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IMO Assembly elects new 40-member council

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Credit: IMO

IMO announced the states elected during its 30th Assembly to be Members of its Council for the 2018-2019 biennium. The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization.

Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

Category A includes 10 states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services:

  • China,
  • Greece,
  • Italy,
  • Japan,
  • Norway,
  • Panama,
  • Republic of Korea,
  • Russian Federation,
  • United Kingdom,
  • United States.

Category B involves 10 states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates.

Category C includes 20 states not elected under A or B above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.

The newly elected Council will meet, following the conclusion of the 30th Assembly, for its 119th session, on 7 December, and will elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for the next biennium.

The 30th Assembly of IMO is meeting in London at IMO Headquarters from 27 November to 6 December 2017. All 172 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body. The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.

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