Government of Sweden

05/03/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/03/2021 08:25

Sweden standing for IMO Council

Increased safety at sea and reduced environmental and climate impact from shipping are important issues that Sweden is currently pursuing as a Member of the IMO. Sweden is standing for a seat on the Council, which is the executive body of the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO).

- Sweden is a leader in climate adaptation and the work on shifting transports from road to shipping. We also have a rich shipping tradition and 90 per cent of Sweden's imports and exports are currently transported via shipping. Through participation in the Council, Sweden has the opportunity to influence how the IMO is governed, its budget and strategic direction. It is therefore important that Sweden can participate in the IMO Council, says Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth.

The election will take place during the 32nd session of the IMO Assembly in December 2021. The IMO Assembly comprises all 174 Member States and meets biennially. The Council has 40 Members.