General Assembly Department
General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)
As a primary organ of the United Nations, the General Assembly serves as the main deliberative, policymaking, and representative body of the organisation. The role of the First Committee is to foster high-level dialogue and negotiations to create solutions under its mandate of addressing questions relating to disarmament and international security. Utilising multilateral negotiations, discussion forums, and recommendations, the General Assembly First Committee holds a unique role as a norm setter within the UN system. As such, delegates simulating the committee will have the opportunity to work towards consensus and draft resolutions on critical issues concerning international peace and security.
Represented by: Eliah Blum-Minkel
Countering the Threat Posed by Improvised Explosive Devices
Reducing Nuclear Danger
General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial)
As the Economic and Financial committee of the General Assembly, the General Assembly Second Committee addresses topics of development and economic policy, including international trade, sustainable development, globalisation, and the eradication of poverty, among others. The Second Committee makes recommendations to the General Assembly Plenary, initiates international conferences, and requests reports to advance the topics on its agenda. The nature of the topics addressed by Second Committee makes it one of the most collaborative UN bodies; the committee adopts a majority of its draft resolutions by consensus and without a recorded vote
Represented by: Maximilian Hüls, Simon Shaw
The Convention on Biological Diversity and Its Contribution to Sustainable Development
Continued Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018–2027)
General Assembly Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)
The General Assembly Third Committee is one of the six Main Committees of the UN General Assembly and is formally referred to as the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Affairs Committee because of its role in establishing wholesome deliberation on such global issues. It is currently the world’s largest and most prominent forum for international human rights norm creation. The General Assembly Third Committee oversees global discussion amongst all its Member States through facilitation of substantive discussion forums, and the recommendation of draft resolutions to the General Assembly Plenary. In the General Assembly Third Committee, delegates will have the opportunity to address multifaceted global issues and tackle some of the international community’s most pressing human rights issues.
Represented by: Anton Fürniss, Anna Kühn
Ensuring Equitable and Inclusive Access to Education
The Right to Privacy in a Digital Age
Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)
As a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) is the main United Nations (UN) body in charge of the international drug control framework. The CND’s main tasks include monitoring and assessing the world drug problem, implementing international drug strategy, and adopting measures for supply reduction and alternative development. The body works to find holistic global solutions for the challenges that drug use and trafficking present to the international community.
Represented by: Constantin Loy, Jonas Ruttert
The Emerging Challenges of Synthetic Drug Trafficking
Incorporating a Human Rights Focus into International Drug Policies
Economic and Social Council Plenary (ECOSOC)
As a principal organ of the UN, ECOSOC coordinates the activities of 14 specialised agencies, 13 regional and functional commissions, and over 3,900 civil society actors by commissioning studies and reports, monitoring the implementation of activities and initiatives, and encouraging cooperation and coherence among policy actions. In addition, ECOSOC coordinates funding mechanisms and takes the lead role in formulating policy goals and frameworks for short and long-term programs, placing particular emphasis on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. To accurately simulate the committee, it will be important for delegates to focus on ECOSOC’s coordination and policy guidance role, as opposed to the activities carried out by ECOSOC’s subsidiary bodies.
Represented by: Aurora Mane, Luisa Schwab
Realising Sustainable Economic Growth by Achieving SDG 8
Strengthening Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
As a specialised agency of the United Nations, UNESCO is responsible for fostering the cooperation of the international community in the fields of education, science, culture and communication to further the universal respect for justice, rule of law, human rights, and fundamental freedoms. At NMUN•NY 2022, we are simulating the Executive Board of UNESCO in terms of composition and size; however, delegates are not limited to the strict mandate of the Executive Board as a budgetary and administrative body. Therefore, for the purposes of NMUN•NY 2022, and corresponding with the educational mission of the conference, the committee can make programmatic and policy decisions on issues within the mandate of UNESCO, in line with the overall function of the organisation.
Represented by: Georgeta Nicolaes, Cheng Zhu
Information and Communication Technologies to Empower Vulnerable Societies
Addressing Gender Disparities and Promoting Gender Equality in Education
United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)
As the governing body of the United Nations Environment Programme, the UNEA is the world’s highest-level decision-making entity on matters concerning the environment. Membership of the UNEA has been universal since it was created in June 2012 during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20) to act as the “parliament of the environment.” Member States meet biennially to provide leadership and establish priorities for environmental protection, foster intergovernmental collaboration, and build partnerships with civil society, the academic community, the private sector, among other stakeholders. At NMUN•NY 2022, we are simulating the Environment Assembly in terms of composition and size. However, in addition to making budgetary and programmatic decisions for UNEP, delegates in the 2022 UNEA may also propose global priorities, policies, and legal frameworks under the mandate of UNEP.
Represented by: Johann Eickenbrock, David Weiß
Drastically Reducing Maritime Pollution, including Plastic
Implementing a Circular Economy for the Sustainable Development Goals
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
UN-Habitat is an integral player in the UN’s development agenda, striving to ensure that urbanisation issues are prioritised globally. To this end, UN-Habitat collaborates with all actors, including other international organisations, state governments, local authorities, and civil society organisations to promote sustainable cities. At NMUN•NY 2022, delegates are not limited to the strict mandate of the UN-Habitat Council as a budgetary and administrative body, during the conference. On the contrary, for the purposes of NMUN•NY 2022, and in line with the educational mission of the conference, the committee has the ability to make programmatic and policy decisions on issues within the mandate of UN-Habitat which align with the overall function of the organisation.
Represented by: Amir Rahimi, Arthur Küpper
Sustainable Transportation for Better Air Quality in Urban Areas
Mitigating the Spread of Diseases in Urban Areas during Health Crisis
Human Rights & Humanitarian Affairs Department
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
Although the IOM has officially existed since 1951, it only officially joined the UN as a related organisation in 2016, where it relies on its capacities and the expertise of other UN bodies, such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to continue ensuring the safe and dignified migration of people. As human migration and refugee crises have continued to grow since the organisation’s founding, both in numbers and complexity, the IOM utilises its institutional knowledge and norm-setting capacity to promote a whole-of-government approach to migration, and emphasise the link between migration and other key policy areas, such as development, health, environment, and climate change. With its global presence and its wealth of experience, the IOM plays an important leadership role in global migration norm-setting.
Represented by: Annabel Runge, Louisa Hassel
Migration and Racial Discrimination
Ensuring Access to Preventative Healthcare for Migrant Workers
Peace & Security Department
Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)
Acting as an advisory body for both the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and the Security Council, the PBC plays a unique role in supporting peace efforts in conflict-impacted countries around the world. As such, the PBC is responsible for bringing together relevant actors and proposing strategies for post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery efforts. The PBC fills a unique role in the UN system in the relief-to-development continuum, bringing together the government of a particular country with all appropriate international and national actors to establish long term peacebuilding strategies.
Represented by: Tim Rauschenberg, Caio Passos Newman
The Role of Regional Integration in Establishing Peace
Financing for Peacebuilding: Strengthening the Synergies between the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
The IAEA is an independent intergovernmental organisation of the United Nations and serves as the world’s preeminent forum on co-operation in the nuclear field. It works through scientific, technical, and policy means to ensure the safe, secure, and peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The IAEA provides assistance to Member States on the development and use of nuclear technologies for non-military purposes and establishes standards and guidelines for the use of nuclear material, equipment, and facilities. It is important for delegates to understand the crucial role the IAEA holds in achieving a safer and more peaceful world, and the critical leadership position it holds on global technical expertise.
Represented by: Hanne Wortmeyer, Esmirna Jimenez Medina
The Future of Atoms: Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear Applications
The Nuclear Situation in Iran: Follow-Up on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action