Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)
As one of the six main committees responsible for the GA’s agenda, the First Committee, otherwise known as DISEC, focuses on disarmament and related international security questions. DISEC has long played a pivotal role in the UN’s vision for global peace. Now the committee must consider the ethical-legal implications of the rise of private military companies, deal with the crisis in Mexico, and confront the small arms trade in Africa.
UN GA Commission on Women in Conflict
UN Women was created by the UN General Assembly only two years ago – one example out of many, that points to a growing international consensus of the need for a global strategic plan to correct gender inequality. In recent years, there has been more attention paid towards preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence, and an interest in having full female involvement in efforts aimed at preventing and resolving armed conflict. Delegates in this Commission will be tasked with improving existing international policies and norms on key issues related to women in armed conflict.
UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
As one of the most prominent inter-governmental institutions, the UN Human Rights Council's expertise on human rights enables it to work at the forefront of addressing gross human rights violations. It has, however, received much criticism for its inability to translate diplomatic talk to concrete reform and for the significant number of agregious human rights violators that sit on the council.This year, the Council will meet on the question of the death penalty and its abolition; the rights of indigenous peoples; and combating contemporary forms of slavery. It will be up to the delegates to find diplomatic means that would enable progress on such intractable and challenging issues.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization is a leading specialized agency of the UN concerned with international public health. This year, a range of issues are set on the WHO’s agenda, testing the ability of delegates to deal with difficult global public health policy questions as wide-ranging as discussing the following topics: substance abuse, alternative dependence treatment methods, and research chemical regulation; HIV/AIDS and global immunization; and finally, women's health.
It is 1955, and in response to the growing polarization during the rise of the Cold War, five countries have come together to sponsor the Asia-Africa Conference to be held in Bandung, Indonesia. The 29 participating states, some newly independent, have the difficult but crucial task of working towards greater political, economic and cultural cooperation in the Asian and African region.
2005 World Summit on R2P
As the follow-up meeting to the UN’s 2000 Millennium Summit, the 2005 World Summit aims to review progress made in the areas of development, human rights, and security. Of particular note (and controversy) on the Summit’s agenda this year is the possible endorsement of the “Responsibility to Protect”. R2P is a norm formulated by a Canadian-sponsored international commission in 2001 in response to the international community’s failure to prevent and stop genocides, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Five years ago, states came together to commit to the ground breaking Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); will states be able to take an equally bold step towards rebalancing the core ideals of human security and state sovereignty?
Spartacus: Third Servile War (Joint Crisis)
Spartacus and a band of escaped Gladiators are pillaging the Roman countryside with a growing slave army. The Revolt has the Roman people and Senate in a state of panic because his insurrection directly challenges the Roman heartland of Italy. Will Spartacus march on Rome and free all people in the Republic? Or will the Romans launch a massive military campaign? This committee is a joint crisis between Spartacus and his officers, and major Roman figures.
Iran Hostage Crisis (National Security Council, 1979)
Students supporting the 1979 Iranian Revolution have stormed the American Embassy, and 52 Americans stationed there have been taken hostage. The Iranian students and governments are claiming it as a victory over American Imperialism and an attack on an American spy den, while the American public is in shock. It is up to you and your fellow top US officials to figure out how to get the hostages back home and decide the future of Iran-American relations.
Ad Hoc Committee
TBA. Combat some of history’s most difficult crises with one of history’s most notorious ruling parties. This challenging committee is designed for the most experienced delegates.
UN Security Council
Solve some of the world’s most pressing problems with the United Nations’ most important and powerful body. Debate and decide important directives with the other world powers and be prepared to solve world-breaking crises as they come up in real time. (Topics TBA)
Belfast Conference or North Ireland Peace Talks
Between 1996 and 1998, multi-party talks occurred chiefly in Belfast between representatives of Northern Ireland’s Unionist and Nationalist political parties and paramilitaries, members of the British government, and international observers/mediators. This is a historical committee comprised of the key negotiators who must come to an agreement about how to bring an end to the violent sectarianism that has plagued Northern Ireland since the 1960s, while addressing the concerns of both Nationalists and Loyalists that precipitated it.
ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus)
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization committed to developing closer ties between its ten member states. In addition to working toward economic, social, and cultural advancement in the region, ASEAN’s Defense Ministers’ Meeting has been established to promote security and prevent and end conflicts in Southeast Asia. In cooperation with its dialogue partners, the ADDM-Plus attempts to foster peace and stability throughout the region.
Game of Thrones (Literary Committee)
The year is 298 AL and the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are at peace - for the moment. The past twenty years have seen the realm rocked by dynastic conflicts and rebellions, including the one which brought King Robert Baratheon to the throne. Set one year before the events of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, begins, this non-canonical committee will bring the great lords and houses of Westeros together in the Red Keep to try to maintain the king’s peace even as old rivalries simmer and the long winter approaches.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a military alliance between the United States and its allies in Europe and North America. Arising during the Cold War, NATO has played an important and growing role in ensuring global security since the collapse of the Soviet Union, intervening in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Libya. Now the treaty organization must contemplate dramatic new developments in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring, grapple with the alliance’s expansion in the face of a resurgent Russia, and ready itself to engage in and defend itself against cyberwarfare.
The Congress of Vienna
Convened upon the defeat of Napoleon in 1814, the Congress of Vienna assembled representatives from all the powers of Europe. The victorious coalition and the prostrate France, as well as the many minor nations, will together have to ensure the future peace of Europe. The division of territories looms large over negotiations – lands from Poland to Africa to the East Indies and perhaps beyond are sure to change hands. Delegates will be charged with representing their national interests, but they will also have a duty to make sure another war on such a scale never breaks out again. Indeed, the Congress system established at Vienna brought peace to Europe for a hundred years. Can the delegates create an even more durable treaty?
The International Court of Justice
The International Court of Justice is a subsidiary body under the UN designed to adjudicate and mediate disputes between disputing countries. The advocates from each country take turns presenting arguments supporting their country’s claim in a manner similar to a conventional court. Delegates will be charged with representing the cases of their respective countries and work together as either the prosecution or defense. As the rules for ICJ differ significantly from that of regular Model UN committees, it is recommended that delegates taking part in this committee be experienced with debate/public speaking.