Committees at HNMUN-LA 2019
Substantive Excellence | Global Vision
Committees at HNMUN-LA consist of a carefully curated set of units that form an integrated whole. The delegate experience is the central concern around which the staff crafts each of the committees, paying close attention to the temporal, geographic, and formal diversity within the organ. This is to ensure that we stay true to our philosophy that Model UN should be an educational endeavor for everyone involved. We hope that HNMUN-LA encourages participants not only to learn something about the countries and positions they represent, but also, perhaps, to discover something about themselves and grow from their discoveries. Ultimately, our goal is to provide delegates with a selection of equally engaging, rewarding, and all the more memorable committee experiences. We sincerely hope that we offer an exciting committee for each and every delegate, who bring the passion and enthusiasm that ultimately gives the conference meaning.
University Delegates and High School Delegates
Both university and high school delegates will find a home at HNMUN-LA this coming year. We are excited to be implementing committees for both audiences this session in order to further the inclusion of both audiences into the conference and cement their substantive and social experience at the conference.
List of Committees
This year, HNMUN-LA will be offering two General Assemblies, four Economic and Social Councils/Regional Bodies, and three Specialized Agencies. Committees are single delegate and university only unless further noted.
- *^Disarmament and International Security: Counterterrorism & State Capacity Building
- *Legal: Reform of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Economic and Social Councils / Regional Bodies
- Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND): Online Drug Trafficking
- Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): Global Poverty and Its Effects on Women
- Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO): Protegiendo la Libertad de Expresión y la Independencia de los Medios de Comunicación
- ^Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA): La Crisis Venezolana
- *United Nations Security Council, 1985 (UNSC): Salvadoran Civil War
- Cabinet of Raúl Alfonsín, 1983
- Third Party Actors
^High School only
The General Assembly
The General Assembly was the first body of the United Nations, and remains the body that is most emblematic of what the United Nations stands for. Comprised of the entirety of the membership of the United Nations, the General Assembly is the largest international collective to debate matters of global significance.
The backbone of the UN, the General Assembly has six iterations. All of its iterations convene in alternation to discuss the most pressing questions under their specific scope of debate, from questions of international security and disarmament in GA1, to legal disputes of international proportions in GA6. Through resolutions, members vote to advise countries and international bodies on how to address these given conflict or imminent troubles.
Integral to the UN, the General Assembly is where delegates are expected to most adhere to the respectful and peaceful standards mandated by the spirit of diplomacy. Discussions are strictly moderated in favor of being able to hear as many voices as possible, the vote always depends on a simply majority, and resolutions do not represent dicta, but are rather policy suggestions created by a collective effort.
Economic and Social Councils and Regional Bodies
The Economic and Social Councils and Regional Bodies ask for nothing less than an assembly of the most dedicated delegates to issues of long-term regional and global importance. In the model of the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Councils debate solutions to critical questions and produce policy suggestions in the form of resolutions. However, composed of a smaller number of representatives, the Economic and Social Councils generate more of an intimate environment, allowing for delegates to access the nuances of their topics. In these policy-orientated committees of long-term vision, delegates may encounter a variety of topics of debate, ranging from international standards for space exploration counter-pollution, to urban development and planning, to environmental conservation, and beyond.
Similarly, Regional Bodies will present delegates with the opportunity to discuss issues specific to the political and territorial agenda of the committee. Beyond geographic boundaries, Regional Bodies consist of intentional groupings of countries that are politically and economically connected to one another, and the questions brought up before the assemblies will often affect each of them either directly or through chain reaction. As a result, Regional Bodies will be most attractive to those who are able to empathize, concentrate on questions of many dimensions, and to work towards mutually desired solutions.
The Specialized Agencies
The smallest of the substantive organs at HNMUN-LA, the Specialised Agencies are where the most immersive, most intense experiences unfold. Delegates who choose to participate in this sort of committee will work in a small group of around 20 to 30, dealing with real-time crises that are thrown their way by the staff. The skill set involved in debating in successfully in the Specialised Agencies is slightly different to that required by the General Assemblies and the ECOSOCs.
The “crisis” component involved in the Specialised Agencies incorporates a tacit game of strategy to the debate. Delegates in crisis committees have access to the crisis room, where crisis staffers read their notes, through which the delegates communicate personal directives. Being able to execute individual plans outside of the committee room enriches the delegate experience, as the mandate of a position in a Specialised Agency involves flexibility and a flair for the dramatic. Personal motives are at the forefront of the strategic edifice of these committees, seeing as the positions in most consist of individuals, as opposed to countries.
Adrenaline peaks in these small committees, and for those who relish in rollercoasters and high-pressure situations, there is likely no better place than the Specialised Agencies.