- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
- Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)
- Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM)
- The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- Prime Minister’s Crisis Cell
- The Uprising of the Chinese Communist Party, 1934
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is the United Nations’ primary medium for debating and enforcing international law and maintaining global peace and security. Under the rules of the United Nations charter, all member states are obligated to abide by all Security Council resolutions. In times of conflict its 15 member states, including its five permanent members, determine the nature and origin of a threat to international peace. It seeks to formulate diplomatic resolutions to end crises, place sanctions or authorise the use of military force. It has wide-ranging powers and responsibilities including investigating disputes, regulating armament and security, operating to directly prevent conflict in designated areas and with the General Assembly, electing judges to the International Court of Justice. Given the requirements of this committee, it is recommended for experienced delegates only.
Topic Area: Recontextualizing notions of international peace and security; Rethinking UNSC’s role in tackling global health threats.
Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)
The First Committee of the General Assembly seeks to promote global peace and stability through international cooperation and disarmament. All issues dealing with international security and armaments are referred to DISEC. It cooperates with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Conference on Disarmament. It has taken to discussing problems such as cyber warfare, arms smuggling, drone warfare, nuclear armament and a wide range of unstable military and political crises around the world.
Topic Area: The Demilitarization of Afghanistan
Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM)
The mandate and scope of the 3rd committee of the General Assembly is encapsulated within the official description of the committee, provided by the United Nations as “relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination.” As such, it deals with all issues pertaining to the social and humanitarian affairs of all peoples and the preservation of fundamental civil liberties. The committee additionally focuses on the policies for social uplifting and addressing various infrastructural problems inhibiting social development.
Topic Area: Enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings as an impediment to civil and political freedoms
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
UN Women is an entity of the United Nations dedicated towards the emancipation of all women to be able to pursue their fundamental rights and exercise their full potential. UN Women was established in order to expedite the addressing of the needs of women around the world. It collaborates with governments and civil society to design laws, policies and frameworks in order to ensure effective implementation of policies across the globe. The United Nations faced challenges in its efforts to promote gender equality due to a lack of a dedicated body for this purpose. It seeks to promote the political enfranchisement of women, their economic empowerment, curb violence against women and ensure their women’s involvement in peace-building and conflict resolution.
Topic Area: Black Women and State-Sanctioned Violence
World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. WHO has been at the forefront of disease eradication while playing a crucial role in containing the spread of contagious diseases. With a holistic mandate, the committee ensures to track health policies, the mandate of WHO continues to become reasonably relevant in the socio-political landscape. The committee advocates for universal healthcare, monitors public health risks, coordinates responses to health emergencies, and promotes human health and well being.
The topic area for WHO at LUMUN XVII will be the prevention of the spread of contagious diseases. It extends beyond the confines of majorly discussed issues and spreads lights on various contagious diseases worldwide. Delegates will identify problems and policies to create a practical framework to fight the spread of contagious diseases. The health policies will fulfill two aims: firstly, to address the underlying social and economic determinants of health through policies and programs that enhance health equity and integrate pro-poor, gender-responsive, and human rights-based approaches and secondly to promote a healthier environment, intensify primary prevention and influence public policies in all sectors to address the root causes of environmental threats to health. The delegates are expected to discuss the role of every country, cultural issues, and scientific discoveries to cater to health emergencies in the context of the prevention of contagious diseases.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is a United Nations office that was established in 1997 after combining the United Nations International Drug Control Programme and the crime prevention and criminal justice division of the United Nations. It was established to assist the UN in effectively addressing a coordinated, comprehensive response to the interrelated issues of illicit trafficking, abuse of drugs, crime prevention, criminal justice, international terrorism and political corruption. In the Millennium Declaration, member states have aimed to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime, increase efforts to counter the rapidly growing world drug problem and to take concentrated steps against international terrorism. These goals are pursued through three primary functions of UNODC: research, guidance and support to governments in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties and working on domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism.
Topic Area: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The United Nations Development Programme is the UN global development network which connects countries to provide advice, training, grant support and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Through focusing on encouraging cooperation in the field of poverty, inequality, social development, infrastructural improvement and crisis recovery, the UNDP has brought countries together to design policies to ensure the fulfilment of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Topic Area: Addressing Sustainable Development Goals 3,4 and 5 in light of the coronavirus pandemic
Prime Minister’s Crisis Cell
Pakistan is a troubled country, facing myriad issues and currently positioned at a unique point in history that may determine its trajectory for decades to come. In such a time, the role of its policymakers is crucial. At the Prime Minister’s Crisis Cell (PMCC), you take on the role of the policymakers and attempt to navigate through the multi-faceted crises threatening Pakistan. This committee aims to provide delegates an unmatched learning experience by allowing them to solve, through robust policy recommendations and implementation of solutions, the range of issues we face today. The committee will operate as a crisis committee, and will be set in May 2020. As such, delegates will be tasked with driving Pakistan’s pandemic response, while also simultaneously dealing with issues relating to climate change, the economy, and the political sphere. Unlike any other Model UN committee, the PMCC will allow for a deep understanding of the nuances that go into policy making while also providing an ideal platform to display your diplomatic prowess. The committee also seeks to inform delegates’ perceptions and knowledge of Pakistan’s politics and society beyond the confines of the conference debate.
The Uprising of the Chinese Communist Party, 1934
The Chinese Communist Party is the founding and primary governing party of the People’s Republic of China. Its official membership in China currently stands at 91 million, making it the second largest designated political party in history. It is a legacy of the iconic Long March of 1934 that marked the emergence of Mao Zedong as the undisputed leader of the Chinese Communists. Its historical origins include conflict with the Nationalist Party and foreign forces and a struggle to reshape Chinese politics and society. This crisis committee at LUMUN XVII will present delegates an opportunity to dive deep into the history of communism in China. This historical crisis committee offers an intimate and crisis-oriented experience at LUMUN, promising thrilling simulations, refreshing diversity, and tight-knit environments. Composed of a small number of delegates, this committee will emulate the fast-paced and unpredictable challenges that key actors faced in this monumental period in Chinese history. It will allow delegates to work closely with a group of passionate peers to tackle these issues and redefine history.
Given the requirements of this committee, it is recommended for experienced delegates only.
The Historical Arab League
The Arab League (al-Jāmiʻa al-ʻArabiyya) is a regional organisation consisting of 22 member states, with its administrative center located in Cairo, Egypt. It was founded in 1945 with the Alexandria protocol that declared the formation of an organisation to promote cooperation and mutual friendship between the predominantly Arab states. It sought to mediate and minimise conflict within the region and to solve disputes without intervention from other foreign powers and preserve the sovereignty of all of its members. Its subsidiary bodies provide a platform for coordination in economic activity and socio-cultural programmes. Its first action dealt with the creation of Israel and the displacement of the Arab population in 1948. It has its ideological roots within notions of Pan-Arabism. However, the Arab League has suffered from infighting and inability to find common ground on many issues.
This Historical Arab League at LUMUN XVII will be simulated as a crisis committee and will be discussing the Arab Spring of 2011-12. The Arab Spring was a series of popular challenges to governments of the Arab League, posing the greatest threat that some of leaders in power had ever faced in their often decades-long rule. Member states faced varying degrees of revolt, some mired with immense levels of violence, with the ouster of governments in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Combined with armed conflict, foreign intervention and a domino effect of protests spilling across the region, states sought to preserve control with differing results.
Given the requirements of this committee, it is recommended for experienced delegates only.
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