Mitropoulos is from
. He is the seventh
Secretary-General of the IMO, the UN agency concerned with maritime safety and
security and the prevention of marine pollution from ships. Greece
|Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General, IMO|
He had joined IMO in January 1979 as Implementation Officer in the Maritime Safety Division. In November 2003, Mitropoulos was elected Secretary-General for the period 2004 to 2008. In November 2006, the IMO Council decided to renew his mandate for another 4 years, concluding 31 December 2011.
He would be remembered for superintending the adoption of a highly regressive International treaty on shipbreaking/recycling that threatens vulnerable migrant workers and fragile coastal environment of beaches in
at the behest of shipping companies & ship owning countries. The treaty is
likely to come into force in 2016. He has studied Shipping Economics.
Consequently, he seems to have mastered the art of externalization of
environmental & occupational health costs for the benefit of the affluent
companies & countries.
Source: IMO Watch