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Committees

 

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.

 

United Nations Environment Programme

This new, optional, committee will run like the other "main" committees; high schools submit resolutions before the start of the conference, and the agenda is set by a straw poll vote. Established in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is one of the United Nation's leading environmental authorities. In this special committee, delegates work together to come up with bold and adaptable solutions to protect the environment. Specifically, there are six areas of concentration that UNEP will challenge its delegates to consider: climate change, post-conflict and environmental damage management, ecosystem management, environmental governance, hazardous waste handling, and sustainable consumption and production of goods and resources. 

 

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.

Political and Security Committee

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.

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 debating 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.

Special Committee: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

In this committee, delegates will have a better understanding of the importance of regional cooperation. Established by ECOSOC as one of the five regional commissions in the United Nations, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is tasked with coordinating efforts toward the overall economic growth of countries in this region, along with ensuring global market competitiveness. Potential topics could include the current crises regarding Venezuela, trade between and from nations in this region, encouragement of economic development from global investors, social ramifications toward slash-and-burn techniques in the Amazon, and the like. 

 

 

Last Updated: 9/19/19