The IMO Assembly, which meets once every two years, adopts the Strategic Plan for the Organization, which covers a six-year period.
The Strategic Plan for the Organization for the six-year period 2018 to 2023 (Resolution A .1110(30)) sets out:
- the mission statement, which states:
"The mission of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as a United Nations
specialized agency, is to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and
sustainable shipping through cooperation. This will be accomplished by adopting the highest
practicable standards of maritime safety and security, efficiency of navigation and prevention
and control of pollution from ships, as well as through consideration of the related legal matters
and effective implementation of IMO instruments, with a view to their universal and uniform
"IMO will uphold its leadership role as the global regulator of shipping, promote greater recognition of the sector's importance and enable the advancement of shipping, while addressing the challenges of continuing developments in technology and world trade and the need to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To achieve this, IMO will focus on the review, development and implementation of and compliance with IMO instruments in its pursuit to proactively identify, analyse and address emerging issues and support Member States in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."
SD 1 Improve implementation
SD 2 Integrate new and advancing technologies in the
SD 3 Respond to climate change
SD 4 Engage in ocean governance
SD 5 Enhance global facilitation and security of international trade
SD 6 Ensure regulatory effectiveness
SD 7 Ensure organizational effectiveness
the list of outputs that are planned to be delivered by the Organization over a two-year period, thereby providing the linkage between the Organization's strategy, the work of the various IMO organs and the budget.
The document on the Application of the Strategic Plan (Resolution A.1111(30)) provides planning and management procedures to ensure uniform implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Organization by all its organs.