France re-elected IMO Council member for next two years
Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson – United Nations – International Maritime Organization – France’s re-election to the IMO Council
Paris, 5 December 2017
The election of the members of the IMO Council for the period 2018-2019 took place on 1 December during the 30th session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization, which has its headquarters in London.
France was re-elected to the IMO Council as a member of category B, which is composed of states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.
It thanks the member states for their support for its candidacy and congratulates the other 39 members of the IMO Council elected on this occasion.
The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, responsible for promoting maritime security, the efficiency of navigation, and the prevention and control of marine pollution by vessels.
As a member of the IMO Council for the next two years, France intends to involve itself in particular in the adoption of an ambitious strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by international shipping. Although international shipping is covered by the Paris Agreement just like all activities that produce greenhouse gases, this sector is in fact not included – due to its essentially international nature – in the national contributions deposited by the states at the time the agreement was ratified. As such, it is up to the IMO to address the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships within the framework of its Marine Environment Protection Committee./.