Committees

United Nations General Assembly

The general assembly houses The John’s MUN’s largest and most international committees. The United Nations General Assembly is one of the UN’s six main organs, acting as the organization’s main deliberative, policymaking, and representative organ. They address challenges that impact all countries, large and small, developing and developed accordingly.

Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)

The Disarmament and International Security Committee is the First Committee under the General Assembly, dealing with issues pertaining to disarmament, armament regulation and international peace and security. DISEC serves as a platform for discussion, negotiation and advocacy, especially with regards to establishing principles for disarmament. The main goal of DISEC is to protect, maintain and strengthen international peace and security from various threats, originating from both state actors and non-state actors. 

Agenda: Finding solutions to prevent ISWAP’s expansion in West Africa

Chair: Akshit Pathania 

Vice Chair: Riya Gadhwal 

Rapporteur: Natasha Passi

Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM)

The United Nations General Assembly Third Committee is also known as the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM). The committee is allocated agenda items relating to a range of social and humanitarian affairs as well as human rights issues that affect people all across the world. Consequently, SOCHUM deals with a variety of issues such as questions relating to  empowerment  of women,  protection of children,  protection of the indigenous populations, issues such as racism and discrimination, as well as the right to self-determination.

Agenda: Combatting manifestations of prejudice against immigrants and refugees

Chair: Shayar Majumdar 

Co chair: Sujith Nair

Vice-chair: Bhavika Dabur

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

The United Nations Human Rights Council is a body of the United Nations principally concerned with ensuring the continued promotion and protection of human rights around the world. As such, the UNHRC is often concerned with a great variety of topics across very different areas of the world. Recent topics of discussion include the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the Saudi Arabian intervention in the Yemeni civil war, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Agenda:Deliberating upon the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia

Chair: Vinayak Pundir 

Vice Chair: Nitya Arora 

Rapporteur: Tejas Sareen

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of the future generations.

Agendum: Impact of cryptocurrency mining on global climate change

United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC)

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is an annual conference held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The committee serves as the formal meeting of the UNFCCC Parties (also known as Conference of the Parties, COP) with an aim to assess progress in dealing with climate change, secure global net zero by mid century, keep 1.5 degrees within reach, protect communities and natural habitats, mobilize finance for climate conservation initiatives and work together to deliver these promises. Considering recent reports suggesting that climate change has only deteriorated with a handful of years left until disastrous consequences, the conference faces a level of precipitated crisis, thus it holds more value than its predecessors and must provide for quick and responsive measures.

Agenda: UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) with special emphasis on the ‘code red for humanity’ report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Chair: Ashima Jha 

Vice chair: Hrishita Sood 

Rapporteur: Gurnoor Singh

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established an international environmental treaty to combat “dangerous human interference with the climate system”, in part by stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere It was signed by 154 states at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), The treaty called for ongoing scientific research and regular meetings, negotiations, and future policy agreements designed to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.

Topic: Impact of cryptocurrency mining on global climate change and its visible repercussions in the form of wildfires.

Historic United Nation Security Council (Freeze date: June 25, 1950)

The United Nations Security Council  is tasked with addressing issues regarding conflicts that have already come to a close. Five member states of the UNSC (The USSR, the United Kingdom, France, the People’s Republic of China, and the United States) are permanent, as of June 25, 1950. Known collectively as the P-5, these nations have the power to veto any Security Council decision. The remaining states are non-permanent participants selected regionally who serve two-year terms. The purpose of this committee is to seek innovative and reflective solutions to historical events in an effort to better understand the world and prepare for similar occurrences that may come to pass at a future time.

Agenda:  Addressing the change in status quo created by North Korea’s invasion of the 38th Parallel

President : Pratik Saha 

Co- vice: Vaibhav Khanna 

Rapporteur: Ishpreet Singh

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization as part of an effort to serve three purposes: deterring Soviet expansionism, forbidding the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American presence on the continent, and encouraging European political integration. NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.

Agenda: Russia’s expansion in Eastern Europe with a focus on illegal annexation of Crimea

President: Rahul Menon 

Vice: Lovisha Jindal 

Rapporteur: Harshini Jain

Crisis Committee

A crisis committee is a decision making body that has more power than a traditional committee. Whilst most committees recommend and build consensus, focusing on creating and refining frameworks for all stakeholders to align their actions, the crisis committee produces action. This means that the body has power unto itself that does not need to be granted by the obedience of its members. Crisis is also more dynamic and fast-paced than traditional committees, so each delegate is incredibly influential.

Chair: Parth gilotra 

Co chair: Aishnit Yadav 

Rapporteur: Manya Arora

ALL INDIA POLITICAL PARTIES MEET (AIPPM)

The All India Political Parties Meet is a non conventional but dynamic committee in which leaders from political parties from all over the Indian subcontinent debate in the lower house of the parliament. It is a forum for unrestricted political debate, discussion and deliberation. It helps participants grasp the multi-layered processes that go behind policy making and Indian governance. India has been hailed globally for a successful democratic idea of freedom, the AIPPM is a symposium that allows and further strengthens it.

Agenda: Drafting a roadmap to strengthen the health infrastructure in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Moderator : Abhishek Bindal

Dep Moderator :Sahil Chopra

Rapporteur: Aadhya Batra

At The John’s Model United Nation Conference, students represent the perspectives of countries or, on some of our smaller committees, historical individuals, cities, publications, and other entities. Based on the committee placement, students will then discuss and try to resolve issues ranging from security to economics to education.

Below you can find the full list of committees that will be run at The John’s Model United Nation Conference. We look forward to welcoming you at the conference!

UNGA SOCHUM - United Nations General Assembly 3rd Committee

About the Committee – The General Assembly allocates to the Third Committee, agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world. The Committee also discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, and the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of discrimination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions. 

Agenda:

  1. Formulating a viable strategy for ending Statelessness 
  2. Solving the refugee crisis resulting from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

UNSC - United Nations Security Council

About the Committee: The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions. The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of a settlement.

Agenda:

  1. Classified 

HLPF - High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

About the Forum: The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. The Forum replaced the Commission on Sustainable Development on 24 September 2013 Meetings of the Forum are open to all Member States of the United Nations.

Agenda

  1. Accelerating the socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  2. Encouraging sustainable and equitable development in post-conflict regions.

ICJ - International Court of Justice

About the Committee: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, it is the only one not located in New York (United States of America). The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.

Agenda:

  1. Application of the convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide (Ukraine V. Russian Federation)

Lok Sabha - House of the People

About the Committee: Lok Sabha is composed of representatives of the people chosen by direct election on the basis of adult suffrage. The maximum strength of the House envisaged by the Constitution is 552, which is made up of an election of up to 530 members to represent the States, and up to 20 members to represent the Union Territories. The total elective membership is distributed among the States in such a way that the ratio between the number of seats allotted to each State and the population of the State is, so far as practicable, the same for all States.

 Agenda:

  1. Deliberation on the implementation of a Draft Uniform Civil Code
  2. Formulating a policy on the regulation of Psychotropic Drugs and Narcotics in India.

Truman’s Interim Committee - Crisis Committee

About the Committee: In early May 1945, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, with the approval of President Harry S. Truman, formed an Interim Committee of top officials charged with recommending the proper use of atomic weapons in wartime and developing a position for the United States on postwar atomic policy. As the Manhattan Project neared its first atomic test, there was a growing sentiment among project leaders that an advisory committee to make recommendations on nuclear energy should be created. This committee will be historical in nature, the delegates will be able to deliberate on the wider ramifications of nuclear war in the World War II Scenario.

Freeze Date – 5 August 1945

  1. Recommending the proper use of atomic weapons in wartime and developing a position for the United States on postwar atomic policy.

UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

About the Committee: UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports the UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and work with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. 

Agenda: 

  1. Ending violence against women in conflicted regions
  2. Increasing the participation of women in policymaking and governance


Note: This committee is devoted solely to beginners. Delegates who have no previous MUN experience but want to learn by participating should indicate this committee choice as a preference on the registration form.