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.

The next meeting of the IOPC Funds governing bodies will take place in person from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 November 2023 and will include the following sessions:

1992 Fund Assembly — Twenty-eighth session (92A28)
1992 Fund Executive Committee — Eighty-first session (92EC81)
Supplementary Fund Assembly — Twentieth session (SA20)

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.

An induction course will be held on Monday, 6 November, which will be open to all interested delegates, however, the course is designed for those who are new to the IOPC Funds or have little prior knowledge of the organisations. Further information about how to register for this course will be circulated nearer the time.

Documents issued for IOPC Funds meetings are made available via the Document Services section, where delegates can also register for the meetings. 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 October 2022 sessions are available here.