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Ambassador Ammon with H.E. Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization and guests, © German Embassy London

01.12.2017 - Press release

On the occasion of Germany's candidacy for re-election to the IMO Council at the 30th Assembly taking place on 1 December, Ambassador Peter Ammon, in his capacity as Germany’s Permanent Representative to the IMO, hosted a reception at his Residence on 29 November.

The reception was attended by some 250 high-ranking guests from embassies and high commissions of IMO member states, ministries and the international maritime sector.

H.E. Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, was amongst the guests who enjoyed German specialties and musical entertainment by the renowned ”Munich Maestros”, a quartet of Royal Guards playing German-style brass music. The event served to showcase Germany’s commitment to the IMO and to safe and efficient shipping as a vital pillar of international trade and global prosperity.

Germany plays a key role within the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialised United Nations agency headquartered in London whose mission is to ensure the highest standards for international shipping. The IMO’s main goals are ship safety, environmental protection and preventing terrorism and piracy. To further these and other aims, the Organization has concluded some 50 international agreements as well as numerous recommendations and codes. Germany is one of the world’s leading trading nations with an important maritime sector, and is dedicated to supporting IMO in performing its demanding role as a global regulator.

The 30th IMO Assembly is due to take place from 26 November to 6 December. The Assembly is the highest Governing Body of the Organization and all 172 Member States, associated members, eligible intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations with consultative status take part. The Assembly meets once every two years and is responsible for approving the work programme, voting on the budget and electing the Council.

Member since 1959

The Council consists of 40 member states with a special interest in maritime transport or navigation. The Council meets between the biannual Assembly meetings and is the 'executive arm' during such periods, responsible for overseeing the Organization’s work. Germany, which joined the IMO in 1959, is a member of the IMO Council in Category B, comprising ten states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.