The International Maritime Organization (IMO) was formed in Geneva, Switzerland in 1948, created to prevent maritime disasters such as the Sinking of the RMS Titanic. Commencing operations in 1958, its purpose is to improve safety and security at sea through international cooperation. As of 2020, the IMO consists of 174 member states and has worked with 63 intergovernmental organizations on issues regarding its mandate.

In response to growing concerns of matters regarding the sea, members of the IMO have moved to adopt international conventions to combat issues relating to shipping, which includes the environment, maritime security, and the wellbeing of seafarers. These treaties are part of the organization’s commitment to working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the goals to promote decent work and economic growth, taking climate action, and protecting life below water.

IMO is an intermediate committee that offers an experience for all delegates with interest.

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Backgrounders will be available soon.


Topic A

The Smuggling of Illicit Drugs Across Maritime Borders


Topic B

Combating Pollution in International Waters


Angela Lu

Currently a sophomore at University Hill Secondary School, Angela is thrilled to be serving as the director of the International Maritime Organization at CAIMUN 2021. Ever since she stumbled upon the world of Model UN at the beginning of high school, Angela has become enchanted by the invigorating debates it has to offer. From forging life-long friendships to developing unmatched caffeine tolerances, she wishes to craft an enchanting conference experience for all delegates. Outside of the committee room, Angela can be spotted scrolling through TikTok into the wee hours of the morning, gorging on books about IR theory, and acting as a (hopelessly counterproductive) therapist-on-call for her friends. Angela cannot wait to welcome new and experienced delegates alike to what she hopes will be an unforgettable weekend!


Talia Feng

A junior attending Fraser Heights Secondary School, Talia is elated to be serving as the Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at this iteration of CAIMUN. She was introduced to Model UN three years ago, and have since become enraptured in the thrilling debate, fast-paced exchanges, and unrivaled collaboration it provided. Outside of Model UN, Talia can be found browsing edX for more courses she can procrastinate on, incessantly bugging her friends via Discord, and casually skimming Twitter drama. Amidst these “hobbies”, MUN stands out as a valuable experience for its educational nature. The experience Model UN proffers is truly remarkable, and Talia hopes to facilitate and encourage delegates to speak their mind and collaborate effectively.


Vivian Liang

Currently a senior at York House School, Vivian is delighted to be serving as the Chair of the International Maritime Organization. Although CAIMUN 2021 will mark the end of her high school Model UN career, the memories and friendships she has made will continue far into the future. Outside of MUN, Vivian can be found watching Netflix until early morning, baking up an explosion in her kitchen, and going off on long rants with her friends. Vivian is excited to meet all the delegates and looks forward to a weekend full of vivid debate.