Committee Information

Committee Name: International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Economic and Social Councils (ECOSOCs)
Connie Chen
Deputy Undersecretary-General: 
Chase Wagers
Chair: Caroline Patillo
Topic A:
Piracy and Armed Robbery
Topic B:
 Pollution and Energy Efficiency

Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.

The Background Guide for this committee can be accessed here.

A Letter from the Chair

Hello Delegates,

Welcome to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). My name is Caroline Pattillo and I will be chairing your committee for the weekend. I am currently a senior in the college, studying Computer Science and Government. I am originally from Wyomissing, PA and I recently moved to Cape May, NJ. Besides my involvement in the international relations club, I am the co-president of the Georgetown Computer and Electronics Club, on the board of Georgetown’s Hackathon Hoya Hacks and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. I have competed at NAIMUN all four years of high school, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to chair my senior year.

As delegates of the International Maritime Organization, you will be regulating the safety, security and environmental practices of the international shipping industry. The main goal of the International Maritime Organization is to development a set of universal standards for the shipping industry and assist nations in meeting these standards. Developing these standards is very important because shipping constitutes eighty percent of all international trade and is currently the most cost- effective form of international transport. This committee will be focusing on the topics of piracy and armed robbery, as well as pollution and energy efficiency. The shipping industry is anticipated to play a crucial role in the increasing global economy as it is the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient form of mass transportation.  the IMO has developed several conventions and guidelines that address the pollution from ships, preparation and response to spills from oil and other hazardous materials, harmful anti-fouling systems and ballast water management. The IMO is also working to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted in shipping and introduce more energy efficient systems. Additionally, piracy and armed robbery has been a concern for the IMO since the 1980s. In the late 1990s, the IMO concentrated its efforts on preventing piracy in the South China Sea, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Since the mid-2000s, the IMO has shifted its focus to the coast of Somalia, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. The IMO has developed numerous anti-piracy strategies that are outlined in the Piracy and Armed Robbery module of the Global Integrated Shipping Information System. Furthermore, the IMO aids member states in developing and strengthening their maritime security.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great weekend filled with interesting debate and collaboration among delegates!


Caroline Pattillo

Chair, International Maritime Organization

[email protected]

About the Chair

Caroline Pattillo is currently a senior in Georgetown College, majoring in Computer Science and Government. Caroline is originally from Wyomissing, PA and recently moved to Cape May, NJ. Caroline competed at NAIMUN all four years of high school and is thrilled to have the opportunity to chair her senior year. Besides her involvement in the International Relations Club, Caroline is co-president of the Georgetown Computer and Electronics Club, on the board for Georgetown’s Hackathon Hoya Hacks and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Caroline also enjoys playing tennis and horseback riding.

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for the International Maritime Organization are as follows. Delegates will gain:  

  • A background on the importance of international shipping for the world economy, including many of the intricacies which make regulation and standardization of international rules such a difficult task
  • An understanding of the steps which the international community takes to ensure the free and safe flow of goods around the globe, specifically in regard to preventing modern piracy. This will also include exploration of how nations enhance their information sharing, training, and communication to ensure the most effective prevention of maritime dangers.
  • Knowledge about how international shipping and trade can negatively and critically impact the global environment, with a specific focus on pollution, hazardous spills, emissions, and efficient fueling and sourcing.