IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador Scheme

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The multi-faceted maritime world offers a series of rich and fulfilling career opportunities for young people, both at sea and ashore.
Seafaring can provide young generations not only with an opportunity to provide for their families but also with unique opportunities to navigate the seas of the globe and encounter the wonders of the world. Other avenues such as marine engineering, naval architecture and maritime law provide the chance for an exciting and dynamic life in a truly vital professional sphere.
But young people need to be engaged and enthused if they are to see and understand these opportunities. With this in mind, IMO has launched the IMO Maritime Ambassadors scheme.

Who is an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador?

An IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador is a spokesperson or advocate for the maritime and seafaring professions.

Who can nominate an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador?

IMO Member Governments and intergovernmental organizations in cooperation with IMO and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are invited to participate in the scheme by selecting and identifying "IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors" to promote the maritime and seafaring professions and raise awareness of the positive benefits of choosing a career at sea or other maritime profession. 

What does an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador do?

IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors are encouraged to share their passion about the maritime world with others, particularly young people who are starting out on their further education, apprenticeships and career pathways.

By reaching out, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassadors can engage, inspire and call upon young people to consider careers at sea or in the maritime industries. The goal is to reach new target audiences and inspire a new generation of maritime experts and seafarers.

Nominating an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador

Governments or observer organizations wishing to nominate candidates for the IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador Scheme are invited to submit an endorsed nomination form available under 'Related Documents' above. Completed forms should be sent by email to ero[@] (without spaces). Please put 'Goodwill Maritime Ambassador Scheme' in the subject line of your email. Please note that the nomination period closed on 30 November 2023.

I want to become an IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador, how can I get nominated?

Individuals may not nominate themselves.If you are an individual who is interested in the scheme, please contact your national Government or a relevant organization (NGO or IGO).

IMO does not charge a fee at any stage of the Goodwill Ambassador appointment process.