COMMITTEES AND TOPICS
General Assembly, Second Committee (GA2)
GA2 is one of the six specialized committees of the GA. It’s work on economic and financial matters leads it to discuss matters related to sustainable development, including food security, poverty eradication, and improvements to development financing.
Mardav Jain, Director
Haley Rogers, Assistant Director
Amira Ramiz, Chair
Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP)
Difficulty: Beginner to Experienced
The COP is at the center of the United Nation’s efforts to mitigate and adapt to anthropogenic climate change. It was established by and is the decision making body for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Its mandate is to monitor the implementation of the Convention and other agreements made to further the Convention’s goals regarding climate change. Through the COP, Parties have reached major climate agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol (1992) and the Paris Agreement (2015).
Lizzy Staal, Director
Jaden Moon, Assistant Director
Megan Eu, Chair
I: Capacity Building for Improved Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change in Small Island Developing States
II: Mainstreaming Gender in the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
The FAO’s primary role is to eradicate hunger and malnutrition globally through addressing the preservation and use of natural resources and through the alleviation of poverty. The FAO Constitution empowers the FAO to make decisions regarding to policy and the budget. The FAO also carries out a variety of programs including, but not limited to, those to assist farmers struggling with food prices and to address international pestilences, and works with other intergovernmental partners, such as the European Union or World Bank, to invest in rural agriculture.
Jon Schaeffer, Director
Andy Heidke, Assistant Director
Kimiko Boswell, Chair
Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)
First established in 1992, the CSTD is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) created by the General Assembly (GA) to provide both the ECOSOC and GA with specialized advice and policy recommendations on science and technology issues. The commission is also responsible for following up to the World Summit on Information Society (2003-2005), which aimed to close the gap to technology and internet between developed and developing nations.
EJ Velasco, Director
Alex McKennon, Assistant Director
Arica Schuett, Chair
UN Women (UN-W)
UN Women was established by the GA in 2010 and became operational the following year with the purpose of improving the UN’s disparate gender-focused efforts. It serves as the organizational focal point for addressing gender disparity internationally. It works to improve the political participation of women, to combat gender-based violence and discrimination, to include women in sustainable development, and to ensure that gender-based perspectives are considered in other UN agencies and programs.
Gillian Lait, Director
Jiani Wang, Assistant Director
Sabrina Suen, Chair
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Established in 1945 as the principal judicial organ of the UN, the ICJ is responsible for settling legal disputes between Member States and giving advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized UN entities. As an institution different from the International Criminal Court, it is important to note that the ICJ can only give legal opinion on cases between Member States, not an individual who is suspected of a crime against international law.
Alex Wirth, Director
Cassie Lynch, Assistant Director
Security Council (SC)
Under the UN Charter, the Security Council (SC) is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security. In general, SC leads the international community in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. SC is also responsible for maintaining international peace and security by peaceful and diplomatic means.
Rohit Chandel, Director
Terrah Short, Assistant Director