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General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) of the Winthrop Model UN runs very much like the General Assembly of the United Nations, which is comprised of 192 Member States. The GA is the main body that debates policies and discusses issues that affect all Member States. Winthrop's GA will consist of all states listed on the Country Preference Form that have a college delegate, with the exception of single delegate coutnries of the Special Committee - Qatar, Yemen and Algeria.

Legal Committee

The Legal Committee at Winthrop's Model UN Conference runs much like the General Assembly. There will be set resolutions, written by high school delegates, to discuss and a straw poll vote will decide which one to talk about first. Each resolution will be discussed until it is voted on or tabled. In the United Nations, the Legal Committee, known as the "Sixth Committee" or GA-6, focuses on aspects of the law at the international level, international terrorism, the administration of justice, and the protection of peacekeepers and diplomats abroad.

Also, please see previous Legal Committee Resolutions (pdf - 55 KB).

This year's Legal Committee Resolutions can be found here. (pdf - 162 KB).

Political and Security Committeedf

Winthrop MUN's "PolSec," is modeled after a combination of the United Nations' General Assembly First and Fourth Committees. These committees deal with subjects pertaining to decolonization, peacekeeping troops, nuclear weapons, disarmament, and matters of war. This committee is essential in keeping international peace and security.

Also, please see previous Political and Security Committee Resolutions (pdf - 90 KB).

This year's Political and Security Resolutions can be found here. (pdf - 77 KB).

Security Council

Often considered the strong hand of the UN, the Security Council consists of 15 Member States, five of which are Permanent Members and 10 non-permanent members who serve two-year terms on the Council. Each Council member has one vote; but if a Permanent Member (China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US) votes "no," they invoke the "power of veto." "Veto power" is given only to the Permanent Members (P-5) and just one can strike down any resolution to be passed, even if all other Council Members vote "yes."

The Security Council at Winthrop actually writes resolutions, rather than debates pre-written resolutions. This body is given the duty to determine threats against and maintain the peace, recommend action, use military force against aggressors; the Security Council ("SecCo") is the only UN body allowed to take punitive action against a Member State. More details about the workings of the Security Council are available on the Delegates page.

Social and Humanitarian Committee

Sometimes called "SocHum," the Social and Humanitarian Committee is the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. This body focuses on social problems, humanitarian aid, and human rights issues with help from the Human Rights Council. Issues under the realm of GA-3 are indigenous rights, elimination of racism and discrimination, rights of women, rights of children, refugees, and prisoners of war. A very useful resource for this committee would be the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Also, please see previous Social and Humanitarian Committee Resolutions (pdf - 52 KB).

This year's Social and Humanitarian Resolutions can be found here. (pdf - 81 KB).

Special Committee

 

This year’s Special Committee will be the Arab League. This is an organization of independent states consisting of mostly Arabic speaking people. Founded in Cairo, Egypt in 1945 the main purpose of the League of Arab States is to strengthen alliances between its member states as well as to coordinate common political, social and economic interests through policy. The Arab League uses institutions including the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) and the Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU) to further promote these interests. The Arab League does not officially have a standing military force like the EU, however, the member states have agreed to use a joint defense and military force for recent peacekeeping purposes within the Middle East and Africa. The committee will run similarly to the Security Council where there is an open agenda and delegates represent their respective heads of state. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Refugee Crisis
• Syrian Civil War
• Economic issues including falling oil prices
• Israel-Palestine conflict
• ISIS and terrorism within the Middle East and North Africa

Please see this year's Special Committee Rules of Procedure (pdf - 10 KB).

 

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