Denmark – candidate for IMO Council 2024-25

Denmark has submitted its candidature for re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2024-2025, which will take place during the 33rd Assembly session, 27 november -7 December 2023.

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, especially in the light of the current geopolitical situation.

Key priorities for Denmark

As a member of the IMO council, Denmark will work for the following:

  • Safeguard and develop global supply chains
  • Promote green and sustainable shipping for a blue future
  • Ensure high standards of health, safety and training for our seafarers
  • Improving safety and security in the maritime sector
  • Guarantee inclusiveness for all Member States through capacity-building and reduction of administrative burdens
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  • 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 175 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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