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Press release from Ministry of Infrastructure

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.

About the IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the UN shipping organisation. It is a global shipping agency that focuses on measures to increase maritime safety, strengthen the protection of shipping, make shipping easier and protect the marine environment. Sweden has been Member of the IMO since the organisation was founded.

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