Press release from Ministry of Infrastructure

Sweden elected to the IMO Council


Sweden has been elected as a member of the Council of the International Maritime Organization. This means that Sweden will have greater opportunities to push for issues such as increased maritime safety and reduced environmental and climate impact of maritime transport.

“Sweden will push for a tougher IMO climate strategy and reduced maritime greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree target. Now that Sweden is back in the Council, we can push for the global maritime industry to increase safety and reduce its climate impact,” says Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth.

As a member of the IMO Council, Sweden can also influence how the IMO is governed, its budget and strategic direction.

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About IMO:

The Council is the Executive Organ of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The IMO is the United Nations specialised agency whose primary responsibility is the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. Sweden has been a member of the IMO virtually since the organisation was founded and a Council member for most of that time.