Big changes at IMO

Elections of next Secretary-General, new awards, new trust funds


Election of next Secretary-General

The Council approved the procedures for holding the election of the Secretary-General at the July 2023 session of the Council (C 129) to find a successor to Kitack Lim. Applications from candidates for the position of Secretary-General will be invited to reach IMO by 31 March 2023 at the latest.

Following the election in July 2023, the decision of the Council will be submitted to the 33rd session of the Assembly of IMO in late 2023, and the elected Secretary-General will take office on January 1st, 2024.

New IMO Gender Equality Award established

The Council agreed to establish an annual IMO Gender Equality Award. The Award will recognize persons, irrespective of their gender and rank, who work in the maritime sector, including governments, industry, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and who have made a verifiable contribution to the empowerment of women in the maritime sector at the national, regional or international level.

The IMO Gender Equality Award would be presented by the Secretary-General at the IMO Headquarters on the occasion of the annual commemoration of the International Day for Women in Maritime.

The International Day for Women in Maritime is held on 18 May. The inaugural day was celebrated in 2022, and the first award will be made in 2024.

Trust Fund to assist States to attend IMO meetings

The Council approved the establishment of a Voluntary Multi-Donor Trust Fund to Facilitate the Participation of Developing Countries, Especially Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in IMO Meetings.

The Fund aims to provide financial assistance to SIDS and LDCs IMO Member States to participate in GHG-related IMO meetings/negotiations.

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Narjiss Ghajour

Editor-in-Chief of Maritime Professionals
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