GEMUN 2015 Topics

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      The committees listed below are being represented in the 26th Session of GEMUN, May, 2015. 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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      The efforts of the United Nations to accelerate its work towards the MDGs will enter the home stretch this year, and discussions among Member States on the period beyond 2015 will move towards what is hoped will be an inspiring yet practical vision and a concise set of sustainable development goals.
      And on the grave overarching challenge of climate change, the climate summit on September 23rd and conference of parties in Lima in December, 2014 will be key moments to mobilize solutions on the ground and ambition for a new global agreement at the end of next year.
-- Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon

      The world urgently needs to address the sustainable development challenges of ending poverty, increasing social inclusion, and sustaining the planet, which must be underpinned by good public and private governance.
      The GEMUN 2015 topics and committees will focus on the UN's post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.



Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
Building a Sustainable Future Requires Leadership from State and Citizen

Other important SDG & post 2015 links:

Change the World in Eight Steps, uses posters and activities to introduce children to the Millennium Development Goals.
Post2015.org -- 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
United Nations MDGs and Beyond 2015
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
MDG Monitor: Tracking the Millennium Development Goals
UN Foundation -- What we do -- Post 2015 Development Agenda
UNDP -- Millennium Development Goals
World Bank -- Millennium Development Goals
IPS -- Inter Press Service News Agency
DEVEX -- International Development News
CyberSchoolBus -- Millennium Development Goals
NetAid -- Millennium Development Goals


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The following Committees will be role-played at GEMUN '15:

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: Disaster Reduction; Environmental Governance; Strengthening the United Nations, including Security Council reform; Question of Palestine; Land, Natural Resources and Conflict Prevention; Assisting Refugees Worldwide; Deep Decarbonization Pathways; and Open agenda)

Security Council (SC Topics: Terrorism; Nuclear Non-Proliferation; Effects of Climate Change on Global Security; Natural Resources Management in Post-Conflict Countries; Syrian Conflict; Conflict Between Russia and Ukraine; Conflict in Africa; and Open agenda -- all issues of security and international peace)

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC Topics: Freshwater and Related Issues; Peacebuilding and Post Conflict Recovery; Financing for development; Poverty Eradication; Sustainable Urbanization; Science and technology innovation; Sustainable Energy; and Open agenda)

Human Rights Council (HRC Topics: Human Rights Violations in the Syrian Conflict; Climate Change and Human Rights; Racism and Extremism; Human Right to Live (Adverse to the Death Penalty); Primary Education and Healthcare; Right to universal Sanitation and Water; Root causes of Modern-day Slavery; and Open agenda)

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP Topics: Sustainable Resource Management; Climate & Clean Air; Sustainability of the Oceans; Ecosystem Management; Effect on the Environment of Increased Consumption of Animal Products; Transforming Forest Management and Utilization; Chemicals & Waste; and Open agenda)

World Health Organization (WHO Topics: Mental Health; Environmental Health; Effects of Pollution on Public Health; Health Care Availability during Natural Disasters; Infection Prevention; Climate Change and Human Health; Health Education in Underdeveloped Nations; and Open agenda)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF Topics: Migration effects on children; Education for Sustainable Development; Children and Sustainable Development Goals; Children and Armed Conflict; Children with Disabilities; Early Childhood Education; Combating Child Hunger and Malnutrition; and Open agenda)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW Topics: Population Growth and Climate Change; Gender Equality in Education; Women and climate action; Women in Power and Decision-making; Improving maternal health; Underage arranged marriage of girls; Safety for Women; and Open agenda)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO Topics: Food Security and climate change; Climate change impacts on food safety; Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; Conservation Agriculture; Food and nutrition in schools; Sustainable Forest Management; Food Safety and GMOs; and Open agenda)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA Topics: Nuclear Safeguards; Radiotherapy Advancement; Nuclear Weapon Disarmament; Nuclear Energy Research; Radioactive Waste Disposal; Mitigating climate change with nuclear power; Nuclear Science for Food Security; 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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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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Country Info/News/Miscellaneous


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