Committees and Topics

IDEAS, ISSUES, AND OVERVIEWS

Below are the committees for our 2018-2019 Model UN conferences. Each committee has two topics that will be the focus of debate.  Links to the websites of the associated UN bodies are also provided for reference.

Spring Conference Committees and Topics: 

Committee: General Assembly, First Committee, Disarmament and International Security (GA1 DISEC)
Topic A: Uses of Cyber Warfare
Topic B: Protecting Trade from Somalian Pirates

DISEC Background Guide

Committee: General Assembly, Third Committee, Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Issues (GA3 SOCHUM)
Topic A: Internally displaced persons in South Sudan
Topic B: Mass Detention of Uighur Muslims

SOCHUM Background Guide

Committee: General Assembly, Fourth Committee, Special Political and Decolonization (GA4 SPECPOL)
Topic A: Regulating Commercial Activities beyond the Karman line
Topic B: The Long Term Storage or Disposal of Hazardous Nuclear Waste

SPECPOL Background Guide

Committee: World Health Organization (WHO)
Topic A: Medical Tourism
Topic B: Antibiotic Resistance as a Threat to Global Health

WHO Background Guide 2019

Committee: Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Topic A: Ending Global Unemployment
Topic B: Intellectual Property Theft Between Countries

ECOSOC Background Guide

Committee: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Topic A: Sustainable Energy Consumption
Topic B: Reducing Global Poverty

UNDP Background Guide

Committee: Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Topic A: Maternal Rights of Women
Topic B: Empowerment of Rural Women

CSW Background Guide

CRISIS COMMITTEE: 
Crisis 1: Chinese Communist Revolution*

Chinese Cultural Revolution Background Guide

Crisis 2: Cabinet of the United States of America- WWII*

Cabinet of the United States Background Guide

Crisis 3: 2025 NASA Space Race*

2025 NASA Space Race Background Guide 2019

Crisis Committee Intro

CWRUMUN – Introduction to Crisis

*For crisis committees, position papers should focus on the topic being discussed, the character portrayed, and potential solutions to the crisis. 

Committees and Topics for CCWA Autumn, Winter, and Junior Conferences:

Committee: General Assembly, First Committee, Disarmament and International Security (GA1 DISEC)
Topic A: Addressing the Occupation of Ukraine
Topic B: Preventing Illicit Arms Trade
GA1 DISEC Background Guide | Online resources: http://www.un.org/en/ga/first/index.shtml

Committee: United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
Topic A: Cybersecurity and International Cybersecurity Legislation
Topic B: Addressing Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis

UNSC Background GuideOnline resources: http://www.un.org/en/sc/

Committee: United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Topic A: Preparing for Natural Disasters and Preventing Sustained Fallout
Topic B: Improving Access to Clean Water and Medical Supplies in Developing Nations
UNDP Background Guide | Online resources: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/

Committee: United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
Topic A: Loss of Human Rights in Conflicts Across the Middle East
Topic B: Progress on the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
UNHRC Background Guide | Online resources: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/Home.aspx

Committee: World Health Organization (WHO)
Topic A: Discussing the Safety of Healthcare Workers in Conflict Zones
Topic B: Addressing the Universal Need to Prevent and Treat Substance Abuse
WHO Background Guide | Online resources: http://www.who.int/en/

Committee: United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
Topic A: Protecting Women’s Rights at Refugee Camps
Topic B: Developing a Global Action Plan to End Statelessness
UNHCR Background Guide | Online resources: http://www.unhcr.org/en-us

Committee: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)*
Topic A: Increasing Access to Renewable Energy
Topic B: Effectiveness of International Agreements Towards Climate Change

*UNEP will only be offered at our high school conferences and Spring middle school.
UNEP Background Guide | Online resources: https://www.unenvironment.org/

Committee: United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Topic A: Increasing Safeguards for Children of Disability
Topic B: Preventing Violations of Childhood Labor Laws
UNICEF Background GuideOnline resources: https://www.unicef.org/

Committee: United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 
Topic A: Addressing the Growing Concern of Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East
Topic B: Increasing the Remediation of Zones Contaminated by Radiation
IAEA Background Guide Online resources: https://www.iaea.org/ 

2018-2019 Model United Nations Conference Resolutions:

Autumn Model United Nations 2018 

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