HAVANA, Cuba, September 22 (ACN) Cuba participated in the extraordinary session of all the committees of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which began on September 17 and ended on Monday in London.
The country was represented by Marta Castillo Gonzalez, Cuba's alternate permanent representative to the IMO and economic advisor to the embassy to the United Kingdom, who attended the meeting where for the first time in history a joint and simultaneous session of all its committees was held.
The virtual meeting was attended by 86 delegations and provided a platform for discussion that recognized the leading role of the maritime industry, and especially of seafarers, whose efforts and sacrifices have allowed the uninterrupted transport of essential goods such as food, medicines and medical equipment, the Cuban ministry of foreign affairs stated.
This forum adopted a resolution nominating seafarers as "essential workers providing an essential service" and established requirements to facilitate crew changes on ships, access to medical care, and travel by seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim remarked that this session has shown that members are keeping the spirit of the organization alive.
The International Maritime Organization is the UN specialized agency responsible for the safety and security of navigation and the prevention of marine pollution from ships. Cuba has been a member since 1966.