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IMO Council appoints Secretary-General, endorses 2024 theme

 

The IMO Council has decided to appoint Mr. Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco (Republic of Panama) as IMO Secretary-General, for an initial four-year term from 1 January 2024, following a vote. The Council was meeting for its 129th session (17-21 July) .

Amongst other agenda items, the Council endorsed the World Maritime Theme for 2024: “Navigating the future: safety first!”; decided to award the International Maritime Prize for 2022 to Ms. Anneliese Jost of Germany; and decided to bestow the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea on Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Caleb Halle, Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, United States Coast Guard (USCG), nominated by the United States. 

Appointment of Secretary-General

The Council decided to appoint Mr. Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco (Republic of Panama) as IMO Secretary-General, for an initial four-year term from 1 January 2024, following a vote.

The decision of the Council is subject to approval by the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 33rd session from 27 November to 6 December 2023.

World Maritime theme 2024: “Navigating the future: safety first!”

The Council endorsed the World Maritime Theme for 2024: “Navigating the future: safety first!”. The theme reflects IMO’s work to enhance maritime safety and security, in tandem with the protection of the marine environment, whilst ensuring its regulatory development process safely anticipates the fast pace of technological change and innovation.

Budget proposals for 2024-2025 endorsed

The Council approved, in principle, the regular budget outline for the 2024-2025 biennium of £83,583,000, comprising an appropriation of £40,908,000 for 2024 and an appropriation of £42,675,000 for 2025. The proposed budget will be submitted to the IMO Assembly for adoption.

Strategic Plan for 2024-2029 endorsed

The Council agreed, in principle, on the draft Strategic Plan for the six-year period 2024 to 2029 consisting of the mission statement, vision statement, overarching principles and strategic directions 1 to 8. The draft will be submitted to a Working Group on the Strategic Plan to meet during C 130, to finalize the draft for the C130 session. C 130 will then submit the plan to the IMO Assembly for adoption.

The eight strategic directions are:

  • SD 1 Improve implementation of IMO instruments supported by capacity development
  • SD 2 Integrate new, emerging and advancing technologies in the regulatory framework
  • SD 3 Respond to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping
  • SD 4 Continue to engage in ocean governance
  • SD 5 Enhance global facilitation, supply chain resilience and security of international trade
  • SD 6 Address the human element
  • SD 7 Ensure regulatory effectiveness of international shipping
  • SD 8 Ensure organizational effectiveness

 

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