IMO Assembly elects new Council for 2006-2007 biennium

Assembly - 24th session: 21 November - 2 December 2005

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be members of its Council for the 2006-2007 biennium:

Category (a): 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): 10 other States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade:

  Argentina
Bangladesh
Brazil
Canada
France
Germany
India
Netherlands
Spain
Sweden

Category (c): 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:

  Algeria
Australia
Bahamas
Belgium
Chile
Cyprus
Denmark
Egypt
Indonesia
Kenya
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Philippines
Portugal
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Africa
Thailand
Turkey

The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization and co-ordinating the work of the Committees. 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 issues.

The 24th session of the IMO Assembly is being held at its London Headquarters; it started on 21 November and is scheduled to last until 2 December 2005.

Briefing 49, 25 November 2005

For further information please contact:
Lee Adamson, Head, Public Information Services on 020 7587 3153 (media@imo.org) or
Natasha Brown, External Relations Officer on 020 7587 3274 (media@imo.org).