Nordic Council, 1962 NORD
GROUP: Regional Bodies
- Dannerys Peralta
- Kevin Yao
The Nordic Council is an inter-governmental organisation composed of the Scandanavian and Nordic countries as well as their territories and dependencies. Set in the year of 1962, the rise of the European Economic Community as well as the continued Cold War have led the nations of the Nordic Council to once again consider the nature of their organization. Delegates will have to decide how the Nordic nations will respond to issues, both internal and external.
The committee will begin with a session of traditional Model United Nations GA-style debate, in which delegates will draft the organization charter that will define the structure and power of the council. After the first session, delegates will transition into a continuous crisis-style committee with crisis breaks and backroom mechanics. Please see the background guide for further detail on the mechanics of the committee.
Delegates will first have to decide the structure and nature of the Nordic Council and draft an organization charter in the spirit of the Helsinki Treaty. This was a time when Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland all had a diversity of programs and initiatives to promote cooperation.
Then, delegates will have to lead the committee through a tense period of international politics, in which Scandinavia, geographically situated between the rival blocs of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, must consider how to best navigate their difficult situation. Delegates must consider both ideological and national politics, and they will have the opportunity to lead the committee in the direction of their desire through both frontroom debate and backroom maneuvering. Meanwhile, the committee as a whole will have to balance the external, political future of Scandinavia with internal issues such as economic modernization, inter-member territorial disputes, and, of course, fishing rights.