Alabama Model United Nations X will offer six distinct General Assembly committees.
General Assembly (GA) committees are the most traditional Model United Nations format, in which anywhere from fifteen to over one hundred student Delegates each represent a single United Nations member country while debating pre-assigned topics in a mock United Nations committee. In these committees, it is the task of the Delegates to engage in debate for the purpose of writing and passing a resolution to resolve the topic.
Topic A: Managing Secondary Health Effects from Natural Disasters
Topic B: Combating Effects of Indoor Air Pollution in Developing Countries
World Health Organization
Chair: Russell Puffer
Co-Chairs: Lawford Hatcher & Isabelle Berry
The World Health Organization,or WHO,primarily focuses on international public health issues. This includes both communicable diseases such as HIV, influenza, and malaria and non communicable diseases such as heart disease or cancer. WHO frequently works with individual state governments and as such collaboration with these nation states and their governments is key.
Topic A: Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh
Topic B: Childhood Education for Refugees
UN High Commission
Chair: Maria Blough
Co-Chair: Kate Prindle, Kaitlyn Wolf
The UNHCR, also known as the UN Refugee Agency, works to provide assistance to refugees, forcibly displaced persons, and stateless individuals. The agency provides assistance to those seeking asylum and safety while providing basic resources such as food and shelter to those who have none. The UNHCR also assists integration as well as returns to home nations. Additionally, the UNHCR acts as an advocate for policy transformation in order to better provide for displaced persons.
Topic A: Preservation of Culture in Conflict
Topic B: Tourism as Economic Prosperity
UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
Chair: Kat Reed
Co-Chairs: Max McCombs, Catherine Kachman
UNESCO facilitates international cooperation in science, education, and issues affecting or influencing culture. The organization seeks to facilitate diversity, access to scientific advances and their benefits, full freedom of expression, and access to an education as a fundamental human right. UNESCO further seeks to strengthen ties between individual nations, something which is especially important in today’s globalized world.
Topic A: Indigenous Peoples' Rights Protection
Topic B: Rights of the Physically Disabled
Co-Chair: Alex Nightingale
SOCHUM focuses on a variety of social, cultural, and human rights topics from around the world. As such it discusses a broad range of topics. In the past these have included women’s rights issues, combating racial prejudices, human rights violations, and issues pertaining to family development and youth.
Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural
Topic A: State Sponsored Paramilitaries and Militias
Topic B: Changing the Role of the Peacekeeper
Disarmament & International Security
DISEC, the first committee of the General Assemblies, deals primarily with international security issues. The committee seeks to promote global peace by investigating various global security threats and facilitating solutions. Specifically, the committee focuses on cooperative arrangements and the regulation of armaments.
Topic A: The Situation in Venezuela
Alternative Topic: Arctic Claims
United Nations Security Council
Chair: Aaron Fox
Co-Chairs: Samuel Reece,Dalton Grangier
The United Nations Security Council consists of 15 member states and is primarily responsible for obtaining and maintaining international peace. The council identifies the existence of threats to international peace and provides recommendations for their peaceful resolution. The UNSC has the power to implement sanctions and authorize the use of force in order to maintain international peace.