BATUMI DECLARATION

DECLARATION

OF THE GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL MARITIME FORUM 2018

Sailing Towards The Roaring Twenties

Batumi, Georgia September 13, 2018

 

Two thirds of the surface of our planet is covered by water; indeed the blue planet. Our oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers are major sources of life, food, and jobs. Responsible management of these essential global resources is key to sustainable future.

Maritime transport is essential for the development of global trade and sharing of wealth and resources. Safe, secure, efficient and clean maritime transportation is fundamental for the attainment of most of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The coming decade presents formidable challenges and opportunities that can make or break and, sailing through them is a challenge in itself.

WE, PARTICIPANTS of the Georgia International Maritime Forum 2018, held in the port city of Batumi under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Georgia H.E. Mr Mamuka Bakhtadze

HAVING GATHERED today at this high level meeting led by Prime Minister Bakhtadze and the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization H.E. Mr Kitack Lim, attended by the officials from international organisations, governments, the industry, shipping and environmental bodies, to discuss the critical need of ensuring healthy oceans, development of a sustainable blue economy, the role of major partnerships and international collaborations and, the action required for the attainment of these goals;