Click HERE for the IMO topic guide. 

The primary purpose of the International Maritime Organization is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping, which includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.

Topics

Topic A: Revisiting International Legislation Surrounding Stowaways

When an unauthorized person is found on a ship, international legislation is unclear on the process of stowaway disembarkation and repatriation, specifically due to confusion between flag state and port state responsibilities. In order to streamline this process, the IMO must address this confusion to both prevent stowaway situations and clarify the legal ambiguity surrounding them when they occur.

 

Topic B: Examining the Implications of Maritime Cybersecurity

As technology continues to make ship processes more efficient, the potential for cybersecurity disasters increases. Thus, international solutions must be implemented in order to protect the interests and information of ship owners and crew members.

 

Topic C: Addressing Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea, a region in West Africa which extends from Senegal to Angola, saw a 77% rise in pirate activity from 2015 to 2016. This area is key to international trade for many West African nations, so the international community must collaborate to mitigate this issue as soon as possible.

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Sydney Sutherland, IMO Chair

specpol@shsmun.org

1. ) Why do you participate in Model UN?

I am a bit of an argumentative person in general, and Model UN allows me to express that in a way that is both constructive and enjoyable. Also, I genuinely love learning about international issues and potential solutions. It lets me become a more responsible global citizen, as cliche as that phrase may be. I feel as though if I am to actually make a difference in the world, as I wish to do, I must hold myself accountable for being informed about current events.

2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?

Personally, I think I’m more of a hashbrowns type of person: salty, versatile, and best at Waffle House, but the quiz I just took told me I was “Inventive Tofu,” so make of that what you will.

3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?

I was almost coerced into doing SHSMUN the first time not knowing any ParliPro or anything about the United Nations. As expected, I did not say much in committee, and I briefly considered not doing it the next year. The second night of SHSMUN 2015, I went to dinner with friends from my school, and we held a mock debate at the restaurant. It was over something dumb that I don’t remember, but I think that moment was when I realized I was in the right place, and I knew I was going to be doing SHSMUN until I graduated. I think freshman me would be proud.

4.) If your life was a book what would the title be?

Yikes: A Memoir, or How to Drink as Much Diet Coke as Possible Without Dying

5.)What's your favorite quote?

“I was born for politics. I have great hair, and I love lying.” --Gina Linetti