Yale MUN Committee Assignments
The committees for this are incredible. There are 37 possibilities (!!) including Regional Bodies, which represent a fresh style of committee. Here is their description: Featuring both traditional and non-traditional UN committees, this year’s Regional Bodies will undoubtedly keep delegates on their toes as they are confronted with some of the most pressing issues of past history and the modern day specific to particular regions. Some examples are: The Arab League, which will address the Refugee and Migration Crisis and the African Union which will address militias in the Central African Republic and piracy off the coasts of the continent and the Warsaw Pact. There are also Specialized Committees that give students an opportunity to discuss topics in an engaging, imaginative, spontaneous and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. One of the main unique qualities of specialized committees is that, with an average of 20 delegates, they are much smaller than General Assemblies, ECOSOCs and Regional Bodies. This small atmosphere leads to very lively debates, which force delegates to react quickly and engage fully in the topics being discussed. From the Chinese Politburo 2017 to the 1959 Cabinet of Fidel Castro, YMUN’s Specialized Committees cover a wide range of topics, time periods and regions. There is for the second time an International Court of Justice. In this unique judicial body, delegates will get the chance to debate a real contentious case in the ICJ and will serve as either advocates or judges. The Press Corps with a greater focus on reporting on the conference and utilizing multimedia will give delegates interested in journalism a wonderful way to combine their interests. Crisis committees are new to YMUN this year, arriving finally after popular demand. They are offering 6 engaging committees, focusing on creative problem solving on both an independent and collective basis. With less than 20 delegates, crisis committees are suitable for dedicated delegates who are looking to get the most out of their committee experience. These committees range from the Irish Resistance of 1919 to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
NOTE: They will be using NORTH AMERICAN UNA-USA PROCEDURE this year instead of hybrid!
Below are the possibilities. Please email your top three choices to Admin@WestfieldAcademy.net by ??. Some of these committees require that you complete a short application. Mrs. H. has indicated these with a red asterisk. She will let you know ?? if you have been selected to apply for one of these committees. Note, if you are, Mrs. H. will provide you with the application which is short and will be due on ??. Please also note that there is no guarantee that Yale will be able to give us the assignments we ask for. When we get our assignments, we will figure out who is doing which committee.
COmmittee and Country Assignment Options
1. SPECPOL (SPECIAL POLITICAL AND DECOLONIZATION COMMITTEE) - India
The General Assembly Fourth Committee, also known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, handles a wide variety of issues, from peace building to the rights of self-governing territories. At this year’s YMUN, the Fourth Committee will be centered around promoting peace between Israel and Palestine, assisting Palestinian refugees on the ground, and preventing the continued settlements of Israelis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. At the same time, it will be the 4th’s responsibility to address the stability of South Sudan and the political and socio-economic issues that persist between Sudan, South Sudan and the broader international community. SPECPOL is looking forward to engaging and comprehensive debate that will bring solutions to these pressing problems!
2. IAEA (INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY) - India
The International Atomic Energy Agency was formed in 1957 as an international organization designed to deal with the windfall of consequences of nuclear weapons. At YMUN 44, the IAEA will focus on the proliferation of nuclear weapons. While only a few nations currently possess the technology to launch a nuclear strike, further nuclear proliferation has always been a global fear. Additionally, the IAEA will examine the effects of nuclear energy and climate change. With fossil fuels becoming increasingly rare and more dangerous, the world must turn to an increased use in nuclear energy. This committee will explore how the international community can establish peaceful energy programs incapable of weaponization and how the UN can slow the effects of climate change.
3. UNHCR (UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES) - India
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is tasked to protect and support the rights of refugees. A stateless person is one who is not considered a citizen of any country. Due to their lack of citizenship, these estimated 10 million people worldwide lack the benefits of citizenship, and therefore often have trouble obtaining necessities like food, water, and other basic services. Stateless people’s plights are magnified because they often are living in nations that completely deny responsibility for their care. The UNHCR has the goal of ending statelessness by 2024, a tall task as it will require active participation by states that may be against the idea. In addition, the topic of refugee trafficking will also be discussed in this committee. The recent refugee crisis has many consequences, one of them being the increase of people at risk of being trafficked. This committee will delve into potential roadblocks and work towards, or possibly against, the UNHCR’s vision of creating a world in which all people have the opportunity to be part of a state, and also to work towards potential solutions to refugee trafficking.
4. UNESCO (UN ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION) - India
UNESCO is an essential United Nations body which deals with the delicate topics of education, science, and culture. Tasked with the recognition and preservation of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO is responsible for bringing international respect to the beacons of the world's myriad cultures. As we live in a time where the world is seeing increased violence and chaos, UNESCO must approach the question of how to preserve these World Heritage Sites so that destructive conflict does not erase them from the map. On the constructive side, states must grapple with how to invest in their scientific and innovative sectors. With funding for scientific research being increasingly politicized, how will the values of a member state shape the national and international resources given to advances in the sciences?
5. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - India
The Human Rights Council is responsible for overseeing, promoting, and protecting human rights around the world. This year, the Human Rights Council will focus on human rights of persons with disabilities, which include protecting the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights of persons with disabilities. Another focus is on the right to food for the poor. Climate change and other factors have impacted people’s right to food. The poor are especially prone to food insecurity, due to lack of resources. Both of these are important topics that the Human Rights Council will discuss this year.
6. HISTORICAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1955 - LIBERIA
The Historical General Assembly of 1955 is YMUN’s first ever historical GA committee, and is tasked with addressing a range of issues from the 20th century. The goal here is to change the course of history, preferably for the better. Occurring 10 years after the establishment of the United Nations, this governing body of the UN will focus on two specific topics. Firstly, the Historical GA will work with the World Health Organization to combat a significant infectious disease: malaria. In 1955, the WHO implemented their Global Malaria Eradication Campaign, which subsequently failed in 1969. We need to determine the causes for its failure and either propose new resolutions and modifications, or create a new campaign, all in the name of swift efficiency. Our second topic will cover the Korean question and how to best stabilize a country torn apart and left with many questions about the uncertain future. In 1955, the United Nations GA worked diligently to deal with the aftermath of the Korean war and looks towards reaching a resolution for unifying the split country.
7. UNICEF (UN CHILDREN'S FUND) - OUR NEW DELEGATE COMMITTEE - India
For all first-time MUN-ers, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the committee dedicated to helping new delegates discover Model UN in a unique way. UNICEF provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and their mothers in developing countries. At YMUN, our committee will discuss two topics: public education and children refugees. Because education is a basic human right, UNICEF must analyze the state of public education across the globe, particularly with regard to access and quality, in order to create innovative solutions. Compounding this lack of education, many children are also refugees due to various conflicts around the world and poor living conditions. These children can lack basic resources, education, and legal protection; UNICEF must make a plan to assist these children and improve their living conditions.
8. ASEAN (THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS)- INDIA
This is a Regional Body which represents a fresh style of committee – small-to-medium sized, each with their own regional focus.
ASEAN is a coalition of countries within Asia who are motivated to improve the region. At YMUN 44, this committee will discuss religious and ethnic minorities in Southeast Asia. The ethnic and religious minorities of Southeast Asia contribute to the diversity and vitality of the region. They also reflect the unique history of the region and the many cultural influences it bears as a result of its history. Nevertheless, there are trenchant issues relating to how such minorities are treated. ASEAN will also explore the complex problem of Chinese expansionism. While difficult to navigate and even more difficult to solve, ASEAN must tackle this issue with vigor and brainstorm creative solutions to help every nation in the region.
9. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN
This is a Specialized Committee. Specialized Committees at YMUN give students an opportunity to discuss topics in an engaging, imaginative, spontaneous and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. One of the main unique qualities of specialized committees is that, with an average of 20 delegates, they are much smaller than General Assemblies, ECOSOCs and Regional Bodies. This small atmosphere leads to very lively debates, which force delegates to react quickly and engage fully in the topics being discussed.
Since the 1947 partition of India, Pakistan has engaged in a territorial conflict with India over the northern region of Kashmir. After fighting three wars with India over the past 70 years, Pakistan currently administers Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. However, Pakistan also claims Jammu and the Kashmir Valley, regions which are majority Muslim. While violence in the region has generally declined in the 21st century, there has been recent anti-Indian protests in reaction to Hindu nationalism, human rights abuses, and the death of a Mujahideen commander by Indian security forces. The National Assembly of Pakistan seeks to pass resolutions that will lower tensions in the region while simultaneously restoring human rights and combatting extremism. The National Assembly of Pakistan will also tackle economic development this year. Reviewing Pakistan’s foreign relations with China and other nations will be essential to promoting the country’s economy including its employment and infrastructure growth. In addition, national security plays an important role in attracting foreign investment. The delegates of this committee will be tasked with implementing policies to support Pakistan as an emerging market.
We have 2 seats in National Assembly of Pakistan. Please indicate your preference of role:
Amirullah Marwat - Chairperson of the Federal Education and Professional Training
Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi - Chairperson of the Communications Committee.