The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a shared blueprint for prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are an urgent call for action in a global partnership. As part of the United Nations family, IMO is actively working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated SDGs.
IMO's Technical Cooperation Committee has formally approved linkages between IMO’s technical assistance work and the SDGs. The MEPSEAS Project aims to enhance the countries' capacity to implement a number of high-priority treaties. Among the SDGs, SDG 14 is central to IMO but IMO’s work can also be linked to other SDGs, as can be seen below.
Sustainable Development Goal 5 - Achieve gender equailty and empower all women and girls
Shipping has been a male-dominated industry. IMO believes that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurs productivity and growth, and benefits every stakeholder in the global maritime community. In keeping with SDG 5, delegations from the participating countries emphasized their interest in gender equality by establishing future further engagement with the strategic partner, Women in Maritime Association at Second High-Level Regional Meeting in the Philippines (27-29 August 2019).
Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the ocenas, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
IMO covers all aspects of international shipping - including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal - to ensure that this vital sector remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure. Implementing and enforcing the main conventions and regulations adopted by IMO Member States actively addresses marine pollution from sea-based sources. Under the MEPSEAS Project training packages for the implementation of marine environment protection conventions have been and will continue to be created. Thus far, the training packages cover the Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS), the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) and the Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Annex V).
Sustainable Development Goal 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
SDG 17 calls upon global partnerships to support the achievement of the SDGs in all countries, in particular developing countries. IMO actively pursues specific partnerships with its Member States and others to execute individual projects or initiatives at both regional and global level. In keeping with SDG 17, the MEPSEAS Project facilitates cooperation between developed and developing countries. One way this is achieved is through regional partnerships and a recent example of this is the Train-The-Trainers event held at the Maritime Port Authority in Singapore.