The International Maritime Organization‘s 25th Assembly, which is the IMO’s highest governing body will meet in Royal Lancaster Hotel, London from 19 to 30 November 2007. The Assembly normally meets once in two years in regular session. All 167 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend. The Assembly is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. The Assembly also elects the Council.
Important activities and reviews to be done by the Assembly:
- Review of the work of the Organization during the biennium 2006‑2007
- Technical matters pertaining to work on safety and maritime security-related issues, the development of e‑navigation,the implementation of the system for the long-range identification and tracking of ships, the prevention and suppression of illicit drug trafficking on board ships, the enhancement of the security of the transport of closed cargo transport units and freight containers etc.,
- Technical co-operation
- Adoption of resolutions such as amendments to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREG) to revise Annex IV Distress Signals, guidelines on voyage planning for passenger ships operating in remote areas, revised Criteria for the provision of mobile-satellite communication systems in the GMDSS (revision of resolution A.888(21)) etc.,
Also, renewal of the appointment of Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos for a further term of four years, for the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2011 will be taken up by the Assembly.
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