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Trends, Developments and Challenges for IMO’s strategic framework


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has decided to develop a new strategic framework with the aim of implementing the new strategic framework in the 2018-2019 biennium. The new strategic framework will be covering the period from 2018-2023.

To develop the new strategic framework, the first step is to identify the relevant overall Trends, Developments and Challenges (TDCs) facing the IMO and the maritime community.

In order to identify the Trends, Developments and Challenges, IMO is requesting relevant information from Member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations in consultative status.  The Secretary-General has issued circular letter No.3574 requesting this information. The Circular letter can also be viewed here: Circular Letter No.3574.

The TDCs should represent a collection of the emerging issues facing the maritime community and that the Organization must take into account. The information can relate to economic, regulatory, political, technological, organizational and other issues, and should as far as possible be substantiated by trend data. Though the TDCs could have a longer time horizon, they should have an impact on the Organization’s activities in the six-year period, 2018-2023. The impact should be on one or more of IMO's core activities (safety, security, environmental protection, facilitation and technical cooperation).

All submissions should, as a minimum, contain the following information:

  • short description of the overall topic;
  • a narrative of the trends and developments, such as the history and the underlying issues;
  • where possible, supporting trend and/or forecast data, to substantiate the trends and developments; and
  • a description of the challenges facing the maritime community in relation to IMO's core activities as well as implications on IMO's role in providing a response.

The deadline for submitting information was 31 December 2015.

As information is received, inputs submitted will be made available on this web page in the language submitted.

The IMO Secretariat will collate and organize the inputs received, in order for those to be discussed at the second session of the Working Group on the Development of a new Strategic Framework (SF-WG 2) which will meet just prior to the 116th session of Council in the spring of 2016.

 Inputs on Trends, Developments and Challenges

 Member States


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