International Maritime Organization

Committee Information

Title: International Maritime Organization

Organ: Economic and Social Council Committees and Specialized Agencies

Chair: Shaunak Kulkarni

Topic Name: Preventing Pollution and Environmental Degradation in Oceans

Topic Summary:

In 1948, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was established as a specialized agency of the United Nations. Originally called the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization, the IMO’s purpose is to maintain safe and secure shipping in international waters, as well as to monitor and prevent marine pollution. This agency plays an important role in “ensuring that lives at sea are not put at risk and that the marine environment is not polluted by shipping – as summed up in IMO’s mission statement: Safe, Secure and Efficient Shipping on Clean Oceans.”

Given that the shipping industry remains one of the most cost effective methods of transportation of goods, at ILMUNC India 2017 the IMO is meeting to discuss an increasingly pertinent topic in international shipping: preventing pollution and the environmental degradation of oceans. This is a key issue in the pressing global discussion of environmental policies and involves the maintenance and safety of international waters via shipping regulations. Keeping in mind the United Nations Millennium Goals, the IMO at ILMUNC India 2017 must discuss, deliberate, and craft viable solutions to this topic to ensure the most efficient and least polluting standards for ships on global waters.

Background Guide


Letter from the Chair

Dear Delegates,

On behalf of the Executive Board, I wish you a warm welcome to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference 2017. It is my pleasure to serve as the Chairperson of the International Maritime Organization for this conference.

My name is Shaunak Kulkarni and I am currently a sophomore studying at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, probably concentrating in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Born in San Jose California, I moved to Pune, India in 2005 and have lived there ever since. As to my Model UN record, I have been a part of 17 Model UN conferences till now, of which I have been a delegate in 7, on the executive board in 5 and a conference organizer in 5. This will be my sixth Conference as a Chairperson.

On the 2 days of the conference, you will be transferred to the role of diplomats and representatives of your country. You will be expected to discuss and deliberate upon the agenda presented to you, and come up with solutions and recommendations which will benefit the international community, while preserving your own national interests.

I look forward to meeting you, and am tremendously excited for the amazing committee sessions we’re going to have. I assure you that it will be an experience you will never forget!

Shaunak Kulkarni
Chair, International Maritime Organization