MUN 2014 Committees

Submit Position Papers (due January 27th, 2014). 
Submit Resolution Papers (due February 3rd, 2014). 


*Note: Resolutions should not exceed one page in length with a maximum of 5 operative clauses.
 

Security Council

The United Nations Security Council is one of the most important bodies and the most powerful council within the United Nations and deals with all matters relating to national security and sovereignty. The Security Council (SC) consists of fifteen nations; five of these nations (Russia, Great Britain, The United States, China and France) permanently hold a seat in the Security Council. The other ten seats are taken by Argentina, Azerbaijan, Australia, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Morocco, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Rwanda and Togo who hold a seat in the SC on a rotational schedule that lasts for two years after selection to the council and a new member is selected to replace the departing member. Even with such a high turn over rate, at least 70 nations have not been able to serve on the Security Council. The United Nations Security Council is the only body capable of making binding Resolutions within the United Nations, the power to levy sanctions, embargoes and all other punitive actions come from this ability to hold a country to a resolution or agreement.  

When writing Resolutions for the MUN Security Council please keep them to one page in length with no more than 5 operative clauses. The following are links provided to give you more information on the United Nations Security Council. Remember to use credible websites and publications when collecting your information and be able to identify and adapt accordingly to the proper biases of the nation you are representing in regards to that information.

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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the seventeen specialized autonomous agencies of the United Nations.  WIPO was established in 1967 as a self-funding organization that promotes the development and protection of patented, trademarkkd, and copyrighted materials, also known as intellectual property, throughout the world.

When writing Resolutions for WIPO, please keep them to one page in length with no more than 5 operative clauses.  The WIPO Committee is requesting Resolutions that emphasize the effects, both positive and negative, that emerging technologies will have on Intellectual Properties (IP) in the INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.  Resolultions should include funding for the manufacture of current patented or patent-pending technology, protecting  international patents and copyrights against piracy and other illegal activities under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and settling disputes over the ownership of current patent or patent-pending intellectual property.

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s main goal is to ensure adequate supply of food with high nutritional value to promote healthy living, eliminate rural poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.  It is funded partly through volunteer donations and contributions made by member nations. FAO institutes projects that help create more inclusive agricultural systems that are more sustainable.  This focus includes forestry, fisheries, and farming.  Thematically, the FAO works from a global perspective, bearing in mind their main goals, finance and investment, food loss and waste reduction, and risk prevention and early warning. 

 

When writing Resolutions for the MUN Food and Agriculture Organization, please keep them to one page in length with no more than 5 operative clauses. The ethics of food, how it is being produced, and whether or not it is sustainable is a subject easily relatable for all.   The MUN FAO is looking forward to seeing resolution relating to any and all ethical issues regarding the technology of agriculture, consumption, sustainability and nutrition.  Particularly, the ethics of emerging technologies pertaining to nutrition supplementation and crop, forestry, and fishery resilience from natural disasters. 

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International Atomic and Energy Agency (IAEA)

The International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA in short, was originally established as "Atoms for Peace" in 1957 with the goal of furthering the use of atomic energy for greater peace, health, and prosperity throughout the world.  The IAEA is an independent intergovernmental, science and technology-based organization, in the United Nations family, that serves as the global focal point for nuclear cooperation.  Duties of the IAEA include assisting member states in the peaceful development of nuclear programs for scientific and technical goals, such as the generation of electricity, developing nuclear safety standards that protect the environment and human life, conducting regular inspections to ensure that member states are not applying their nuclear programs towards military purposes, and reporting on its activities to the General Assembly of the United Nations and to the Security Council when appropriate. 

Hello, my name is Michael Mason, I will serve as the member of the secretariat responsible for impartially moderating the debates within the IAEA this year and I will be selecting the order in which your resolutions will be heard.  As the upcoming 2014 session of the Alaska Model United Nations fast approaches we find ourselves in several geopolitical situations that will likely impact the deliberations of this body.  I urge all of you to know where you should stand on the issues as delegates of your individual nation states and to let your voices be heard.  I welcome all submissions of resolutions, keep in mind that when it comes to operative clauses that less is more and only resolutions which are properly formatted will be considered.  The topics most likely to be seen first include those concerning global stability such as the developing situation in Iran, the safety of nuclear power generation in coastal areas within a rapidly changing climate, and the dangers of an aging nuclear infrastructure throughout Europe and the United States.  Our Committee will report directly to the Security Council on matter over which they have authority, the resolutions we pass will be heard and voted on by the General Assembly; this is your opportunity to have your say on matters that will directly impact humanity's future, please take this obligations seriously and have a good time.

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Committee on Traditional Medicines (CTM)

Traditional Medicine is known as any system of health care that ha cultural roots or ancient bonds.  According to the World Health Organization, it can be defined as "the health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal, and mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose, and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being."  Traditional medicine is important to both developing and developed nations.  According to a recent study conducted by the World Health Organization, over 80% of Africa uses traditional medicine, and 70% of Canada uses these types of treatments.  Traditional medicine has been of increasing concern to the United Nations due to its high usage throughout the globe, the ethical concerns, and its availability.  Because traditional medicine possesses cultural significance, it is important to ensure that access to this type of medicine is possible.  With emerging technologies such as infrared cameras, stem cell treatment, and other highly sophisticated bio-medical innovations, the legitimacy and adequacy of traditional medical technologies and analyze its affects both positively and negatively in comparison to traditional medicine. 

When writing Resolutions for the MUN Traditional Medicine Committee, please keep them to one page in length with no more than five operative clauses.  Keep a strong focus on the ethics of emerging technology in the medical field and its relation to traditional medicine practices.  Access to traditional medicine, policy regulation, and safety within the intermingling of traditional and conventional treatments will all be important.

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