International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO

GROUP: Specialized Agencies

  • Topic A: The Commercial Use of Drones
  • Topic B: Operational Procedures and Sovereignty

TOPIC A The Commercial Use of Drones

TOPIC B Operational Procedures and Sovereignty



  • Jacob Sims Speyer
  • John Koobatian

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is the United Nation’s specialized body governing international civil aviation. The ICAO Council, a thirty-six member committee which reports to the 192 member nations, both recommends civil aviation policies and facilitates the general administration of the main body. Since its founding in 1944, the ICAO has established international guidelines which dictate nearly every facet and principle of aviation, ranging from the the most basic “freedoms of aviation,” to navigational standards, to passport uniformity. As aeronautical technology becomes increasingly advanced and accessible, the ICAO must continue to ensure that existing regulations are relevant to the aviation challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

This committee of the ICAO member nations will concern itself with two topics, the commercial use of drones and operational procedures and sovereignty. In past years, we have seen a growth in industries related to unmanned aerial vehicles. With initiatives such as Amazon Prime Air, Lockheed Martin, DJI, and GoPro, Zipline, we have seen a wide variety of commercial applications of drones from delivering a book and a snack to transporting life-saving blood. With the advent of these drones, however, come a series of large and unaddressed policy questions. How should governments interact with these drones? What regulatory standards would we implement to allow this business to grow but make sure it does not do so recklessly? In this Specialized Committee, delegates will have the opportunity to tackle these questions head on and propose their own resolutions to this issue, then engage with crisis elements as we see the impact of the implemented policies in the long run.

In discussing Topic B, drones will inevitably need to cross borders in order to perform a growing variety of tasks as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles increases,. This raises a series of questions which highlights the fragility of international cooperation and joint regulatory standards. For example, under what circumstances can a drone cross a border? Which activities simply require overflight permission versus admissibility inspection? Delegates will be tasked with debating and implementing policies which will lay the groundwork for international drone use.


Committee Members

  •  United States
  •  Algeria
  •  Argentina
  •  Austria
  •  Brazil
  •  Canada
  •  China
  •  Colombia
  •  Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  •  Cuba
  •  Ecuador
  •  Egypt
  •  France
  •  Germany
  •  India
  •  Ireland
  •  Italy
  •  Japan
  •  Kenya
  •  Korea, Republic of
  •  Malaysia
  •  Mexico
  •  Nigeria
  •  Panama
  •  Russian Federation
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Singapore
  •  South Africa
  •  Spain
  •  Sweden
  •  Tanzania, United Republic of
  •  Turkey
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Uruguay