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.

Preliminary information on the November 2020 meeting of the governing bodies

The following sessions of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies are provisionally due to be held during the week of 2 November 2020:

  • the 25th session of the 1992 Fund Assembly;
  • the 74th session of the 1992 Fund Executive Committee; and
  • the 17th session of the Supplementary Fund Assembly.

However, since a number of IMO meetings were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IMO meeting schedule is in the process of being reconstructed, and the dates and exact timing of the IOPC Funds meeting will be reconfirmed once IMO meetings have been rescheduled.  The circular containing the Invitation and Agenda to this meeting, as well as details on the format of the meeting (i.e. whether the meeting will be run as an entirely virtual meeting or whether some delegations will be present in the conference room) will be issued in due course and provided no later than 3 September 2020, i.e. at least sixty days in advance of the date that the regular sessions are due to open, in accordance with Rule 2 of the Rules of Procedure.  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.9.

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.