GEMUN 2016 Topics


      The committees listed below are being represented in the 27th Session of GEMUN, May, 2016. 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.


Main Resource page
United Nations home page


Some SDG & post 2015 links:

United Nations Development Programme - UNDP has published a great overview booklet on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals!
Download this educational tool at

-- On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years.
End extreme poverty.
Fight inequality & injustice.
Fix climate change.
The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done.
In all countries. For all people.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including -- Project Everyone, the World's largest lesson
Global Poverty Project
UNIDO | United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Topics: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform -- Topics
Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals
The World We Want - A Future For All A child-friendly version of the
Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals | All you need to know | The Guardian
Sustainable Development Goals: Changing the World in 17 Steps - interactive | Global Development | The Guardian

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform -- A hub for ideas, debate and resources on
what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
"A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"
International Institute for Sustainable Development
UN and Climate Change
UN Climate Change Newsroom
Sustainable Energy for All Forum
UNDP: Post-2015 Development Agenda
MY World: The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World
A Million Voices: The World We Want
UN Foundation -- What we do -- Post 2015 Development Agenda
UNDP -- Post-2015 Development Goals
World Bank -- Millennium Development Goals
IPS -- Inter Press Service News Agency
DEVEX -- International Development News
Sustainable Business | The Guardian
NetAid -- Millennium Development Goals
A World of Problems: the United Nations at 70 | The Guardian


The following Committees will be role-played at GEMUN '16:

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: Environmental Governance; The Question of Palestine; Assisting Refugees; UN Reform; Gender Equality; HIV/AIDS Education; Abolition of the Death Penalty; Open Agenda)

Security Council (SC Topics: South Sudan; South China Sea; Preventing arms trafficking; Nuclear non proliferation; Terrorism; Use of Drones; Yemen Conflict; Open agenda -- all issues of security and international peace)

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC Topics: Reducing Inequality; Microlending; Improving literacy in impoverished areas; Promoting sustainable economic growth; Improving infrastructure; Reducing hunger in impoverished areas; Global funding of humanitarian assistance; Open Agenda)

Human Rights Council (HRC Topics: Slavery and Trafficking; Human rights and climate change; Women, children and youth; Access to education and healthcare; Access to clean water and sanitation; Human Rights, Refugees and Migrants; Open Agenda)

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP Topics: Ocean Sustainability and Protection; Forest Regulation and Management; Urgent action to combat climate change; Expanding renewable energy in developing and developed countries; Resource Efficiency; Eliminating Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste; Sustainable Development in the Arctic; Open Agenda)

World Health Organization (WHO Topics: Mental Disorders; Obesity; Health Care Waste; Infection Control; Health Education in Underdeveloped Nations; Health of Children and Minors; Environmental Health; Open Agenda)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF Topics: Child Homelessness due to Conflict; Child Trafficking; Climate Change and Children; Children's Rights to Education; Improving Child Survival and Development; Aiding Children with HIV and AIDS; Preventing Child Labor; Open Agenda)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO Topics: Use of Genetically Modified Organisms; Child Labor in Agriculture; World Hunger and Right to Food; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Food and Water Security; Food Safety; Environmental Problems Caused by Agriculture; Open Agenda)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW Topics: Population Growth and Climate Change; Prevention of Crime and Brutality Against Women and Girls; Decreasing Chronic and/or Fatal Illness in Women Through Health Care Innovation; Increasing Female Empowerment, Involvement, and Leadership; Aiding the Plight of Single Mothers and Widows; Promoting the Rights of Female Students to Education; Women as Catalysts for Sustainable Development; Open Agenda)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA Topics: Nuclear Weapon Disarmament; Nuclear Safeguards; Radioactive Waste Management; Cancer Care and Control; Human Health and Nutrition; Strengthening Safety at Nuclear Facilities; Water Resources and Marine Environment; Open Agenda)

Country Information/News/Miscellaneous


General Assembly (GA)


Security Council (SC)


Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)


Human Rights Council (HRC)


United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)


World Health Organization (WHO)


United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)


Country Info/News/Miscellaneous

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