Liaison Officers

UN150To enhance cooperation and coordination with other regional and international organizations concerned with maritime and port affairs, IAPH proactively represents the voice of the world port industry through its appointed Liaison Officers at international fora at UNECOSOC, IMO, UNCTAD, UNEP, WCO, ILO, from whom IAPH is granted Consultative Status as Non-Governmental Organization. They have been actively participating in various meetings and activities in an observer capacity.

 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was established by the UN Charter as the principal organ to coordinate the economic and social work of the UN and the specialized agencies and institutions. ECOSOC comes directly under the direction of the UN General Assembly. IAPH has been given NGO Consultative Status since 1966. International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations Specialized Agency responsible for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships. IAPH has been given NGO Consultative Status since 1967. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established in 1964 as a permanent and principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly concerned with trade and development. Its main function is the negotiation and adoption of multilateral legal instruments in international trade. IAPH has been given NGO Consultative Status since 1973. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is one of the United Nations Specialized Agencies established “to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of further generations”. IAPH has been given NGO Consultative Status since 1991. World Customs Organization (WCO) was originally established in 1952 as the Customs Co-operation Council. It is now an independent intergovernmental body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of Customs administrations. With 168 Member Governments, it is the only intergovernmental world-wide organization competent in Customs matters. IAPH has been given NGO Consultative Status since 1982. International Labour Office (ILO) is the UN specialized agency seeking the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being. It became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. IAPH was granted NGO Consultative Status in 2000.


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