Meetings of the Governing Bodies

The governing bodies of the IOPC Funds meet two or three times per year in order to fulfil the requirements set out under Article 18 of the 1992 Fund Convention and Article 16 of the Supplementary Fund Protocol. Under those Articles the governing bodies are required, among other things, to give instructions concerning the administration of the Funds to the Director and to supervise the proper execution of the Conventions and of their own decisions. Further details on the individual governing bodies are provided via the right navigation bar.

Ordinarily, meetings of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies are held at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, which also now houses the IOPC Funds’ offices. However, in the past the IOPC Funds have had the pleasure of holding sessions of the governing bodies in Morocco (2011), Monaco (2008) and Canada (2007) at the kind and generous invitation of the respective Governments.

Documents issued for IOPC Funds’ meetings are made available via the Document Services website, where delegates can also register for the meeting. Information about the requirement for credentials and notifications for meetings is available here.

The main issues discussed and decisions taken by the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies at previous meetings are summarised in news briefs, the most recent of which is available here.  The full Record of Decisions for every meeting of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies are available via the Document Services website.  Photographs taken at the October 2019 sessions are available here.

Arrangements for meetings of the governing bodies in 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the March 2020 meeting of the governing bodies has been cancelled. The next regular meeting of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies is still expected to take place and is currently scheduled to be held the week of 2 November 2020. However, there is a possibility that these dates may change due to the number of meetings that need to be rescheduled in IMO. The IOPC Funds are continuing to work in close cooperation with the IMO Secretariat to monitor developments and confirm the dates of this next meeting as soon as possible. For more information, please see circular IOPC/2020/Circ.5.

As the situation is dynamic, the Secretariat urges any meeting attendees and delegates who have not already done so, to register to the Document Services website to receive news notifications and follow the IOPC Funds on Twitter and LinkedIn to also receive important updates on this matter.