THE Philippines has been re-elected to the International Maritime Organization Council for the 2020-2021 biennium.
Members of the Council re-elected the Philippines under Category “C”.
These are states which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.
Among the countries in Category “C” are: Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.
The Philippine Embassy in The United Kingdom on its twitter account said “We are thankful for the vote of confidence from IMO Member States.”
On Dec. 1, 2017, the Philippines was also re-elected under the same Category by the Council.
The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.
Following the conclusion of the 31st Assembly, the newly elected Council will meet for its 123rd session (on 5 December) and will elect its Chair and Vice Chair for the next biennium.
The 31st Assembly of IMO is meeting in London at IMO Headquarters from 25 November to 4 December 2019. All 174 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body.
The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work program, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization’s 40-Member Council.
The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.