WMU@40: Conference on Maritime and Ocean Sustainability kicks off

WMU@40: Conferencia sobre sostenibilidad Marítima y Oceánica

The World Maritime University (WMU) was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as its premier centre of excellence for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. The University offers unique postgraduate educational programs, undertakes wide-ranging research in maritime and ocean-related studies, and continues maritime capacity building in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Conference witnessed the presence of influential figures such as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, the current President of the World Maritime University (WMU), Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, and Professor Max Mejía, who is scheduled to assume the presidency on June 30th. They played pivotal roles in shaping the event’s discussions, which attracted a diverse and specialized network of alumni from 170 countries and territories, who gathered in Malmö, Sweden, to pay homage to their Alma Mater and delve into crucial matters concerning Maritime and Ocean Affairs.

Kicking off the Conference on June 20th, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered an enlightening address, shedding light on the technical and economic foundations that underpin the shipping industry’s contribution to the climate change goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. In addition, he fielded questions on education and funding for developing nations, emphasizing the need to foster capacity building and cooperation among IMO states.

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, the incumbent President of WMU, captivated attendees with her impassioned speech, highlighting the significance of legislation in safeguarding the environment and, by extension, ourselves.

Dra. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, presidenta titular de WMU
Dra. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, presidenta titular de WMU

Professor Max Mejía, who is slated to assume the presidency on June 30th, is poised to tackle the challenge of expanding research opportunities through Ph.D. programs and fortifying the Alumni Network to augment the experiences and academic collaboration of IMO member states. This concerted effort aligns with the United Nations’ shared development goals.

Stay tuned for forthcoming updates on the remaining days of the conference, which promise to provide further valuable insights and discussions.

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