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
Just when things were starting to look up for the world, 2021 came around and smashed our new hope. Turkey has fallen. Once a shining example of secular democracy in a region historically wracked by religious violence, the country’s fate was sealed in the irreverent destruction of its rights and freedoms by Tayyip Erdogan in his 2016 coup. By late 2019, major pockets of rebels were appearing in the Turkish countryside, aided and abetted by the Syrian opposition fighters. At first, the Turkish rebels had little support in urban communities, and most rural violence was brutally quelled by the Erdogan regime. However, in late December, 2020, a slew of new autocratic laws and decrees provided the spark to ignite Turkey’s great western cities. Suddenly faced with a Turkish Spring, the armed opposition to the regime enjoyed a paradigm shift in support almost overnight. Erdogan, woefully unprepared for such a furious and widespread pushback against his rule, was assassinated in the ensuing chaos, and Turkey descended into anarchy.
If the abrupt collapse of a large and strategically important country is bad daily news, the realization that that country possessed biological weapons of mass destruction is news reserved for a Monday in 2021. Turkey’s secret bio-weapon program was housed outside several of its major cites, and the unexpected uprising of the urban population left the research compounds extremely vulnerable. The status of three major research centres containing biosafety level 4 labs is unknown. Thus, the threat to civilian populations in the region is unprecedented, and the world faces one of nature’s most terrifying forces in the hands of its most destructive child.
The United Nations Security Council is tasked with its most important mission yet. Turkey’s fall threatens Eastern Europe. The spectre of bioterrorism could envelope an even larger region. The countries of the Council must work closer than ever before to protect the peace of the 21st century and fulfil their historic charter.
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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.