Assembly centrepiece of intense activity at IMO

The final part of November heralds a busy period for IMO with the Organizationís biennial Assembly at the centrepiece of a series of important meetings that will confirm the Organizationís structure, budget and key policy objectives for the next two years.

On Friday November 16th, the IMO Council will hold its 21st Extraordinary Session. The main purpose of the extraordinary session of the Council, which always immediately precedes an IMO Assembly, is to approve its final report on the work of IMO during the previous biennium. The report, which includes recommendations on the Organizationís work programme and budget for 2002 - 2003, is then presented to the Assembly for adoption.

The IMO Assembly, which meets every two years, will be in session from Monday 19th November to Friday 30th November.

During the Assembly, the first ever extraordinary meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee will convene (Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th November), to hear further reports from IMO Secretary-General William OíNeil about Parties to the revised STCW Convention that have been deemed to be giving full and complete effect to the Convention.

Finally, the new IMO Council, elected during the Assembly, will meet on Friday 30th November to elect a chairman for the forthcoming biennium.

Note to editors: The IMO Assembly is the highest Governing Body of the Organization.   It consists of all Member States and it meets once every two years in regular sessions, but may also meet in an extraordinary session if necessary.   It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization.   The Assembly also elects the Council.

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 the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention which is reserved for the Assembly.

Further briefings on the meetings and their outcomes will be issued by IMO as appropriate.

For further information please contact:

Lee Adamson, Public Information Manager on 020 7587 3153 ( or

Natasha Brown, Information Officer on 020 7587 3274 (