COVID 19 Forces IMO To Reschedule Meetings for 2020


  • IMO has planned to reset meetings  calendar.
  • The Organization advised in a Circular Letter that the IMO Council is thinking about reconstructing the schedule of meetings for 2020.
  • Virtual informal meetings were trialled on the (KUDO) platform to check the facilitation of discussion during abnormal situations.
  • Further information about the rescheduling of postponed meetings and scheduling of meeting will be updated to all members.

International Maritime Organization in its official website announced that the original 2020 calendar of meetings has now been revoked.  The rescheduling of IMO meetings are under way.

All meetings postponed

Reconstruction of the schedule 

The IMO is considering the reconstruction of the schedule of meetings for 2020, including the possibilities for virtual meetings.

As discussions on the reconstruction of the schedule are still under way, the previously issued programme of meetings for 2020 (and preliminary programme for 2021) should not be used for planning purposes.

Covid 19 impact

All IMO meetings originally planned to be held between late March and July 2020 have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Physical meetings depends according to the direction from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK Government, as well as the situation of IMO Member States.

KUDO – virtual meeting platform

A trial of a platform (KUDO) that supports simultaneous interpretation into the six official languages of the Organization was conducted during one of a series of informal virtual discussion sessions.

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Source: IMO


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