| International Maritime Organisation
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the international regulation of shipping. Seas At Risk has long been a regular participant in the environmental work of the IMO using the Observer seat of one of its member organisations - Friends of the Earth International - to access this important forum.
The IMO is perhaps most famous for its stewardship of the 1973 International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships as modified by the Protocol of 1978, or "MARPOL 73/78" for short, but it's Member States are also responsible for negotiating international conventions on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships (AFS Convention, 2001) and the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention, 2004). More recently the IMO has started to work on GHG emissions from international shipping.
For the web site of the International Maritime Organisation