International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has disclosed his decision not to seek reappointment at the fulfilment of the current term at the end of 2015.
Secretary-General Sekimizu stated that reasons of personal nature led to the decision not to seek reappointment.
“I would like to retire from IMO at the end of the current term which expires at the end of 2015. I will not seek reappointment.
This is because of my desire to ensure my support to my wife, who has a serious health issue, and I would like to ensure that, when needed, I could give more time for her care and support for her immune system problems.
My core reason for not seeking reappointment is that if she becomes unwell again in the future, that could affect my duty and responsibilities and I may have to compromise my work, in order to ensure her care.
I hope she will not become unwell again, of course, but I know, that cannot be guaranteed, and it could be more so if I was honoured for another term of four years, and I cannot accept not being able to one hundred percent commit myself to the work of IMO.
This is the reason for not seeking reappointment,” Sekimizu said.