Environmental Crisis Council
The year is 2100 and we are facing a catastrophic climate crisis. Humanity has been aware of climate change since the late 1900s, yet governments internationally have kept stagnant in solving it. While freshwater availability lowers, saltwater levels only seem to rise. As a result, countries such as the Netherlands, China and Vietnam are experiencing destructive flooding. Oxygen levels are decreasing while greenhouse gases including methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide continue to increase. Countries such as China are becoming uninhabitable due to the toxic levels of pollution. The climate continues to lose stability. Additionally, the frequency of natural disasters only seems to be increasing, with record numbers of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Personally, I have been advocating for the health of our planet since my youth as I truly believe a sustainable and healthy climate is possible, yet I do not have much time left on this earth. Major action has been put off for 80 years; now's your chance to make a difference.
Kindest regards, Greta Thunberg
Human Rights Council
The United Nations Human Rights Council is a branch of the UN that operates for the promotion and protection of Human Rights around the globe. Composed of 47 states, the council has the ability to discuss issues throughout the year that have thematic relevance to human rights issues. At this assembly, we will be discussing issues related to privacy and surveillance, women’s rights in developing nations, and, youth sex trafficking. This council is designed for delegates of all experience levels and has a limited number of spaces available for elementary delegates.
International Criminal Court
Throughout the world there are people who violate our basic human rights through truly henious crimes such mass murder and genocide. A select few of these vile individuals have been brought forth today to be tried in the International Criminal Court. Delegates will try to defend or pass resolutions condemning Muammar al-Gaddafi the brutal dictator of Libya, Nioclás Maduro the corrupt president of Venezuela and Osama Bin-Laden the terrorist mastermind behind the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centres and the Pentagon. This will be a traditional MUN council, not a mock-trial. Basic MUN experience is required as well as some understanding of the modern/ historical political climate.
French Revolution Council
The French Revolution was an impactful historical period in French history which influenced modern democracy across the globe. On the 22nd day of September 1792, in the midst of a country in conflict, this council calls on the most influential statesmen of France to come to agreements that will change the fate of their nation. With King Louis XVI a prisoner of his people, the future of the monarchy and the French government as a whole has come into question. Delegates will negotiate the reform of the current government or the creation of a new government system. In addition, delegates will discuss solutions to the increasingly unstable financial state of France, an economy stressed by unreasonable taxation and a war with Austria and Prussia, and debt worsened by their past support of the American revolution. If you seek well-informed debate and like working in teams, you will enjoy being a part of this council.
Founded in 1945, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and is tasked with preserving global peace and security. The Security Council is unique in its authority to use force in response to threats to international peace and security. Under article 23, Chapter 5 of the Charter, the UNSC Council is composed of 15 members of the UN—5 permanent members who possess a veto power (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States of America), and 10 non-permanent members which are elected for a two-year term. In this session, the Security Council will attempt to find solutions towards the situation in the Middle East in regards to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the tenous situation between USA and Iran, and the Kashmir dispute.
World Health Organization Crisis Council
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a crucial committee in the United Nations that is tasked with finding solutions to health concerns around the world and enhancing the health security within member states. Since its conception, WHO has played an instrumental role in improving global health through eradicating disease, promoting greater nutrition and responding to health related emergencies world wide. This session of the World Health Organization will debate the global effects of the dengue virus, the emerging health issues related to climate change and the growing impacts of vaccine hesitancy. This council is as an introduction to Model UN for beginner level debaters.