Queen to Mark 70th Year of International Maritime Organization

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Her Majesty The Queen will visit the International Maritime Organization

Tuesday 6th March 2018

Her Majesty The Queen will visit the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on Tuesday 6th March 2018 to mark the 70th year of its formation. Her Majesty will be greeted by Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary General, of the IMO before viewing a model of RMS Queen Mary 2. The Queen will listen to a short speech by the Secretary General and unveil a plaque to mark Her Majesty’s visit. The Queen will view the lighthouse optic, a gift to the IMO from Trinity House, and an exhibition about the role of modern shipping, before cutting a cake to mark the anniversary and departing.

The International Maritime Organization
As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

Shipping is a truly international industry, transporting more than 80 percent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world. The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry – and this is provided by the regulatory framework developed and maintained by IMO.

IMO measures cover all aspects of international shipping – including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal – to ensure that this vital sector remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure.

IMO has 173 Member States and is the only United Nations agency to be headquartered in the UK. 2018 marks the 70th year since it was formed, by the adoption of an international convention in Geneva. Her Majesty opened the headquarters building in 1983.

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