GEMUN 2014 Topics

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      The committees listed below are being represented in the 25th Session of GEMUN, May, 2014. Each section on this page has a collection of links for the respective committee, which we are always in process of updating.

      If you find a link that is expired, or a good one that needs to be added, please send an email to GEMUN's staff.

NOTE: These issues are real-world issues and some students may have trouble understanding some of the content. Please make sure parents are aware of the topics to be covered in each committee.

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      "As we prepare to begin work on the post-2015 development agenda, the international community is embarking on a process with the potential for global transformation. We are working towards a framework that will address pressing global problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss, conflicts, population demographics, inequality and job insecurity.

      "This new agenda must not only tackle the unfinished business of the MDGs, it must go further -- leading to a great overhaul in how we approach the planet and its people. On many levels, for many people, the new agenda's composition will be a matter of survival."
--President of the 68th General Assembly, John Ashe

GEMUN's topics and committees focus on the UN's Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 Development Agenda.

Other important MDG & post 2015 links:
Change the World in Eight Steps
Report of the Secretary-General: "A life of dignity for all"
"A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"
UNDP: Post-2015 Development Agenda
United Nations Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
MY World: The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World
A Million Voices: The World We Want
MDG Monitor: Tracking the Millennium Development Goals
Millennium Project
A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals
MDG Indicators
UN Foundation -- Millennium Development Goals
UNDP -- Millennium Development Goals
World Bank -- Millennium Development Goals
CyberSchoolBus -- Millennium Development Goals
NetAid -- Millennium Development Goals


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The following Committees will be role-played at GEMUN '14:

Please note that the order of precedence of the topics is not indicated by the order in which they are listed. All topics are equally deserving of the attention of the committees. It makes the debate MUCH more interesting if all topics are covered. There have been times where half or most of the resolutions submitted are on the same topic, and after one or two of these resolutions are debated, the others receive little interest from the committee. Try to make your resolution an interesting and creative solution.

General Assembly (Topics in GA: Elimination of racial discrimination, Abolition of the death penalty, Fate of Gaza Strip, Establishing green infrastructure in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Mitigating conflict over natural resources, Promotion of new and renewable sources of energy, Protection of global climate, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Open agenda)

Security Council (SC Topics: Territorial disputes, Resolving the crisis in Syria, Preventing conflict over natural resources in a changing climate, Nuclear non-proliferation, Peace and security in Africa and Middle East, Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), The question of Palestine, and Open agenda -- all issues of security and international peace)

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC Topics: Economic effects of climate change, Promoting the use of science and technology for sustainable development, Strengthening emergency humanitarian assistance, Peacebuilding and post conflict recovery, Achieving sustainable development, Sustainable urbanization, and Open agenda)

Human Rights Council (HRC Topics: Eliminating child labour, Disabilities and human rights, Human rights and indigenous peoples, Universal primary education, Right to universal sanitation and fresh water, Poverty reduction and climate change, Climate change and human rights justice issue, and Open agenda)

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP Topics: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Biodiversity and conservation, Ecosystem management, Natural disasters and conflict, Protecting the world's oceans, Water and energy security, Environmental pollution, Combating deforestation, and Open agenda)

World Health Organization (WHO Topics: Climate change and human health, Infant nutrition, Infection control, Effects of air pollution on public health, Food safety, Adolescent health, and Open agenda)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF Topics: Children's rights in a changing climate, Global education to achieve sustainable development, HIV/AIDs and children, Combating child hunger and malnutrition, Child trafficking, Child protection, and Open agenda)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW Topics: Violence against women and girls, Women in war torn nations, Equal responsibilities of men and women in relation to HIV /AIDS, Population growth and climate change, Feminization of poverty, Early childhood education, Women and climate action, and Open agenda)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO Topics: Food and water security and climate change, Climate change impacts on food safety, Sustainable farm management, Climate change and fishery and aquaculture, Forest management, Food safety and GMOs, and Open agenda)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Topics: Poverty reduction through microfinancing, Climate change adaptation in agriculture, Preventing water pollution, Increasing energy access for the impoverished, Renewable energy, Access to information and e-governance, Increasing civic engagement, and Open agenda)

Country Information/News/Miscellaneous

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General Assembly (GA)

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Security Council (SC)

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Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

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Human Rights Council (HRC)

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United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

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World Health Organization (WHO)


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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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