Committees

At MUNUC, students represent the perspectives of countries or, on some of our smaller committees, historical individuals, cities, publications, and other entities. Based on the committee placement, students will then discuss and try to resolve issues ranging from security to economics to education.

Attached here is last years’s (MUNUC 32’s) country matrix. It describes how many positions are allotted to each country on each committee and overall. A matrix for MUNUC 33 will be made available later this Summer.

Below you can find the full list of committees that will be run at MUNUC 33. We look forward to welcoming you at conference!

 

General Assembly

Ms. Stasya Rodionova, Under-Secretary-General (usg.ga@munuc.org)

The General Assembly is one of the principle organs of the United Nations. It contains the largest committees in the entire body, consisting of every member state. Topics addressed in these committees are varied and complex, but always of worldwide importance. Delegates in a GA must strive to understand both the perspective of their country, as well as the motivations and goals of their many fellow nations in order to develop effective and lasting solutions to pressing global problems. At MUNUC 33, topics available include biosecurity, land rights of indigenous peoples, ethics of genetic engineering, conventions on land disputes, the programmatic budget of the United Nations, and universal financial access.

 

Economic and Social Council

Ms. Aparna Jayashankar, Under-Secretary-General (usg.ecosoc@munuc.org)

The committees of the Economic and Social Council pride themselves on providing delegates with an experience that marries content driven debate and close engagement with the topics.The small, medium, and large sized committees offered by ECOSOC will explore important issues such as development, human rights, and the effects of climate change. Delegates who enjoy research, content-driven model UN, and a dynamic committee environment focused on learning and growth will find themselves at home in ECOSOC.

 

Regional Bodies

Ms. Abigail Jackman, Under-Secretary-General (usg.rb@munuc.org)

The Regional Bodies in MUNUC 33 feature a wide array of topics. As regional bodies have a narrow geographic concentration, delegates will be constantly engaged with substantive content and focus on how the topics affect them as a country and solutions their country can offer. The Arab League, Organization of American States, and African Union are traditional-side committees in which delegates will craft resolutions to tackle issues ranging from anti-narcotic trafficking operations to healthcare access in areas of conflict. The Pacific Islands Forum and the European Union will be primarily resolution-focused but will incorporate some crisis elements, allowing delegates to interact dynamically with the issues. No prior crisis experience or training for these two committees is required.

 

Specialized Agencies

Mr. Jacob Sims Speyer, Under-Secretary-General (usg.sa@munuc.org)

The Specialized Agencies offered at MUNUC 33 are unique committees of a medium size, some of which have nontraditional structures. Although typically lacking the "backroom" of crisis committees, these bodies nonetheless have varied mechanics and formats. This includes the Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which will run with trial elements, and the United States Constitutional Convention.

 

Hybrid

Mr. Alex Vinarov, Under-Secretary-General (usg.hybrid@munuc.org)

The Hybrid Committees are a new set of committees offered at MUNUC that aim to explore and model different ways that decision-making bodies operate.These committees are designed to help delegates grapple with the implications and outcomes of the actions that they take within their committee. All Hybrid committees explore only one topic in order to help delegates gain a deeper understanding of a certain place or time period. Delegates will be expected not only to write resolutions, but also to write crisis notes and experience the impact of their resolution on the committee they have created through the use of crisis elements. Hybrid committees are structured in non-standard Model UN formats; however, they all have some mix of traditional GA and crisis elements, inviting delegates of all experience to try their hands at new ways of tackling historical issues.

 

Continuous Crisis Committees

Mr. Devin Haas, Under-Secretary-General (usg.cc@munuc.org)

Continuous crisis committees are small and dynamic committees that simulate historical cabinets all over the world. Instead of working towards a large resolution delegates pass short directives in response to the multitude of issues that a cabinet deals with. These committees allow delegates to consider the power of the individual versus the power of the body, as delegates also direct their resources through personal declarations not approved by the body. Delegates that enjoy alternative history, speaking frequently, discussing a wide range of issues and individual action over bloc politics will thrive in a crisis committee.

 

Experimental and Ad-Hoc Committees of the Secretary General