Yale MUN Committees
The committees for this are incredible. There are 27 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 Education in the Arab World and the Refugee Crisis and the African Union which will address the situation in Libya and combatting HIV/Aids and the 1971 Islamabad Reconciliation Forum (we did this two years ago. It was a great committee and we won Best Delegate in it!). 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 WWII Japanese Advisory Council to the Roman Senate, YMUN’s Specialized Committees cover a wide range of topics, time periods and regions. There is for the first time an inaugural 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.
Below are the possibilities. Please email your top three choices to WestfieldAcad@gmail.com by tonight. 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 Thursday 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 Saturday. 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.
The General Assembly committees are the largest of YMUN and some of the most intense. This year’s committees will be unprecedented in their scope and substance. In addition to requiring research from delegates, these committees will be the ultimate test of delegates’ ability to share their ideas and work with other delegates. To ensure the best experience for delegates, GA committees will have a maximum of 100 delegates.
DISEC (DISARMAMENT AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEE)
Topic 1: South China Sea
Topic 2: Biological and Chemical Weapons
ECOFIN (ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL COMMITTEE)
Topic 1: Geopolitics of Fossil Fuels
Topic 2: Tax Avoidance and the World of Dark Money
SOCHUM (SOCIAL, HUMANITARIAN, AND CULTURAL COMMITTEE)
Topic 1: Improving Women’s Reproductive Rights
Topic 2: Protecting Workers’ Rights in Developing Countries
SPECPOL (SPECIAL POLITICAL AND DECOLONIZATION COMMITTEE)
Topic 1: The Situation in Kashmir
Topic 2: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Topic 1: Establishing a Legal Framework for the Use of Military Drones
Topic 2: Countering Terrorism through International and Domestic Legislation
UNSCD (UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL CONFERENCE ON DRUGS)
Topic 1: The Illicit Sale and Use of Legal Drugs
Topic 2: The Global Cocaine Trade
Economic and Social Councils
The ECOSOCs are mid-sized committees (maximum 80 delegates) that offer a middle ground between the intimate, intense settings of the smaller committees and the diverse, dynamic nature of larger committees. This year, we are featuring many new ECOSOC committees that broaden the range of issues to involve human rights protections, scientific advancement, criminal justice and economic development. Delegates will challenge each other to think deeply about resolving not only global concerns, but also individual nations’ roles in an increasingly global world.
UNDP (UN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME)
Topic 1: Ethics of Healthcare in Warzones
Topic 2: Privatization of Healthcare
WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION)
Topic 1: Combating Emerging Infectious Diseases
Topic 2: Distribution of Pharmaceuticals in Developing Countries
UNEP (UN ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME)
Topic 1: Sustainable Development Goals for Climate Change
Topic 2: Urban Development Sustainability
Topic 1: Intimate Partner Violence
Topic 2: Women in Government
UNHCR (UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES)
Topic 1: Reallocation and Reintegration of Refugees
Topic 2: Macroeconomic Impact of Refugees
UNESCO (UN ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION)
Topic 1: Educating Marginalized Communities: Women
Topic 2: Educating Marginalized Communities: Refugees
UNICEF (UN CHILDREN’S FUND) -- NEW DELEGATE COMMITTEE*
Topic 1: The Use of Child Soldiers in Armed Conflicts
Topic 2: Combating Child Labor in Developing Countries
Regional Bodies represent a fresh style of committee – small-to- medium sized, each with their own regional focus – that surely won’t disappoint. 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. Our seven incredible Regional Bodies are distinct in their focus, select in their representation, and direct in their goal.
ASEAN (THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS)
Topic 1: Targeting Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in Southeast Asia
Topic 2: Reviewing ASEAN’s Regulation of Transboundary Haze
AU (AFRICAN UNION)
Topic 1: The Situation in Libya
Topic 2: Combatting HIV/AIDS
Topic 1: Education in the Arab World
Topic 2: Refugee Crisis
EU (EUROPEAN UNION)
Topic 1: Domestic Counterterrorism
Topic 2: Combatting Climate Change
OAS (ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES)
Topic 1: LGBTQ+ Rights
Topic 2: Rights of Indigenous Peoples
AD-HOC COMMITTEE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
“Those who will lead the future must understand China today.” Stephen Schwarzman, Yale ‘69
The Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General is a fast paced and intense committee intended for experienced delegates. The topic of the committee will be confidential until shortly before the conference, forcing delegates to think on their feet. Delegates will be expected to adapt quickly to a multitude of different crises. Ultimately, our goal is for the Ad-Hoc Committee to be one of YMUN’s most challenging and exciting committees.
The 1971 Islamabad Reconciliation Forum is set in most tense and tumultuous time in the history of the South Asian subcontinent. More than 20 years after independence from British rule and the partition into India and Pakistan, several simmering grievances and hostilities in the region are brought to the fore immediately after the Pakistan General Elections in 1970. Conflicts over regional and national identities and questions of religion and language are exacerbated by the split of economic resources in Pakistan, as there is a growing armed movement calling for a split in the nation. The situation is further complicated by the presence of India and the hostile relationship between the two nations in the past 20 years. Additionally, there is the looming threat of the Cold War, with the eyes of the world on the subcontinent. Come and step into the shoes of the biggest leaders on either side of the border, as they address this challenge and seek a peaceful resolution—this is a unique opportunity to script the history of the South Asian subcontinent!
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. YMUN XLIII’s Specialized Committees cover a wide range of topics, time periods and regions.
UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL*
Topic 1: Situation in the Republic of Turkey
Topic 2: Convention on Cybersecurity
Topic 1: The Bay of Pigs Invasion
Topic 2: Reintegration into OAS
WWII JAPANESE ADVISORY PANEL
Topic 1: The Legal Proceedings of Emperor Hirohito
Topic 2: The Reintegration of Post WWII Japan
ADVISORY PANEL ON UNIÃO REFORM
Topic 1: Presidential Succession
Topic 2: Real Reform in Politics
Topic 1: Restoring Order to the Republic
Topic 2: Caesar’s Claims to Power
International Court of Justice*
Delegates in the International Court of Justice will engage in high-level debate about international law and work to address some of the international community’s most pressing legal issues. This year’s Court will address Whaling in the Antarctic, Australia’s 2010 suit against Japan’s large-scale scientific whaling program. Though possessing scientific whaling permits under Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, Japan received criticism from states and NGOs alike for its disregard of protected whale populations and the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem. Throughout the conference, delegates will confront the challenges and ambiguities of environmental conservation and produce a decision grounded in international law.
Be an Advocate or a Justice
The Press Corps promises to provide a unique opportunity where delegates experience international relations through the lenses of the world’s most influential news outlets. Press Corps delegates will be closely engaged with all committees, moving from debate to debate to cover and even potentially affect the outcomes of the committees at YMUN. Delegates will ultimately provide media coverage of all action at YMUN and gain a comprehensive view of the economic, social, and political states of the countries represented at YMUN XLIII.