As a specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization (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.
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.
Energy efficiency, new technology and innovation, maritime education and training, maritime security, maritime traffic management and the development of the maritime infrastructure are all issues underpinning IMO's commitment to provide the institutional framework necessary for a safe, green and sustainable global maritime transportation system.
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