Philippines re-elected in the IMO council for 2014-2015
The Philippines is once again elected to be a member-state of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Council.
The country landed on 9th spot out of 20 for the C-category of the council, garnering 126 out of 157 votes cast. As a member under the C-category, the Philippines is considered to "have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world".
The IMO Assembly elected 40 Member States to its Council under the following categories:
Category (a) - 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, and United States.
Category (b) - 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, The Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.
Category (c) - 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world: Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey.
The Council is elected by the Assembly, which is composed of all the IMO Member countries for a two -year term where they will supervise the work of the Organization.
The IMO is the United Nations’ specialized agency with a special mandate to ensure the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.