IMO Council


Denmark succeeded in securing its seat in the Council of International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the 31st Assembly, which took place in November 2019. Denmark can now continue in the Council until 2021. As a long-time member of IMO, Denmark will continue to contribute to the development of highly practicable international standards on safety, efficiency of navigation as well as prevention of marine pollution from ships.

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
  • Facts
    • 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.

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