Her Majesty the Queen of England Elizabeth II and the UK government granted the title of former International Maritime Organization (IMO) chief Efthimios E. Mitropoulos Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in recognition of his work and services to international maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment.
The badge of honor was presented to Mitropoulos during an official ceremony held at the residence of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs last Wednesday.
The UK honours system recognises exceptional achievement and service to the nation. There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution. Non-British nationals who have made a significant contribution to the UK can also be considered for UK honours. These awards are classed as honorary and granted at the counsel of the FCO.
Efthimios Elias Mitropoulos was the seventh Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency. Mitropoulos was elected as Secretary-General on 18 June 2003 during the 19th session of the International Maritime Organization Council. His four-year term started on 1 January 2004, and then was extended until 31 December 2011 by the IMO Council on 9 November 2006. He began his career at the International Maritime Organization in January 1979. He has received multiple awards and recognition throughout his career for his achievements.