Committees

Choosing the commission and country that you want to represent is an important part of preparation before you actually hit the road and come to the conference. But making the right choice might be a difficult task – especially if you are new to the world of MUNs. That’s why we prepared a short introduction that will help you to decide and enjoy the conference even more!

How to choose a country? Couple of rules to have in mind:

No doubt that the big powers, especially the permanent members of the Security Council, should be present in the debate. It can be lot of fun to represent them, but have in mind that these countries are usually involved in lot of complicated issues and it might take a longer time to do your research. There also tends to be more pressure put on you, you might be required to speak more often and expected to take a leading role in the debate. We recommend to choose them if you already have some MUN experiences, feel comfortable with being more active in the discussions and you are not afraid of confrontation.

The advantage of small countries is that you might not need to do so much research and there is definitely less pressure – unless you really want to play an active role. If this is your first MUN and you want to enjoy it without being thrown into middle of the storm, it’s a great idea to take a smaller country! On the other hand, be aware that too many small, observing states mean less vivid debate and fewer topics for discussion.

But whether you decide to represent the US or Micronesia, the most important thing is to come prepared: do your research, write a position paper and make clear to yourself what position you want to advocate for. MuniMUN team and your chairs will provide you with enough material on the topic and we are happy to answer all your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Our committees:

UN Security Council– One of the most important UN bodies responsible for the maintenance of global peace and security. Among its tasks is to determine the existence of a threat to the international peace, to call upon arguing parties to settle their dispute by peaceful means, and to impose sanctions or authorise the use of force in case of serious aggression. You can learn more about the Security Council here: https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/

Topics for MuniMUN 2019:

  • Political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela
  • Political situation in Libya

The political and security situation in both regions is alarming and opens variety of questions for the global community. We will need the presence of big world powers – the permanent members of the Security Council, as well as countries like Germany or Japan that might help to solve the issue. Equally important are the central actors of both crises, Venezuela and Libya, as well as neighbouring countries in the Latin American and North African region.

UN Economic and Social Council– Founded in 1945, this UN body is responsible for the advocation of sustainable economic, social and environmental development. It encourages debates, supports innovative thinking and helps the global community to achieve big goals. You can learn more about it here: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/.

Topics for MuniMUN 2019:

  • 2019 as the year of indigenous languages. What can we do to preserve them?
  • Ghost nations as the result of global warming

We will surely need the big global powers, many of whom are the world’s major polluters, as well as countries with their own indigenous language minorities. The topic of indigenous languages is especially burning in the South American region, but also in Russia or China, while Canada or Northern Europe represent a good example of how to preserve them.

The countries the most affected by the rising sea levels can be found in South Asia and the region of Indian Ocean, Maldives or various islands in Oceania and Polynesia. You might also want to represent one of the world’s biggest polluters, and approach the issue from a different perspective.

Crisis Committee– This UN simulation is a very special one. While the other commissions know their topics beforehand, Crisis group literally steps in the dark, and you will have to face various global crises and challenges as you go along. You will find a nice introduction here: https://bestdelegate.com/how-to-survive-your-first-crisis-committee/

Crisis Committee definitely needs the “big 5” – the five permanent members of the Security Council. Those are usually the countries that experience the most pressure, but also keep things moving (see our introduction above). However, the most interesting countries are usually those that have conflict relations with their neighbours at this very moment – and Crisis Committee scenario allows them to escalate it. Being a diplomat from Middle East, Africa, Ukraine or even North Korea might be very adrenalin, and certainly unforgettable experience!