United Nations Human Rights Council UNHRC


  • Topic A: Human Rights of Internally Displaced People
  • Topic B: Women's Empowerment of Global Sustainability

TOPIC A Human Rights of Internally Displaced People

TOPIC B Women's Empowerment of Global Sustainability



  • Isabel O'Malley-Krohn
Email Committee Chair

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. The council discusses all human rights related issues and situations, addressing human rights violations and making recommendations for the future. Bearing these missions in mind, The Human Rights Council at MUNUC 32 endeavors to address essential issues that have a great influence on the global conditions of human rights.

Topic A discusses human rights and internally displaced peoples. An internally displaced person (IDP) is forced or obliged to leave their homes to avoid the effects of armed conflict, violence, or violations of human rights, and who have not crossed an internationally recognized State border”. The number of IDPs now outnumbers refugees 2:1, yet there is much greater legal and structural organization for refugees. IDPs face the same challenges as refugees, only they are not protected or acknowledged to the same extent by the UN. The risk to IDPs are numerous, though the most glaring concern health and welfare, considering many are children, elders, and others unable to take care of themselves. Delegates will discuss and figure out collaborative approaches to solve this issue.

Topic B discusses sustainable development on women’s rights. Around the world, women are responsible for obtaining clean water and farming land. In fact, around two-thirds of the world’s 600 million poor livestock keepers are women and it is estimated that women spend another 140 million hours per day obtaining clean water. And yet, only about 1% of women who are agricultural workers actually own the land. This disparity causes a humanitarian issue, since women in agricultural are at risk of sexual violence and discrimination due to power imbalance. This is just one example of the intersection between sustainable development and women’s rights. There exist many others, including human trafficking, forced and child marriage, and lack of social and economic protection for women. Delegates will work together to ensure that women will have an opportunity to enter more fully into the world stage and become part of policy-making decisions, specifically with respect to environmental decision-making.

Background guide last updated 12/22/2019


Committee Members

  •  United States
  •  Afghanistan
  •  Angola
  •  Argentina
  •  Australia
  •  Austria
  •  Bahamas
  •  Bahrain
  •  Bangladesh
  •  Brazil
  •  Bulgaria
  •  Burkina Faso
  •  Cameroon
  •  Chile
  •  China
  •  Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
  •  Croatia
  •  Cuba
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Denmark
  •  Egypt
  •  Eritrea
  •  Fiji
  •  Hungary
  •  India
  •  Iraq
  •  Italy
  •  Japan
  •  Mexico
  •  Nepal
  •  Nigeria
  •  Pakistan
  •  Peru
  •  Philippines
  •  Qatar
  •  Rwanda
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Senegal
  •  Slovakia
  •  Somalia
  •  South Africa
  •  Spain
  •  Togo
  •  Tunisia
  •  Ukraine
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Uruguay