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Day of the Seafarer 2020 Theme

Every year 25th of June is celebrated as the Day of the Seafarer for acknowledging the important contribution that seafarers make to foreign trade and the global economy, often at great personal cost for themselves and their families. The Seafarer’s Day was first observed in 2011, following its creation by a resolution was adopted in June 2010 by the Conference of the Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), which adopted major revisions to the STCW Convention and Code.

The Day of the Seafarer offers an opportunity to celebrate the unique and all too often overlooked contributions to the well-being of the public by 1,5 million seafarers worldwide, and we would like to make that happen through as many social media networks as possible.

The day recognizes the unique and essential role played by seafarers within the world community, and the United Nations recognizes the Seafarer Day as a day of observance. This year the Day of The Seafarer will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on 25th of June

Theme of Day of the Seafarer 2020

This year the 2020 campaign theme of Day of the Seafarer is- Seafarers are Key Workers

This year’s campaign of Day of the Seafarer calls on all Member States to acknowledge seafarer as key employees – and to provide them with resources, assistance, and opportunities for journeying through the pandemic for all key workers.

The Seafarer’s Day 2020 campaign honors seafarers by recognizing their efforts and the challenges they face. Most of the seafarers have been away from their homes for months and are unsure when they will go back home due to travel restrictions.

Seafarers have a vital role to play in the flow of vital goods such as food, medicines, and medical supplies at the front lines of the pandemic of COVID 19. However, the Pandemic crisis has led to the harsh working conditions for seafarers, including uncertainty and difficulties around the port entry, re-supply, crew changes, and repatriation.

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In response to the pandemic, the campaign also focuses on raising awareness about the work accomplished by the seafarer and also to thank them for their invaluable contribution. Everybody should recognize the ability of the seafarers’ that plays to deliver vital goods which is essential to responding to the pandemic. It also encourages everyone to give respect and dignity to the seafarer which they deserve so that they can provide important goods and keep world trade moving.

Importance of celebrating Day of the Seafarer

The goal of this day is to thank our seafarer for their valuable contributions to the world economy and to civil society as well. It also aims at recognizing the risks and personal costs involved in their work and also to draw global attention towards the questions such as piracy, which affect your work and life.

The resolution calls on governments, shipping companies, maritime companies and others through the Seafarer’s Day to promote and uphold trade and seafarers.

Swikriti Dandotia

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