Portraits of former IMO Secretaries-General unveiled

Portraits in oil of the six former Secretaries-General of IMO were unveiled yesterday (Monday, 20 June) during a special ceremony held to coincide with the 94th session of the IMO Council.

The portraits of Mr. Ove Nielsen from Denmark (IMO Secretary-General 1959-1961); Mr. William Graham from the United Kingdom (Acting Secretary-General 1961-1963); Mr. Jean Roullier from France (1963-1967); Sir Colin Goad from the United Kingdom (1968-1973); Dr. Chandrika Prasad Srivastava from India (1974-1989); and Mr. William A. O'Neil from Canada (1990-2003) were painted by Robert Lloyd, a British artist who specializes in maritime subjects.

Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioner of India , Dr. Stephen Ladyman MP, the United Kingdom Minister of State for Transport, Mr. Tom Risdahl, Ambassador of Denmark, Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of IMO, Mr. William A. O'Neil, Secretary-General Emeritus, Mr. Mel Cappe, High Commissioner of Canada, President of the IMO Assembly, Admiral Gerard Gasc, Permanent Representative of France to IMO, Mr. L. Díaz-Monclus (Venezuela), Chairman, IMO Council.

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A leading shipowner, who has indicated that he wishes to remain anonymous, generously sponsored the artist's work.

Speaking at the unveiling, IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos said that the portraits had been commissioned to pay tribute to the former Secretaries-General of the Organization and to recognize the heritage that, collectively, they have created.

"IMO's position in the maritime world, its 'quiet successes' as they were described by Secretary-General Kofi Annan when he visited IMO last February, and the credibility of its outcomes have been founded on its ability to develop technically sound and practicable measures. It is, therefore, fitting that we should recognize the part played in this by those who have led the Organization during their tenure, from the day IMO came into being to the most recent times," he said.

The ceremony was attended by Secretary-General Emeritus, Mr O'Neil.

Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. Srivastava was unable to attend in person, but was represented by his daughter, Mrs Kalpana Srivastava. Also present were Mr. Jean-Eudes Roullier and Mr. Philippe Roullier, sons of Mr Roullier, and Mr. Peter Goad, son of Sir Colin.

Mr. Mitropoulos expressed his hope that, as with the Seafarers' Memorial, the portraits will provide a source of inspiration to staff, delegates and visitors alike, serving as a reminder of the contribution these individuals have made to the success of IMO and as a tribute to their tireless efforts to promote safety, security and environmental protection.

"The course of IMO's history can be traced through their respective tenures of office and the achievements of each of them, in their time, reflect the achievements of the Organization in its perennial quest to attain its objectives. Each, in his own way, has put his strong mark on the evolution of IMO," he said.

The portraits will be placed on permanent display at IMO Headquarters.

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Briefing 29/ 21 June 2005


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