General Assemblies

 

The First Committee: Disarmament and International Security (DIESEC)

The First Committee will arbitrate on developments that either continue to threaten international peace or challenge the conduct of joint international security efforts. Its first topic, “The Prohibition of Biological Weapons”, will consider any outstanding threats posed by biological weapons. The committee will address both the current and future state of biological weapons, including synthetic biological weapons and advancements in gene editing. Given the broadening scope of biological weapons, the committee must determine whether such advances should be limited in the name of international security. The committee’s second topic, “Information and Telecommunications in International Security,” will be focused on developments in technology that fundamentally alter the landscape of international security communications. Issues that may be addressed include what constitutes a cyber-attack against another state, whether these attacks breach principles of sovereignty, and the actions states can take to protect themselves against cyber crimes.

 

The Sixth Committee: Legal

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The Sixth Committee considers questions that may be solved through crafting solutions grounded in legal theory to further the institutionalization of international law. Its first topic, “The Criminal Accountability of United Nations Officers and Experts on Missions” is focused on the criminal acts committed by UN officials on mission including, but not limited to, sexual assault, financial fraud, and corruption. The committee may address related topics such as jurisdiction, liability, deterrence, and appropriate legal consequences. The second topic, “The Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations,” addresses the “Oslo Principles”, introduced in 2014 by a group of experts in international law, human rights law, and environmental law. The Oslo Principles suggest that states have a legal responsibility to protect their citizens against the “humanitarian” impact of environment-related disasters. The committee will confer on the feasibility of implementing these principles, debate its contentious issues, and may even use it as a basis to suggest other legal mechanisms to address climate change. .

 

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development addresses the integration of developing countries into the world markets by discussing economic mechanisms related to trade and development. Its first topic, “E-commerce for development,” is focused on minimizing the digital divide, and proposing accessible e-commerce solutions for development. The committee may explore topics such as internet literacy, institutional support for e-commerce development, and the role e-commerce may play in primary commodity markets (such as natural gas, oil, agricultural products, etc.) The committee’s second topic, “Escaping the Middle Income Trap,” refers to the situation in which a country which achieves a “middle level of income” plateaus and cannot develop further. Possible topics for discussion may include how to avoid these traps, solutions for product innovation and growth, labor diversification, and how the international community may mitigate these stagnant conditions.

 

Global Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Symposium:
Can TRCs effectively strengthen peace processes?

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TRCs have been implemented in 42 countries to address injustice and wrongdoing perpetrated by the government or non-state actors in an attempt to resolve conflict and bring justice to victims. They often emerge after periods of unrest and are implemented at the behest of the government. Modeled after the symposium of the same name held by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the International Centre for Transitional Justice, this Global TRC Symposium will convene delegates from each of the 42 countries to share their experiences on their countries’ specific TRCs, and to craft universally applicable recommendations for future TRCs. Delegates will discuss the broad expanse of TRC mandates, including human rights violations under military regimes, transgressions at the hands of communist states, and crimes against Indigenous peoples. Specific topics of discussion will include avoiding unrealistic and overambitious expectations, seeking support from the international community or other international bodies for TRC implementation, and ensuring accountability from TRC commissioners and staff, among other topics.

*This committee differs from standard General Assembly procedures. Mechanics guide to follow.

Specialized Agencies

 

United Nations Security Council: Cyprus

On the fifteenth of July, 1974 the Military Junta of Greece launched a coup d’état against the legitimate, democratically elected president of the Republic of Cyprus. The goal of the plotters was to unite the island with Greece. Five days later, the Turkish government responded with a self-described “peacekeeping” operation of the island. In the aftermath of the coup and the intervention of the Turkish military, thousands of lives would be upended and those people and exposed to violence; hundreds would be killed in the immediate aftermath. The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), established in 1964 to curb previous violence on the island, was put under extreme pressure as a result of the incidents in the summer of 1974. The UNFICYP is the lengthiest peacekeeping operation of the UN and continues to this day. The UNSC committee will seek to restore peace to the island of Cyprus, minimize the loss of life — especially among civilians — and prevent the Cypriot conflict from spiraling into a larger conflict between Greece and Turkey.

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Francophone Committee:
War of Spanish Succession

La Guerre de Succession d’Espagne

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The War of Spanish Succession was one of many wars fought between the great powers of Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. What makes this conflict stand out from others of the time both before and after was the risk for the Kingdom of France in not putting a Bourbon monarch on the throne of the vast Spanish Empire. In vastly simple terms, the Kingdom of France and the Spanish Empire were pitted against an Anglo-Austrian alliance. Battles were fought in the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, the Low Countries, and Germany, as well as in the Americas. In this committee, delegates will be tasked with preserving and projecting the power of France as well as maintaining political and economic stability while fighting a conflict of attrition against the other powers of Europe.

La guerre de Succession d'Espagne était une des nombreuses guerres battus entre les grandes puissances d'Europe durant les 17e et 18e siècles. Ce qui a rendu ce conflit unique entre d'autres conflits de l'époque était le risque pour le royaume de France, qui n'a pas placée un roi Bourbon sur le trône du vaste empire de l'Espagne. Tout simplement, les Français et les Espagnols étaient engagés en bataille contre l'alliance des Anglais et Autrichiens. Ils se sont battus dans la péninsule Ibérique, l'Italie, les Pays-Bas, l'Allemagne et des territoires de l'Amérique. Durant ce comité, les délégués seront chargés avec la responsabilité de maintenir et propager la puissance de la France et de garder leur stabilité politique et économique durant cette bataille sérieuse contre les autres grands pouvoirs d'Europe.     

 

Stalin’s Politburo 

Under Stalin’s leadership, the Politburo of the USSR was the most powerful organ of the USSR. At least in the beginning. Stalin’s programs to modernize the USSR — namely collectivization, dekulakization, and rapid industrialization — were programs that required tremendous amounts of central planning. Delegates will be tasked with implementing these programs and navigating the dangerous waters that was the Great Purge. “He destroyed the status quo and he rebuilt it. He was radical”.

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Timur’s Conquests

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In the 68 years of Timur’s lifetime he was directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of people. His conquests took him through central Asia, northern India, the Levant, and China. Timur’s bloodline meant that he lacked legitimacy in both the Muslim and the Mongol world which forced him to create his own. In this committee, delegates will be be dealing with a variety of issues (military, diplomatic, economic, etc.) and may find themselves pitted against one another.

 

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice is the United Nations’ primary judicial body. The ICJ attempts to resolve a broad range of inter-state disputes with an unlimited subject-matter jurisdiction. At NAMUN, it is comprised of delegates serving as judges, who hear, probe, and deliberate on legal and factual arguments. Also, NAMUN staff will represent two pairs of advocates who conduct research on and argue a case for their assigned country. Additionally, other NAMUN staff are witnesses that are called to testify as representatives of third-party states or organizations. The ICJ at NAMUN simulates an engaging and approachable version of this indispensable mechanism of dispute resolution in the UN context.

The court will hear one contentious case this year. Ukraine v. Russian Federation (Application of the Int’l Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the Int’l Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) is based on alleged breaches of the named conventions arising from military, financial, and political actions, among others, allegedly taken by the Russian Federation in 2014, and thereafter, affecting hitherto Ukrainian territory and nationals. Foreseeable topics to be covered include but are not limited to: human rights and humanitarian norms, including political and cultural rights, the formulation of offences in the text of these two conventions, and evidence in various media emerging from this ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe.

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AD HOC

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Who knows

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Crisis

 

America 2024: The Free World

 
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The year is 2024. After winning reelection in 2020 with a robust republican majority, Donald Trump and his cabinet have undermined the traditional rule of a democratic state. Their commitment to nationalism and isolationist policies have fractured American alliances globally, while internally, their failure to sponsor social initiatives for health care, gun reform, and economic mobility has left the country deeply divided along class and racial lines. America is poised to elect their new president; however, mounting civil unrest casts a grim shadow over the impending election and its results.

This committee will simulate the future of American politics by interrogating the relationship between a government and its people. It demands intense scrutiny into the role of money in politics and the evolving nature of citizen interaction in the age of social media and the internet. It will question the legal, regulatory, defensive and public provisory functions of government and evaluate whether they are as valid and necessary in 2024 as in 1776. American democracy and the American Dream are in store for massive revisions to meet the demands of the 21st century-- but only if its institutions can survive being taken off life support.

 

US senate (GENERAL ASSEMBLY)

This committee will be modeled after the United States Senate and debate will follow Crisis GA mechanics. The senate will be tasked with debating policy recommendations with the goal of preserving American institutions and responding to endemic problems with the structures of American government that don’t make the evening news. Delegates will be evaluated on based on how well they defend their party and their constituents, while the congress itself will work in tandem with the cabinet to respond to their citizens’ concerns.

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US Cabinet

The Cabinet will be comprised of the President’s closest advisors. They will be tasked with responding to up to the minute social and economic crises, all while embroiled in the midst of scandal and legal battles. Cabinet will be challenged to maintain and justify the existing role of government to the American people on a day to day basis while acting as peacekeeper between factions.

Silicon Valley

The economic and technocratic elite have bankrolled the American government in large part through the 21st century; with a businessman in power, they have found their stride and are fighting back against high tax rates. However, the power that comes with wealth is not unchecked. Though wealth has been concentrated in the hands of the few, as a result, everyday Americans rely on their goods and services to survive. Silicon Valley elites have operated in the background, but as government power dwindles, the American people turn their eyes to corporations to serve the functions of the state. This committee will be challenged with presenting a credible alternative to traditional government.

 

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Citizens for the 2nd Amendment

Economic decline and the opioid epidemic has ravaged the South. Demands for government action have fallen upon deaf ears; in response, many Southerners have taken it upon themselves to defend the America of yesteryear. Allied with Fox News, Alex Jones, and the Alt Right, this committee will be comprised of delegates unafraid to bear arms to protect family values, Christian ethics, racial segregation, and their territory. Delegates in this committee see themselves as autonomous freedom fighters above all else, and are tasked with defending their vision of America’s future at any cost.

Citizens united for a democratic future

Liberal America sees the future through rose coloured glasses, where anyone from anywhere can be successful in America, that shining city on the hill. However, desires for social justice and robust freedom of expression are only won through hard fought battles. After eight years of policy under the Trump administration, many hard won civil rights for African Americans, LGBTQ, immigrants, and countless other minorities have decidedly weakened. In response, the Media, Anti-fa and BLM movements, and populists have joined forces to fight for their freedoms-- before they slip through their fingers.

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Joint Crisis: Sierra Leone Civil War

 
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The Sierra Leone civil war was an eleven year conflict that left an estimated 50,000 dead and millions scarred by unthinkable violence. Funded by blood diamonds, rebel and government forces wreaked havoc on the country and its people in their brutal conquest for power. The legacy of colonialism left its government unable to adequately provide for its people, a deep divide between the wealth in cities with the poverty of the countryside, and overpowering necessity for change. This committee will pit the Revolutionary United Front against the National Provisional Ruling Council in their quest for ultimate power.

National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC): Provisional Government

Revolutionary United Front (RUF): Rebel Forces

The National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) was established to govern Sierra Leone after disillusioned and under provided troops staged a coup against the former president Joseph Saidu Momoh. The NPRC faces the advancing Revolutionary United Front, which is threatening government control over both the capital, Freetown, and strategic economic targets, especially the diamond-rich areas of the southeast. By putting aside their differences and resolving to tackle the systematic issues that gave rise to the RUF, delegates on this committee will be able to put Sierra Leone on the long road to recovery.

Tired of ineffective rule from what they see as a corrupt elite in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, a “lost” generation of young people have begun an armed struggle against the government by forming the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in an attempt to improve their social and economic conditions. Despite facing significant disadvantages in terms of numbers and equipment, the RUF has managed to maintain a sustained and brutal insurgency, financed through the both the sale of “blood diamonds” and aided by the incompetence of their opponents. Delegates on this committee must work to preserve their revolution in face of a renewed government offensive and the prospect of international intervention.

 

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