France is re-elected to International Maritime Organization Council

Maritime transport – France re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – Press release issued by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Paris, 2 December 2019

On the occasion of the 31st General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is being held in London from 25 November to 4 December 2019, France was re-elected to the Council. It is the organization’s most important executive organ.

IMO is the global authority responsible for setting security, safety and environmental performance standards for international maritime transport. Its main role is to create a fair, effective regulatory framework for the industry which is then universally adopted and implemented.

Following the political declarations of 83 ministers and high authorities, the Assembly voted to re-elect the Council, which is IMO’s executive organ tasked, under the Assembly’s authority, with supervising the work of the institution. France was re-elected with the support of 145 member states. It has been a member of the Council since its creation.

Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister of State for Transport, welcomes this re-election, paying tribute to the commitment of IMO and its secretary-general to combating climate change. This impetus led to the adoption in April 2018 of the strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

The Minister of State also wishes to highlight France’s commitment to this work. Regarding the means of achieving it, the Minister of State recalled France’s vision during his participation in the General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization in London on 26 November 2019:

“Solutions – reducing ships’ power or speed, improving their efficiency, wind power, carbon-neutral fuel – matter little unless the result is deliverable and can be measured and verified, to guarantee they are credible and fair.”

France will therefore continue to promote sustainable maritime transport for a sustainable planet, supporting IMO’s central role in developing and promoting maritime transport to address the challenges of the 21st century./.

Image: F. de la Mure / MEAE

Published on 03/12/2019

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