World Maritime Day
Every year IMO celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is left to individual Governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September. The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work.
To mark the occasion, the Secretary-General of IMO always prepares a special message and this is backed up by a paper which discusses the selected subject in greater depth. (The Secretary-General's World Maritime Day message for 2008 is also available as an audio presentation in English.)
World Maritime Day 2008: IMO: 60 years in the service of shipping
World Maritime Day 2008 will be celebrated, at the Organization's refurbished Headquarters, on Thursday, 25 September, with various relevant events being planned to be held on that day.
The theme for World Maritime Day 2008, as approved by the Council and endorsed by the Assembly, is "IMO: 60 years in the service of shipping". This theme was chosen as an appropriate way in which to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the IMO Convention (1948) and the 50th anniversary of its entry into force (1958). The celebrations will coincide with the 100th session of the Council, which will be held from 16 to 20 June 2008 and, at the same time, with the Organization's return to its refurbished Headquarters building.