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High-Level Side Event on COVID-19 and Maritime Crew Changes: A humanitarian, safety, and economic crisis
National COVID-19 containment measures, including travel restrictions and border closures, continue to make it increasingly difficult for ship operators worldwide to conduct required crew changes. More than 300,000 seafarers are currently urgently requiring repatriation. This has rapidly unfolded into an urgent humanitarian, safety and economic crisis

On the occasion of World Maritime Day, the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Global Compact, collaboration with the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers' Federation, are bringing together heads of UN agencies, governments, multinational corporations, and shipowner and seafarer representatives, to discuss the present crisis and raise awareness for the important and unsung role of seafarers.


H.E. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Government of Canada

H.E. Annick Girardin, Minister of Marine Affairs of the Republic of France

H.E. James Macharia, E.G.H, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Government of Kenya

H.E. Arthur P. Tugade, Secretary of Transportation, Government of the Philippines

H.E. Noriel Araúz, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority

Mr. Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Unilever

Ms. Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, VP and CEO, Fleet and Strategic Brands at A.P. Moller-Maersk

Mr. Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization

Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary General, International Maritime Organization

Ms. Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Captain Hedi Marzougui

Mr. Stephen Cotton, General Secretary, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Mr. Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

Sep 24, 2020 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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