November 2015 Issue – IMO joins 70th UN birthday celebrations

Most of us must be aware that a fundamental change is necessary. We are confronted with so many problems, and there must be a different way – perhaps a totally different way – to approach all these problems.J. Krishnamurti

In this world, unity is achievable only by learning to unite despite differences. Total eradication of differences is impossible. The secret of attaining peace in life is tolerance of disturbance of the peace.Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

The rapproachment of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common band of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world.J. William Fulbright

IMO has participated in celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. This includes sending the UN’s digital ambassador Elyx, the cartoon character specially developed by renowned French artist Yak, to see IMO’s headquarters and work in the field. Elyx’s virtual journey around the world in 70 days shed light on the work of the UN, with UN agencies and other bodies contributing to show Elyx interacting with different areas of their work, and sharing the results via social media. Additionally, around 200 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in nearly 60 countries around the world were lit up in UN blue.

History in the making

The role of maritime heritage in raising awareness of modern shipping has been a strong theme for IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu in recent years. It was echoed at the annual meeting of the International Congress of Maritime Museums in Hong Kong today (5 November) in a presentation by IMO’s Fred Kenney, which also touched on the complementary role modern shipping can play in lending a contemporary relevance to museum collections.