IMO Assembly to meet for 22nd Session

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations agency concerned with maritime safety and the prevention of marine pollution from ships, will hold its 22nd session at its London headquarters from 19-30 November 2001.

The Assembly normally meets once every two years. All 160 Member States and two Associate Members are entitled to attend as are the inter-governmental organizations with which agreements on co-operation have been concluded and non-governmental organizations which have consultative status with IMO.

The Assembly will be preceded on Friday 16 November by the 21st Extraordinary Session of the IMO Council.

The main tasks of the Assembly will be as follows:

1. To elect the new IMO 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 that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

The current 32 Members of the Council, elected by the 21st session of the Assembly in 1999 for 2000-2001, are as follows:

Category (a): Eight States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States;
Category (b): Eight States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Sweden; and
Category (c): Sixteen 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: Australia, the Bahamas, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey.

The 1993 amendments increase the number of Member States in each of categories (a) and (b) to ten States each and the number of Member States in category (c) to 20 States.  (See IMO Briefing 30/2001).

2. To approve the work programme and budget

The Assembly will consider with a view to approval the proposed budget for 2002-2003 and the related work programme for the Organization.

The IMO budget has been held at £36, 212, 200 for three successive two-year periods, 1996-97, 1998-99 and 2000-2001.

3. To adopt draft resolutions prepared by subordinate bodies

A number of draft resolutions have been submitted by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), Technical Co-operation Committee and the Legal Committee for adoption by the Assembly.

The Assembly will also consider for adoption any resolutions submitted by the Council’s 21st Extraordinary Session.

Note to Editors: First extraordinary session of the Maritime Safety Committee

The meetings of the Assembly will be suspended for the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) to hold its first extraordinary session, commencing at 4.30 p.m. on both Tuesday, 27 and Wednesday, 28 November 2001. 

The agenda for the first extraordinary session includes Implementation of the revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). Specifically, the extraordinary session will consider the report of the Secretary-General on information communicated by parties to the STCW Convention, as amended in 1995, in order to confirm that additional Parties have been found to be giving the Convention “full and complete effect”.


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