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IMO TO INCREASE SIZE OF COUNCIL AND EXTEND MULTILINGUALISM

IMO TO INCREASE SIZE OF COUNCIL AND EXTEND MULTILINGUALISM

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

The IMO Council, at its 33rd extraordinary session, has approved draft amendments to the IMO Convention which will expand the size of the Council, extend the term of its Members and recognise three additional language texts as authentic versions of the IMO Convention.

The amendments will put to the 32nd session of the IMO Assembly in December 2021, and wiill require acceptance by two thirds of the IMO Membership, or 116 Member States (based on the current membership of 174 Member States and two Associate Members) for entry into force. Upon entry into force, the IMO Council will increase by 12 Member States, from its current 40 Members to 52.

Under the approved amendments, Council Members would remain in their roles until the end of the next two consecutive regular sessions of the Assembly, after which they would be eligible for re-election. Since Assemblies are usually held every two years, this would usually mean that Members would serve a four-year term.

Separately, in the spirit of multilingualism embraced by the United Nations system, the IMO Council agreed that Arabic, Chinese and Russian, (which are already official languages of the Organization), should be added as authentic texts  of the IMO Convention, supplementing the current authentic texts in English, French and Spanish.

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