International Maritime Organization, IMO held its first meeting in 1959. The IMO is one of the smallest of all UN agencies. The IMO is headquartered in London.
The IMO was established by a convention which entered into force in 1958. It provides a forum for international cooperation on rules and practices for safety at sea. The IMO
- facilitates cooperation among governments on technical matters affecting international shipping
- develops international treaties on maritime safety to achieve the highest level of maritime and environmental protection standards on a worldwide basis.
The Assembly is the highest decision-making organ, consisting of all member states of the IMO. It holds its sessions every two years. The Assembly adopts the programme of work, the budget and recommendations. It also elects the Secretary-General as well as the Council members of the IMO.
The Council, composed of thirty-two members elected for two years, is the principal organ between the Assembly sessions. The work is conducted through five committees supported by subcommittees.
More on IMO
- The IMO website is structured according to the main areas of concern to the Organization. It provides background information, news, full text reports and documents, conventions, recommendations and summary records of meetings.
- IMO News Magazine. A quarterly news magazine. Online 1998- onwards.
- MKC Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB) provides a monthly digest of news and publications focusing on subjects and themes related to the work of IMO.
- IMO conventions with amendments, signatures and ratifications are posted at IMO.
- Index on IMO Resolutions.
- IMO Knowledge centre (MKC) part of the global network of United Nations System Libraries.
Key UN documents
UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases
- United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
- UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
- ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
- Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
- UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
- Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
- a list of all documents
- a comprehensive subject index
- an index to speeches
- a voting chart of resolutions
- United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
- All UN documents from 1993-.
- All resolutions of the Principal Organs from 1946-.
- All Security Council plenary documents from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- All supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR) from 1946-.
- All General Assembly plenary meeting records from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- Older documents are being scanned: Update on UN Digitization Programme.