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 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. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the refurbishment of IMO meeting facilities, five meetings of the governing bodies were convened remotely between December 2020 and March 2022. Following the UK Government’s lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions in February 2022 and the completed refurbishment of the main IMO meeting facilities, the October 2022, May 2023 and November 2023 sessions of the governing bodies were held in-person at the IMO headquarters.

The next meeting of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies will take place in person from Monday 29 April, to Wednesday 1 May 2024, and will include the following sessions:

1992 Fund Assembly — Twenty-eighth extraordinary session (92AES28)

1992 Fund Executive Committee — Eighty-second session (92EC82)

Supplementary Fund Assembly — Twelfth extraordinary session (SAES12)

The invitation and provisional agenda, including a provisional timetable for the sessions, have been issued to all Member States, and States and organisations with observer status.  To complement the in-person meeting, additional members of delegations will be able to follow the meeting remotely.

Additionally, a workshop on the 2010 HNS Convention will take place immediately after the closure of the IOPC Funds’ meeting, from 2.30 pm on Wednesday, 1 May, and will continue on Thursday, 2 May, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm. The workshop will be held using the IMO hybrid meeting facility and both in person and remote participation will be available. More information on the workshop can be found here.

Online registration for the IOPC Funds’ meeting and/or the workshop on the 2010 HNS Convention can be found here.

Documents issued for IOPC Funds’ meetings are made available via the Document Services section of the website and information about the requirement for credentials and notifications for meetings is available here. Registered delegates are requested to ensure that the following email address is added to their address book or allowed by their mailbox spam filters, so notifications are not missed:

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 section. Photographs taken at the November 2023 sessions are available here.