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2 December 2019

France re-elected to the International Maritime Organization Council

On the occasion of the 31st Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), held in London from 25 November to 4 December 2019, France was re-elected to the Council, the Organisation's highest governing body.

International Maritime Organization
IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

Following the 83 Ministers' and High Authorities' policy statements, the Assembly voted on the new Council, which is IMO’s executive body responsible for supervising the Organization’s work, under the Assembly's authority. Supported by 145 Member States, France was re-elected. It has been a member of the Council since its creation.

Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister of State for Transport welcomed the re-election, commending IMO’s and its Secretary-General's commitment against climate change, a dynamic that led to adoption of the strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships in April 2018.

The Minister of State also wished to highlight France's commitment to such work. As regards the means employed to achieve it, he reminded members of France's vision during his participation in the International Maritime Organization’s Assembly in London, on 26 November 2019: “It doesn't matter what the solutions are – reduction of power or speed, improvement of ships' efficiency, wind-assisted propulsion or carbon-neutral fuels – as long as the result is achieved and can be measured and verified in order to guarantee their credibility and fairness.”

Hence, France will continue to promote sustainable maritime transport for a sustainable planet, supporting IMO's key role in development and promotion of maritime transport in the face of the 21st century's challenges.

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