London International Shipping Week’s Headline Conference is to be held next year at the impressive headquarters of the International Maritime Organization – the heart of global maritime regulation.
Taking place on Wednesday September 15, the LISW21 Conference will feature a unique blend of in-person and online attendance who will come together to debate the most important issues facing the world’s shipping industry. Drawing on the week’s tagline of ‘Propelling World Trade’ and its overarching theme of “Driving growth and recovery in a disrupted world”, the conference will explore the fundamental role that the ESG agenda has in shaping the future of the global shipping industry.
Jos Standerwick, CEO of Maritime London and Chairman of the LISW21 Conference Working Group, said: “We thank the IMO for giving us the exciting opportunity to bring this important international forum to the heart of maritime legislation. This partnership with the IMO underlines the important and strategic role London plays within the international maritime community.
Welcoming the move to host LISW21 during the week, LISW21 Steering Group Chairman John Hulmes, said: “Although the Grosvenor House Hotel has been a wonderful host for the headline Conference at previous LISWs, the opportunity to work with the IMO and use their wonderful facilities helps cement the international reach and reputation of LISW.”
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships. Through its regulatory framework, IMO facilitates a global maritime transportation system that connects markets and moves 80% of world trade It is also the only UN organisation headquartered in the UK.
Its purpose-built building on London’s Albert Embankment overlooks the River Thames and was formally opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 17 May 1983.
In addition to office accommodation for some 300 international civil servants, the building features a state-of-the-art 700-seat conference hall, where the Organization's 174 Member States meet to discuss issues of importance to international shipping, as well as further smaller conference rooms and a range of other meeting facilities. It boasts an outstanding view of the Houses of Parliament.
LISW21 will see a switch in the timing of the headline conference from the traditional Thursday event to Wednesday, enabling delegates to continue their discussions and networking after the conference closes.
The iconic LISW Gala Dinner will go ahead on the Thursday evening (September 16th) as usual.
With key speakers already being lined up, the LISW21 Headline Conference will feature Government Ministers, Shipping industry experts and leaders of influential maritime companies.