Committees

#SAIMUN20 Committees




The following committees will be simulated at SAIMUN 2020.

United Nations Security Council (UNSC)


Under the Charter, 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, 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 settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security. For SAIMUN it will be simulated with 2 delegates per country.

UNSC AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda: ARMED CONFLICT AS A THREAT INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY



UN WOMEN


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 UN member states as the set their global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefits women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life.



UN WOMEN AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda: THE YOUTH’S ROLE IN FACILITATING GENDER EQUALITY AND INCLUSION GLOBALLY.




Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)


The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations; the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments. It is the only Main Committee of the General Assembly entitled to verbatim records coverage.

DISEC AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda: PROMOTION OF AN ARMS FREE SOCIETY AND THE FIGHT AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING IN FUNDING PRODUCTION OF ILLEGAL ARMS



Social, Cultural and Humanitarian (SOCHUM)


This is the Third Committee of the General Assembly, and is chaired by H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale of Morocco. 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. As in previous sessions, an important part of the work of the Committee will focus on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council which was established in 2006.
The Committee also discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.

SOCHUM AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda: A PERSON CENTERED APPROACH TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS



United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


The UN network for the discussion of ideas surrounding development is the United Nations Development Programme. Through focusing on encouraging cooperation in fields including poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, social development, and crisis recovery; the UNDP has brought governments together to enact policies that enhance global levels of human development as a whole. Given that the Administrator of the UNDP is the third highest ranking official in the United Nations after the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General, the work of the United Nations Development Programme is always central to the programme of work of the UN more widely. UNDP supports countries in their efforts to successfully address diverse development challenges, framed around three broad settings which require different forms of support.

UNDP AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda: THE THREAT POSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE TO HUMAN EXISTENCE



United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)


The United Nations Environmental Program is an organization that convenes, facilitates, and provides scientific assessments, analyses, and projects in order to stimulate international policy responses. It partners with and leads major programs such as REDD+ and the GEF. The UNEP is the lead body on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity, environmental governance, harmful substances, and resource efficiency. Perhaps most notably, the UNEP has assisted in creating guidelines and treaties on issues such as the trade of harmful chemicals, transboundary air pollution, and contamination of international waterways.


UNEP AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda: MAKING THE WORLD A ‘GRETA’ PLACE; THE ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE (LEARNING FROM GRETA THUNBERG).



UN HABITAT


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is the United Nations programme for human settlements and sustainable urban development. It was established in 1978 as an outcome of the First UN Conference on Human Settlements and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat I) held in Vancouver, Canada, in 1976. UN-Habitat maintains its headquarters at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya. It is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group. The mandate of UN-Habitat derives from the Habitat Agenda, adopted by the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996. The twin goals of the Habitat Agenda are adequate shelter for all and the development of sustainable human settlements in an urbanizing world.

UN HABITAT AGENDA ITEMS

Agenda: SECURING A BETTER LIFE FOR THE YOUTH THROUGH SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION.

Awards

SAIMUN delegates who truly excel in their committees, who show a profound understanding of the topics under discussion, an appreciation of diplomacy, mediation and negotiation, and who are able to lead their co-participants to balanced resolutions of the problems at hand, are recognised for their efforts and skill with official awards.

Delegations Awards


Delegations as a whole are awarded as well when multitudes of their members demonstrate outstanding aptitudes. However, the award will be presented to the delegation whose members through their practices during the conference exhibited versatility, adaptiveness and awareness, and contributed to the final adoption of the resolution in an exemplary manner.


Best Delegate Award


The Best Delegate Award is attributed to the delegate that excelled through his/her performance during the conference, being well prepared, following the Rules of Procedure to the letter and spirit, working with his/her fellow delegates and the Board of his/her committee. There shall be one chosen from the high school students and another from the university students.


Best Position Paper


The Best Position Paper Award is attributed to the delegate that submitted a well-researched position paper.


Honorary Mention


An Honorary Mention is attributed to a delegate that showed great potential during his/her participation and contribution to the final adoption of the resolution. The Award is a Certificate. Up to three Honorary Mentions are attributed per committee.