Specialized Committees are smaller and more intimate than General Assemblies, and deal with issues specific to a region, time in history, or conflict among many others.
United Nations Security Council
Turkey is destabilizing as the turmoil in Syria spills over the border. President Erdogan is slowly enforcing autocratic reform in Turkey and prominent Salafists are calling for bellicose actions. Meanwhile, autocratic reform has ignited fierce resistance in urban centres. Meanwhile, reports suggest a Turkish biological weapons program facility has been found in the midst of the resistance and a biological weapon may be armed and in the control of an unknown entity within the region. The United Nations Security Council has been called to address and contain the growing unrest in the region in order to prevent the situation from escalating. Furthermore, the Security Council must attempt to prevent the detonation of a biological weapon in the region and draft a contingency plan should they fail. Turkey’s potential fall threatens instability in the Balkans. The spectre of bioterrorism could envelope an even larger region. The countries of the Council must work closer than ever to protect the peace of the 21stcentury and fulfill their historic charter.
Coalition Provisional Authority: The Reconstruction of Iraq, 2004
The United States has deposed Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath Party in Iraq and now plan on reconstructing a democratic government. The Coalition Provisional Authority, a transitional government lead by the United States, has been established in order to rebuild and secure Iraq. A committee, with representatives from the United States government, NATO representatives, Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi civil servants have convened in order to form a strategic plan for reconstruction. Insurgency has spread and violence continues; NGOs and UN workers are wary of providing aid in Iraq without security. Elections need to be planned and secured and infrastructure must be rebuilt. In a country under occupation, can the committee make progress towards stability?
The 69th FIFA Congress, 2019
Qatar has been actively preparing itself for the 2022 World Cup, however, there have been a significant number of human rights abuses filed due to factors such as the use of labor. With this issue being in the spotlight, countries internationally have shifted their focus to FIFA at the advent of the 69th Congress. The Congress Members must meet to reexamine qualifications for potential hosts amid allegations of corruption and human rights abuses. Furthermore, Members must screen potential bidders for the 2026 World Cup and elect a winner. Currently, countries internationally are calling to impeach Gianni Infantino as President of FIFA and put someone else at the helm. Can the Congress restore FIFA’s reputation and refocus the organization’s direction?
9th Politburo of the Communist Party of China, 1969
Delegates will act as leaders and high-level officials of the Communist Party of China during a meeting of the 9th Politburo, 1969. Mao’s government has worked tirelessly to shore up control and consolidate power in the region as the new government establishes itself. Domestically, people are struggling and resistance is beginning to spring up as the aftermath of the Great Leap Forward is felt. The committee must discuss how to maintain the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution campaign without causing too much civil unrest. Perhaps more urgently, Chinese and Soviet forces have begun to clash on the Ussuri River, eliciting heightened tensions and calls for war. Delegates must meet to address both domestic and international issues in order to stabilize the government. Delegates must draw on a deeper historical understanding of Chinese politics and security issues in order to successfully resolve the challenges of 1969.
The African Union is a continental Union of 55 African Nations, with a mandate to promote cooperation on the Continent and facilitate the growth of member-states. Delegates will convene to discuss significant health, environmental and security issues across the continent. Key issues on the agenda are: effective delivery of health services across the continent; containing the rapid spread of the Sahara desert; and addressing the rise of religious extremism across borders. Delegates are expected to practice compromise, effective policy writing and public speaking in a larger forum in order to draft and pass creative resolutions.
Interpol World 2018 is underway and a special Working Group -- comprised of Heads of Police, securities based think tanks, and representatives from policing bodies -- has been convened to discuss rising global security issues. Members must address better methods of global policing cooperation as it relates to significant security issues. Key issues on the agenda are: Homegrown terrorism and financing terrorism, human trafficking and international cybercrime. Some in the international community are demanding Interpol take concrete action on these security issues while others are conflicted over increased information-sharing and relaxed border security. Delegates must leverage their diplomatic skills to come to an effective resolution.