GENERAL ASSEMBLIES

General Assemblies are large committees which debate on more general topics. A great place to start if you're new to Model UN!

Background Guides have been linked to the images for each Committee

 

World health ORGANIZATION

Director: Navin Kariyawasam, navin.kariyawasam@gmail.com

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa exposed the institutional shortcomings of both local and global public health agencies. Now that the crisis is over, we can look back and examine how a different response would affect the outcome. By focusing on three distinct periods of the outbreak’s timeline, from the initial outbreak to the height of its spread and the rebuilding efforts afterwards, how could it have been managed more effectively?


PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE 2015

Director: Siddhartha Sengupta, siddhartha.sengupta@mail.utoronto.ca

The negotiation of the Paris Agreement at COP 21 was hailed by participants as a historic breakthrough in combatting climate change. However, critics pointed to a lack of an enforcement mechanism, among other issues, and argued it did not go far enough to address the complex challenges of this problem. This committee is tasked with re-negotiating the agreement, and bringing a fresh perspective to climate change talks in hopes of achieving an even greater success.


DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE

Director: Hasan Babar Matin, hasan.matin@mail.utoronto.ca

As the worldwide security landscape continues to evolve, the issues of drone warfare, ‘lone wolf’ terror attacks, and cybersecurity demand immediate collective action. The international community must answer what role drone use should play in international security, and what rules should be put in place. After attacks in Paris and Orlando, among countless others, nations grapple with how to better detect lone wolf attacks before they occur. With the incidence of cyber-attacks only rising, nations must defend themselves from both state and non-stat threats.


economic and social council 

Director: Angela Hou, angela.hou@mail.utoronto.ca

The committee will address income inequality, offshore accounts, and internet access. Income inequality has become a dominant issue in Western politics, but also greatly affects the developing world, leading to the need for international cooperation in fighting it. As countries become more economically intertwined, individuals are taking advantage of differing tax codes to escape taxation in countries they live and do business in, making this a truly global problem. As countries develop, their residents demand internet access, leading to organizations like internet.org, owned by Facebook, to provide this service, bringing into question whether private corporations should control this increasingly basic human right.


HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Director: Annie Sun, hsiaowen.sun@mail.utoronto.ca

The Human Rights Committee will focus on the migration crisis, women’s rights, and internally displaced persons. Instability in some of the poorest parts of the world has caused the flow of people seeking refuge in Europe and the West to skyrocket, creating the need for collective action to protect the rights and safety of these people. The worldwide disparity in the rights of women becomes more apparent each passing year, putting pressure on all nations to work together to make progress. Finally, there are an estimated 38 million internally displaced persons that fall outside the definition of being refugees, making them vulnerable and in need of specific protection and assistance from the global community.