IMO to focus on climate change in 2009
The World Maritime Day theme for 2009 will be ?Climate change: a challenge for IMO too!?, as unanimously agreed by the IMO Council last week, following a proposal from IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos.
?The choice of this theme will give us the opportunity to focus on an urgent issue of global dimensions and thus galvanize action at all appropriate levels of the Organization to add IMO"s contribution to world efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, thus, present to next year"s climate change Conference in Copenhagen a robust position, reflecting the Organization"s determination to respond to its responsibilities decisively and effectively,? Mr. Mitropoulos said.
The Council, which had previously approved the holding of the 2009 parallel event for the celebration of World Maritime Day in the United States, reiterated its appreciation to the United States Government for its offer to host it.