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International Maritime Organisation

The International Maritime Organisation is a specialised agency of the United Nations responsible for the regulation of shipping. Headquartered in London, UK IMO was established in 1948 whilst it came into force 10 years later. It has 172 Member Nations and three Associate Members.
IMO covers all aspects of international shipping – including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal – to ensure that this vital sector remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure. IMO has pioneered a series of projects based on a global partnership model known as Glo-X, which is being used to accelerate legal, policy and institutional reforms in developing countries to implement international conventions while, at the same time, leveraging private sector partnerships to accelerate research and development and technological innovations by forming global industry alliances and facilitating information exchange.
Today, the expanded, amended and updated MARPOL Convention remains the most important, as well as the most comprehensive, international treaty covering the prevention of both marine and atmospheric pollution by ships, from operational or accidental causes. By providing a solid foundation for substantial and continued reductions in ship-source pollution, the Convention continues to be relevant today.
The IMO track record in minimizing pollution from ships, both into the seas and oceans and into the atmosphere, speaks for itself. The Organization is fully committed to working through its member States and with its partners to continue to develop, maintain and implement a set of global regulations to ensure shipping’s sustainable use of the oceans.The proper functioning of this agency is pivotal for sustainable development.

AGENDA: International Maritime Organisation – Prevention of Maritime Piracy and Armed Robbery at sea.