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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, has expressed his profound sadness for the loss of life in the sinking of the ro-ro ferry Spice Islander I off the coast of the United Republic of Tanzania on 10 September.
IMO, shipping industry, seafarers unite in seeking UN response to piracy and release of hostages held in Somalia
Support from the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon to secure the release of hostages - seafarers, in the main - currently being held by pirates in Somalia has been sought, via a letter jointly signed by IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and heads of international shipping and seafarer organizations.
In the letter they asked Mr.
IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has told the United Nations General Assembly that multilateral co operation arrangements, between and among States, regions and institutions can provide the means to reduce the risk of unprovoked piracy attacks on innocent ships, citing coordinated patrols in high-risk areas, information sharing, intelligence exchange and hot pursuit following attacks as among the tools by which this can be achieved.
Addressing an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York, on Friday, 14 May, on the subject of piracy, Mr.
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos has reiterated IMO's assurance to the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, that the Organization stands ready to assist Somalia in repressing piracy off its coast and in the Gulf of Aden, following a meeting at IMO Headquarters in London on 27 October.
Also present at the meeting were the TFG's Minister of Planning and International Communication, Mr.
Maritime Safety Committee - 86th session: 27 May - 5 June 2009
Revised guidance on combating piracy agreed by IMO Maritime Safety Committee
Revised guidance on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships was agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) when it met at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 86th session from 27 May to 5 June.
Preview: Maritime Safety Committee - 86th session: 27 May - 5 June 2009
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is to meet at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 86th session from 27 May to 5 June.
The packed agenda includes discussion on piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, the implementation of the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system, the development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life …
At the invitation of IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, a meeting took place on 30 March 2009, at the IMO Headquarters, with the participation of representatives of shipping industry bodies (known collectively as the "Round Table of international shipping associations", i.e.
The problem of modern piracy, because of the various connotations it has in the case of Somalia, is difficult and complex and a holistic solution may not be easy to find before outstanding political differences are settled on land. Because the perpetrators of these unlawful acts behave with complete disrespect for civil society, unashamedly provoking the rule of law, there is a need to rise to the challenge, redoubling efforts and taking, Governments and industry alike, all the necessary measures to eradicate the scourge.
The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios E.
A high-level meeting of 17 States from the Western Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea areas, convened by IMO in Djibouti to help address the problem of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden, has adopted a Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (the Code of Conduct).
The meeting, which was opened on 26 January 2009 by IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos and the Prime Minister of Djibouti, H.E. Mr.