Difficulty: Intermediate

Topic: Securing the Waters for Commercial Vessels against Piracy and Maritime Threats

Number of Countries: 15


Dating back to an agreement made in 1948 in Geneva, the International Maritime Organisation was founded ten years later, in 1958. Its primary purpose is to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping, and therefore its remit includes maritime safety, environmental concerns, technical co-operation, legal matters, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping. In a time where geopolitical events have underlined the importance of secure global shipping routes, the IMO is key to solving the logistical and by extension some of the economic issues plaguing the world today. This MaltMUN 2024 committee will be held at intermediate-level.


Ocean shipping is the backbone of global trade, with around 80 percent of the world’s goods being transported by ships. Between 1990 and 2021, the volume of cargo transported by ships had increased from four to nearly 11 billion tons, and with that grew also the global merchant fleet. In a world plagued by violence and turmoil, the shipping industry has not gone unscathed, with recent events including ships facing attacks from Yemen’s Houthis as they approach the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. However, this is not the only threat facing the vital shipping industry. Piracy has and continues to pose a problem off the coast of many countries – such as off the coast of Peru, or in the Singapore straits. With ever-evolving technology which can be used for malicious intent, it is vital that the International Maritime Organisation step in and find a solution for global shipping lanes to flow uninterrupted and securely, and tackle the threats full steam ahead.

Chair - Ana Domínguez Rodríguez

Hello everyone! I am Ana, from Vigo, Spain, and I have the honor to serve as chair at the IMO at this conference. I am currently studying at the European Law School at Maastricht University, as well as graduated with a BA in Global Studies from the University of Salamanca, where I began my MUN journey. Since then it has been a non-stop adventure for me, including being part of the MUNSAL Executive Committee for this year’s conference

and many to come. Even if human rights and diplomacy may be my main areas of interest (a bit of a nerd when it comes to maritime affairs), I am also a musician and a karaoke enthusiast! And definitely a cat person! 

Overall, I am very pleased to be part of this conference and visit the beautiful country of Malta, and from my side, hope I can make this experience for IMO delegates a unique one!

Chair - Briana Mifsud

My name is Briana and I am a 22-year-old European Studies graduate from Malta. My first MUN was MaltMUN 2019 and I have gone on to participate in various MUNs since then, both as a delegate and as a chair. I currently work in compliance and my interests include travelling, reading, and cheering on my favourite football team. I look forward to getting to know you all in MaltMUN to see how we can chart a path towards stability amidst the turbulent waters of the IMO!