Committees at HNMUN-LA 2019

Background Guides are Live

Background guides for all committees at HNMUN-LA 2019 have now been posted! Delegates may access background guides on the organ tabs underneath their relevant committee. The background guides are password protected, and delegations will not receive the password until all registration procedures and payments have been completed. Our directors have dedicated a lot of time to perfecting these background guides in the interest of properly preparing all delegations for conference. We hope you enjoy reading them!

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.

  • General Assembly

    • *^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

  • Specialized Agencies

    • *United Nations Security Council, 1985 (UNSC): Salvadoran Civil War

    • Cabinet of Raúl Alfonsín, 1983

    • Third Party Actors

*Double Delegate

^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

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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.

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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.

Position Papers

Position Papers are due January 5th, 2019!

Position Papers

Each delegate must turn in a position paper before the start of conference. The purpose of the a position paper is to give each delegate the chance to summarize their understanding of the issue at hand, to delineate a nation’s stance on the issue, and to propose possible solutions that could be debated in committee.

When writing your position papers, there is a simple format that you should stick to; it will make it easier for you to write and for me to read. The first paragraph of your position paper should describe what you feel are the most pressing and pertinent aspects of the issue, as well as some facts that you could use in debate or to support a point. The second paragraph should be used to describe what your nation will be arguing in committee, why the aspects you described in the previous paragraph are so important to your country, and what unique aspects of your nation relate to the issue at hand. Finally, your third and last paragraphs should contain your ideas for possible solutions as well as courses of action that you believe should be included in a resolution. 

When writing, make sure you use the third person; instead of saying “I believe” or “we believe”, instead say, “the delegation of Nation X believes” or something similar. 

Each delegate is required to submit one position paper. The position paper should be written in Times New Roman 12-point font, single-spaced, and approximately one page in length. Your position paper should be emailed to committees@hnmunla.org by January 5th, 2019.