COMMITTEES AND TOPICS

Position Paper Information

Resources for position papers can be found in Delegate Resources

The deadline for all position papers will be: February 24, 2018 at Midnight.

General Assembly, Second Committee (GA2)

ga@wasmun.org

Difficulty: Beginner

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.

COMMITTEE STAFF

Mardav Jain, Director

Haley Rogers, Assistant Director

Amira Ramiz, Chair

TOPICS

I: Women in Development

II: Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development

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Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP)

cop@wasmun.org

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).

COMMITTEE STAFF

Lizzy Staal, Director

TBD, Assistant Director

Megan Eu, Chair

TOPICS

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

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Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

fao@wasmun.org

Difficulty: Intermediate

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.

COMMITTEE STAFF

Jon Schaeffer, Director

Andy Heidke, Assistant Director

TBD, Chair

TOPICS

I: Ensuring Food Security Despite the Increasing Frequency of Extreme Weather Events

II: Preserving Oceanic Life for Sustainable Fisheries

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Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)

cstd@wasmun.org

Difficulty: Intermediate

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.

COMMITTEE STAFF

EJ Velasco, Director

Alex McKennon, Assistant Director

Arica Schuett, Chair

TOPICS

I: The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Ensuring Food Security by 2030

II: Smart Cities and Infrastructure

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UN Women (UN-W)

unwomen@wasmun.org

Difficulty: Intermediate

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.

COMMITTEE STAFF

Gillian Lait, Director

Jiani Wang, Assistant Director

Sabrina Suen, Chair

TOPICS

I: Prevention and Elimination of Gender-Based Violence in Southern Africa

II: Promoting the Involvement of Women and Youth in Government

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International Court of Justice (ICJ)

icj@wasmun.org

Difficulty: Experienced

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.

COMMITTEE STAFF

Alex Wirth, Director

Cassie Lynch, Assistant Director

TOPICS

I: Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan)

II: Certain Iranian Assets (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America)

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Security Council (SC)

sc@wasmun.org

Difficulty: Experienced

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.

COMMITTEE STAFF

Rohit Chandel, Director

Andrey Dyadin, Assistant Director

TOPICS

I: Humanitarian Exemptions in Sanctioned Regimes

II: The Situation in Somalia

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