New York, 23 September 2022 (TDI): The two-day Global Maritime Forum is taking place in New York City between 22-23 September 2022. The global maritime event brings together various leaders and experts from all over the world on one platform.
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Agenda of the Maritime Forum
The forum’s agenda is to discuss pressing challenges and opportunities facing the maritime sector today and in the future. The officials will generate ideas for practical actions that can help shape the future of global seaborne trade.
Chief Executive Officer at the Global Maritime Forum, Johannah Christensen said, “Our ambition for this year’s Annual Summit is to bring leaders together to better understand, collaborate, and act on these challenges – it is needed now more than ever”.
Speaking at the event United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary-General, Rebeca Grynspan said, ‘the world again needs the shipping industry to brave the rough seas of crises.’
She lauded the work already done to help load and transport food and fertilizers from Ukraine under the Black Sea Grain Initiative brokered by the United Nations and Türkiye.
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The Global Maritime Forum calls to action for greater numbers and bigger sizes of ships to transit via the Black Sea as major shipowners have mostly been reluctant to commit to newer and larger vessels.
The war in Ukraine has disrupted major shipping routes and supply chains. It has also triggered global food, energy, and financial crises that have sparked record prices and could push tens of millions more people across the world into hunger and poverty this year.
Maritime transport has a key role to play in cushioning the blow since ships carry over 80% of the goods the world trades. It includes most of the food, energy, and fertilizers people desperately need right now.
In addition, the shipping industry is working towards full decarbonization by 2050. Moreover, the forum tends to increase sustainable long-term economic development and human well-being.