Committees

Committees for UGAMUNC XXIV (February 9th-11th, 2018)

As one of the largest and oldest conferences in Georgia, we host a total of 10 committees, of which 7 are traditional UN style committees and 3 are crisis-based committees.

The following are this year’s 10 featured committees:

GA 1- Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)

“The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) was created immediately following World War II. It was formed to improve upon the failures and shortcomings of the League of Nations when dealing with international conflict. The committee was built as a general assembly, giving equal representation to each member nation. It focuses on promoting international peace and security through cooperation between member nations. Committee members work within the bounds of the UN charter to reduce the threat of international violence. The committee is designed to provide a public forum for member nations to discuss international security and other more specific topics, such as military budgets and weapons treaties” -“United Nations Official Document.” UN News Center. Accessed October 25, 2016

Background Guide: HERE

GA 3- Social, Humanitarian and Cultural

“The General Assembly Third Committee is allocated agenda items that cover social, humanitarian affairs, and human rights issues that affect people on a global scale. While its themes are broad, in the past, the Third Committee has discussed questions relating to more specific issues such as the well-being of refugees, eliminating the problem of racism and discrimination, and the advancement and empowerment of women. The Committee also addresses important social development questions, tackling specific issues such as crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.”- “General Assembly of the United Nations: Social Humanitarian & Cultural – Third Committee” ,United Nations

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GA 4-Special Political Committee

“The fourth committee was originally designed to handle decolonization in particular because 1945 saw the final stretch of the imperial age and many non-states were moving towards independence. After the 48th session, however, the fourth committee came to be known as the Special Political and Decolonization committee because decolonization became a smaller topic as a majority of colonies gained independence. This expansion has designated the fourth committee to discuss not only decolonization but also a list of topics ranging between “…Palestinian refugees and human rights, peacekeeping, mine action, outer space, public information, atomic radiation and the so- called University for Peace.” However, this is not to discount decolonization as a topic. As of the opening of the most recent Special Committee on Decolonization in February of 2016, seventeen territories were still deemed as non-self-governing.”-FEATURE: The UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee – Special Political and Decolonization Issues,UN News Center.

Background Guide: HERE

UNHCR ( United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)-

In 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) celebrated its 65th anniversary since its foundation in 1950 after the end of World War II. Originally, this UN organization was created to help displaced Europeans after the atrocities of the last world war for three years, after which it was to be disbanded. However, other refugee crises rose up after World War II and this organ of the UN has continued to function and help refugees for almost a century now. According to the official website, the UNHCR is a branch of the United Nations dedicated to “saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.” Currently, the UNHCR works in 130 countries with 10,966 staff members total; about eighty-seven percent of those staff members work on the ground. The direct aid and statistical analysis carried out by those members is of absolute importance; without it, many refugees and displaced  individuals would suffer at the hands of civil wars, poverty, disease, statelessness and many other afflictions. ​As delegates of this committee, you will discuss three topics that the UNHCR is dealing with today.

Background Guide: HERE

United Nations Development Programme-

“UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries’ efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030.” -United Nations’ Website for Development Programme

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African Union-

“In 1963, the 32 African states that had achieved independence at the time agreed to establish the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The charter of the OAU represented a compromise between two major factions: the “Casablanca Group,” consisting of the more liberal states demanding immediate unity, and the “Monrovia Group,” consisting of more conservative states supporting gradual unity. An additional 21 members gradually joined, reaching a total of 53 by 2002, when the African Union (AU) was formed in its place.”- African Union. “HISTORY OF THE OAU AND AU.” http://www.au.int/en/history/oau-and-au2 2016. “African Union.” Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

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OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation)-

“In 1969, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was established in light of the criminal arson of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam. Following the incident, twenty three Muslim heads of state met at the Rabat summit in Morocco to lay the groundwork for the OIC. The established goals for the organization included “the safeguarding and protection of the holy sites of Islam; support for the just cause of the Palestinian people, deprived of its legitimate rights; support for peoples and populations that are victims of oppression and racial discrimination.”-“Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).” Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. “Encyclopedia.com.

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Post-Revolution Panem –

Now that the Revolution is over, the harder battle is about to begin: building a new state. A council has been erected to work on developing the nation in the wake of a devastating war. You want to build a unified nation on mutual respect and nationality, but how can you develop a national identity with the divisive past you were founded on. You are all equals now, but the sentiment does not carry across the nation. Rebels want reparations, and the loyalists want their old lifestyles back…some even want all of it. The committee will be facing an uphill battle. There are rumors of factions in the hills, and snakes in our own front yards. Work will have to be swift, but will need to make the right choices. A wrong decision could make the future of Panem as dim as that of an old tribute.

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House un-American Activities-

“In 1945, the House Un-American Activities Committee became a standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives formed with the purpose of protecting the U.S. population from threats of subversive acts or communist activities. As a member of this committee, you all will be called to make decisions on the fate of certain industries and individuals based on their suspected communist ties and to form policy that will affect the future of the United States for many years to come.”

Background Guide: HERE

CDC: Outbreak-

Urgent! Action Requested Immediately
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention committee has been formed following the rising threat of communicable diseases. Facing the imminent risk of an epidemic, the CDC committee has been assembled for the purpose of protecting the American people and mitigating any health risk. Delegates will have the opportunity to represent a multitude of health experts from across the medical industry and from within the CDC. Moreover, delegates will have to race across the clock balancing domestic safety, while striving to prevent an international OUTBREAK. How will you prevent a total pandemic?

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