29th IMO Assembly - Media information


Basic information



The IMO Assembly, the Organization's highest governing body, meets every two years. It is responsible for approving the Organization's work programme and budget for the next two years and electing the 40-Member Council. This year it will also confirm the election of the next IMO Secretary-General.


23 November to 2 December 2015.


IMO Headquarters in London.


All 171 IMO Member States and three Associate Members may attend. Intergovernmental organizations and international non-governmental organizations are also invited. Media may attend certain sessions but other sessions are closed.


Accreditation and media access



-  Any media attending the Assembly and other events will be required to show a valid form of ID.

-  Plenary sessions are open. Public and accredited media may attend.

-  Committee sessions are private. Public and media may not attend, even if accredited.


Media wishing to attend plenary sessions but who do not have current and valid IMO media accreditation must download and complete the media accreditation form and return it to media@imo.org with a letter of assignment.

Already accredited?

If already accredited (and in possession of an IMO media pass) please email media@imo.org if you wish to attend. Your existing pass will be activated.


Agenda and timetable


Please email media@imo.org for agenda and timetable.


Morning, 09.30-12.30; afternoon, 14.30-17:30 (except Monday 23 November which runs 11.30-12.30; 14.30-17.00).


Highlights of particular interest to media


Opening ceremony

Monday 23 November, 11.30

Features speeches by the incoming and outgoing Assembly Presidents, the IMO Secretary-General and UK Shipping Minister the right Hon Robert Goodwill, MP.


Appointment of the next IMO Secretary-General

Thursday 26 November, 09:30

The Assembly will approve the election of the next IMO Secretary-General Mr Kitack Lim (Republic of Korea). Mr. Lim will address the Assembly.


Election of the IMO Council

Friday 27 November

Candidates will speak in plenary during the morning. The election will be by secret ballot in the afternoon. Results are expected late afternoon.


Adoption of resolutions

Wednesday 2 December am


Farewell to Mr. Sekimizu

Wednesday 2 December pm

Outgoing Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu is expected to deliver a farewell address.

Assembly closes. 


Side events


IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Thursday 19 November 18.00

The prestigious annual ceremony for the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea was held in the evening of Thursday 19 November.


IMO International Maritime Prize ceremony

Monday 23 November 17.30

Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, will be presented with the International Maritime Prize  for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years and, in particular, his personal commitment the development of future maritime leaders and his contribution to the enhancement of safety and security in vital shipping lanes.