Committees for UGAMUNC XXIII (February 3-5 2017)
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
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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
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.
UNODC ( United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)-
“In 1997, the United Nations International Drug Control Program and Crime Prevention and the Criminal Justice Division combined to create the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This organization was originally created to combat the facilitation of illicit drugs and multinational crime though has expanding its operations to cover a wide array of international criminal phenomena. It operates in more than 150 countries, and it was originally established as the United Nations Development Group. The organization also works closely with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to assist governments in implementing plans to combat crime within their countries. The UNODC primarily focuses on drugs, terrorism, and human trafficking, though they work toward educating the world on the risks associated with drug use, strengthening criminal justice systems internationally, and arming governments with the full capabilities to combat major global crime threats.”-“United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
“Since 1957, the European Treaties have been amended several times, the last amendment came in the form of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. It also changed the name of the EEC to European Union (EU). By 2016, EU membership has grown to 28 countries, the biggest accession of ten member states took place in 2004, out of which eight were former communist countries in eastern Europe. Today, 508 million people live in the EU, which now covers an area 1.5 million square miles (the US is about 2.5 times larger in size than the entire European Union). The EU has 20 official languages.” -Official EU website – European Commission. 2016d. Living in the EU – Stats and Figures.
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“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
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.
Bonaparte Family Dinner –
“May 19, 1804: It is one year after what have come to be known as the Napoleonic Wars have begun and at this time, Napoleon has come into power as the self-crowned emperor of France. You all will be representing an individual Marshal of the Empire that Napoleon appointed through Sénatus-consulte in order to help serve him and France during the war. Peace in Europe was very short lived, as The Peace of Amiens, which momentarily stopped the ten-year conflict between France and Great Britain was only seen as temporary and lasted for barely a year before Britain declared war on France again in 1803″- “Milestones: 1801–1829 – Office of the Historian.” U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State.
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Dr. Who’s Entourage-
“Doctor Who is a hit TV show that has been running on and off since 1963. The lead character is The Doctor; he is a 2000-year-old Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. Time Lords are able to travel through all of space and time. He travels in a ship called the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) that allowed him to travel. He is the last living Time Lord (well, kind of). Being a Time Lord also comes with the benefit of regeneration. A Time Lord can regenerate 12 times before they die. Each time they get a new face and personality. The Doctor is currently on his 13th regeneration by the saving grace of his people.” “Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time (Travel): A Beginner’s Guide To Doctor Who.” Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time (Travel): A Beginner’s Guide To Doctor Who, Shannon Sullivan
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KGB (Soviet Union Committee for State Security)-
“Under the guise of many names the Russian state police have existed for quite some time. For centuries they were tasked with the job of protecting the Russian people by patrolling the state to foil the threats of various Russian enemies. It has been their duty to guard the Russian borders from heinous outside forces that would otherwise spill into the country and ruin everything that it holds sacred.”
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