IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim will attend as special guest speaker at the IAPH World Ports Conference 2020, to be held March 17-19 in Antwerp, Belgium.
“Secretary General Kitack Lim is a leading voice for collaboration between ports and shipping and we are delighted that he has confirmed his attendance,” said Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH).
“The themes of this conference align with the IMO’s strategic goals for 2020 and beyond – in particular, the conference will explore the topics of energy transition and data collaboration, which are critical to ensuring that ports play a role in achieving a sustainable and profitable future for the global maritime industry.”
The 2020 World Maritime theme selected by the IMO is ‘Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet’, and Secretary General Lim has emphasized that 2020 will mark the “beginning of a decade of action and delivery” that will be decisive for both the shipping industry and for life on the planet. He identified challenges such as cutting greenhouse gas emissions, improving the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, and creating a common path forward for the digitalization of shipping as key measures to transitioning to a sustainable future.
These challenges, and the role of ports in meeting them, will be addressed by the agenda of the World Ports Conference, and by the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Awards taking place at the conference gala dinner at the fully-renovated historic Antwerp Bourse on Wednesday 16 March. With a long list of 40 new port sustainability projects covering the globe registered on the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) and implemented by IAPH members in the previous year, the finalists will be pre-selected by an expert jury and winners selected by them and the public via an online voting system a month before the event in March.
IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim is the latest high-profile addition to an impressive list of leaders scheduled to speak at the World Ports Conference 2020, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.