Denmark has submitted its candidature for re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2022-2023, which will take place during the 32nd Assembly session, 6-15 December 2021.
Denmark is a dedicated maritime nation with a long-standing commitment to IMO and the development of high practicable international standards on safety, efficiency of navigation as well as prevention of marine pollution from ships. Over the years, Denmark has participated in and contributed actively to the work of the IMO, including the ongoing development of the strategic vision for the IMO by which the Council is guiding the work of the IMO organs.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the necessity of global cooperation on shipping issues and in this respect; the IMO has demonstrated its capacity to remain the focal point for addressing both current and future challenges. Denmark is strongly committed to ensuring that the IMO remains in this central position.
Key priorities for Denmark
As a member of the IMO council, Denmark will work for the following:
- Smart regulation and facilitating digitalization and automation
- Effective enforcement of IMO instruments
- Contribution to reducing shipping's GHG emissions
- Improving safety and security at sea
- The IMO is UN's specialized maritime organization, whose mission is to set global standards for maritime safety and environmental protection of the world seas. IMO has 174 member countries.
- 40 countries are members of the IMO Council, which can be described as the governing board of the organization. The Council is responsible for the organization's strategy and budget.
- Elections to the IMO Council are held every second year during the IMO Assembly. Denmark was elected for the first time in 2001 and has been re-elected ever since.