IMO 21st Assembly approves budget, work programme, resolutions
IMO Assembly approves budget, work programme
The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations agency concerned with maritime safety and the prevention of marine pollution from ships, held its 21st session at its London headquarters from 15-26 November.
The Assembly approved budgetary appropriations totalling £36,612,200, representing Zero Nominal Growth over the previous biennium. The total comprises an appropriation of £18,155,000 for 2000 and £18,457, 200 for 2001.
In 1998-1999, appropriations also totalled £36,612,200, comprising an appropriation of £17,946,100 for 1998 and £18,666,100 for 1999.
The Assembly elected a new Council for the next biennium and adopted a number of technical resolutions relating to the work of the Organization.
The Assembly normally meets once every two years. All 157 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 was attended by a total 817 delegates. These included representatives of 138 Member States and two Associate Members; and observers from eight intergovernmental organizations and 36 non-governmental organizations.
Election of new IMO Council
The Assembly elected the following 32 States to the Council for the 2000-2001 biennium:
In 1998-1999, Members of the council in categories (a) and (b) were the same, but in category (c) the Members elected for 1998-1999 were: Algeria, Australia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia.
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 Assembly approved the work programme for the next biennium and long term objectives for the 2000s, which are identified as follows:
Diplomatic conferences approved
The Assembly approved the holding of three diplomatic conferences in the 2000-2001 biennium to adopt new legal instruments:
Adoption of resolutions
The Assembly adopted the following resolutions, including those submitted by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), IMO's senior technical body, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and other IMO subsidiary bodies.
Council 83rd session
The Council's 83rd session was held on Friday 26th November.
Mr. G. A. Dubbeld of the Netherlands was re-elected chairman of the Council for the 2000-2001 biennium and H.E. Mr. S. Oñate of Mexico was elected as vice-chairman.