Shipping "backbone" of global trade, economy

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Shipping is the backbone of global trade and the global economy, the Secretary-General has said in his message for World Maritime Day.

Observed annually on 29 September, the official UN day draws attention to the importance of shipping and other maritime activities.

This year's theme focuses on the critical link between shipping and the everyday lives of people all over the planet.

Charles Appel reports.

In rich and poor countries alike, billions of people depend on ships and shipping for jobs and livelihoods, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In a statement released Thursday, Mr Ban noted that people ship "food, technology, medicines, and memories".

Millions of people around the world have been lifted out of acute poverty in recent years because of the role the shipping industry has played.

It has also "dramatically" raised people's living standards.

Shipping is indispensable to the world because it supports and sustains today's global society.

It will be just as critical for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Secretary-General concluded.

The plan aims to eliminate extreme poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle the effects of climate change.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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