Secondary School Kit on the United Nations: A Web Adaptation

Unit 15: Cleaner Oceans
International Maritime Organization (IMO)

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International Maritime
Organization (IMO)
The IMO was formerly called the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO). IMCO was established in 1948 and became the IMO in 1982. A number of conventions have been agreed as a result of the work undertaken by the Organization including the safety of life at sea, the prevention of marine pollution by ships, the training and certification of seafarers and the prevention of collisions at sea.

The IMO's two most important objectives are the improvement of maritime safety and the prevention of marine pollution, particularly oil pollution.

World Maritime Day is during the last week of September each year.

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1. State the two main purposes of IMO.
2. Why is an organization like IMO necessary?
3. What do you think IMO would need to do in order to achieve its goals?
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