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04 Jan 2016 description

BACKGROUND

Organizations responsible for the management of emergencies (including conventional emergencies) recognize that good preparedness in advance of any emergency can substantially improve the emergency response. One of the most important elements of emergency preparedness is the coordination of arrangements among the different bodies involved to ensure clear lines of responsibility and authority.

16 Sep 2015 description

Recent incidents in which hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have lost their lives, including dozens found dead in the holds of the ships that were carrying them, have prompted strong condemnation and refreshed calls for concerted action to tackle people smugglers from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu.

Mr Sekimizu said that smugglers were sending people to sea in craft that were totally unsuitable for passengers and crowding them on board to levels that were completely unsafe.

20 Apr 2015 description

The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Koji Sekimizu, today (20 April) called for coordinated action to safeguard migrants, following the most recent incident involving large-scale loss of life in the Mediterranean.

While recognizing the significant contribution of the coast guards and naval forces of Italy and Malta, EU Operation Triton and the merchant shipping industry in rescuing thousands of migrants, Mr Sekimizu said:

10 Mar 2015 description

Several United Nations agencies have agreed to establish a mechanism to enhance existing inter-agency communication with respect to the maritime aspects of mixed migration by sea.

04 Mar 2015 description

United Nations agencies are meeting in London today (Wednesday, 4 March) to discuss concerted ways to address the high numbers of lives being lost at sea in unsafe craft, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea, where hundreds of people are reported to have died in recent weeks alone on dangerous and unregulated sea passages.

12 Dec 2014 description

Nous sommes vivement préoccupés par les pertes en vies humaines, les blessures, les traumatismes et les graves violations des droits humains affectant les migrants, les demandeurs d'asile et les réfugiés voyageant lors de traversées en mer. Cette situation met à rude épreuve les services de sauvetage, les infrastructures d'accueil, les ressources des garde-côtes et de la marine ainsi que le transport maritime international.

10 Dec 2014 description

We are deeply concerned about the loss of life, injury, trauma and serious human rights violations affecting migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees traveling by sea. The situation is stretching rescue and reception infrastructure, as well as coast guard and navy resources, and affecting international shipping.

24 Oct 2014 description

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today (24 October) reiterated that there should be no general ban on international travel or trade due to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, citing the recommendations of the third meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.