COMMITTEES


United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 24

Director: Matthew Benz

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will host its 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland in December 2018. In the long-lasting battle against the negative effects of excess carbon emissions that have intensified the effects of climate change, COPs have served as platforms opening up discussion between countries. Typically, pivotal in progressing multilateral cooperation on combating climate change, COPs have previously facilitated the creation of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and 2016 Paris Agreement—both crucial measures in the efforts of climate change goal-setting and regulation. Recognizing the continuously growing divisions fueled by national interests, the COP 24 offers an opportunity for countries to further discuss the enforcements of previous agreements and assess future challenges, especially in light of several major contributing countries voicing concern over—or altogether dropping out of—the treaty.

Topics:

1. Implementation and enforcement of 2016 Paris Agreement

2. Inter-organizational cooperation on climate change-combating technologies

3. Better managing the conserving and expanding of forests worldwide


 

Committee: International Labor Organization (ILO)

Director: Amina Kilpatrick

The International Labor Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919 and is the only UN organization divided into three parts. In the ILO, governments, employers and workers equally share their voices to enhance labor standards and policies. The three main bodies of the ILO are the International Labor Conference which sets the policies and standards, the Governing Body which creates the budgets and policy, and the International Labor Office which is the secretariat and center of the ILO activities. The goal of the ILO is to promote human and labor rights through a social justice lens. The ILO sets international labor standards to better the working conditions of people around the world.

Topics:

1. Child Labor

2. Indigenous and Tribal People


United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on Drugs

Director: Michael Johns

The United Nations General Assembly convenes Special Sessions (UNGASS) on specific issues facing the global community at large. These sessions are tasked with constructively debating these issues with the goal of reaching potential solutions on the international level. In 2016, the UNGASS gathered to discuss drug policy reform in the wake of joint requests from Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico. In this meeting, the UNGASS affirmed “joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem”. This meeting of the UNGASS is particularly important because of shifting international attitudes in drug policy. The United Nations at large has been struggling with the question of drug prohibition for some time, and, therefore, the global community is paying close attention to the UNGASS’ recommendations on this key issue, especially as they relate to regulatory reform and international law enforcement.

Topics:

1. Drug Treatment Prevention

2. Enforcement of Global Drug Epidemics


International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA)

Director: Ria Singh

Since the study of atomic properties in the late nineteenth century, the basic principles of fission and fusion have become a critical component of geopolitics and global security. Our first instinct naturally associates nuclear power with destruction—ever since Hiroshima and Nagasaki demonstrated to the global community what nuclear power had the potential to be, the world was only ever given reason to fear it. Despite the immediate push towards military applications upon the discovery of the magnitude of nuclear power, nuclear energy also has the potential to cause major ripples in our energy structure as a controlled means of generating power within our societies—in fact, nuclear energy is one of the most efficient forms of energy in use today. This duality of purpose of nuclear power—in that it has the potential to both destroy and build up civilizations—has created a cloud of uncertainty as to how to approach the subject, let alone incorporate it into our global policy. This committee will explore all sides of this scientific phenomenon and debate its place in our societies and international policies.

Topics:

1. Weaponization and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

2. Viability of Nuclear Power as a Replacement for Fossil Fuels


Institute of International Finance

Director: Ethan Geller

“I have a feeling in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people.” - Mark Baum, The Big Short (2015)

It’s December 2008 and the global economy is in the middle of a recession that is being called the worst economic downturn since the 1930’s. The global financial system has collapsed and it is up to national governments and international institutions like the IIF to pave the way towards recovery. As members of the IIF, you have the power to direct and influence policy in large banks and national governments to help stimulate the global economy once again. You must take action and debate to find a solution to this economic crisis - good luck!

Topic:

The Global Financial Crisis of 2008


Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) 2018

Director: Suhas Bobba

Reeling from decades of corruption charges and the ousting of most of the upper echelons of its organization, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) stands at a critical tipping point. The execution and reception of this FIFA 2018 World Cup will determine whether FIFA has turned a new leaf. The committee will be comprised of specialists involved with planning all aspects of the event, such as security and logistics. Will the committee be able to weather potential crises from terrorist threats to cheating accusations and ensure a successful and satisfying tournament?

Topics:

1. Anti-Corruption

2. Terrorism in FIFA 2018