The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Assembly has announced the adoption of its strategic plan for 2018-2023 at its recently concluded 30th session held in London, UK.

The plan includes a revised mission statement, as well as a vision statement and seven new strategic directions for the organisation.

“IMO will uphold its leadership role as the global regulator of shipping, promote greater recognition of the sector’s importance and enable the advancement of shipping.”

It is expected to help the IMO to support the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

IMO’s new vision statement reads: “IMO will uphold its leadership role as the global regulator of shipping, promote greater recognition of the sector’s importance and enable the advancement of shipping, whilst addressing the challenges of continued developments in technology and world trade; and the need to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“To achieve this, IMO will focus on review, development and implementation of and compliance with IMO instruments in its pursuit to proactively identify, analyse and address emerging issues and support Member States in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

One of the strategic directions mentioned in the plan intends to help the IMO implement and enforce regulations more effectively and consistently.

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Various other directions outlined in the plan also aim to integrate new and advancing technologies into the regulatory framework, while developing proper solutions to reduce the shipping industry’s contribution to air pollution and its overall impact on climate change.

In addition, the directions seek to further the development of mechanisms to regulate and control the use of the oceans and their resources, as well as improve the global facilitation and security of international trade made via ships.

The IMO’s vision statement also aims to increase overall effectiveness of the organisation, among other goals.

Furthermore, the IMO Assembly has also adopted its budget and work programme for 2018 to 2019.