International Maritime Organization

The International Maritime Organization, headquartered in London, United Kingdom, is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for maritime transport. The IMO was established in principle following agreement at a UN conference held in Geneva in 1948, and the IMO came into existence ten years later, meeting for the first time in 1959. The IMO’s primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping, and its remit today includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical cooperation, maritime security, and the efficiency of shipping.

This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.


You can contact the Director at with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.