Committees and Topics

General Assembly 1st Committee (Disarmament and International Security)

  • Eliminating the use of barrel bombs, cluster munitions and other types of fragmentary ordnance against civilian populations

  • Strengthening the regulation of lethal autonomous robotic weaponry (LARW)

  • Measures to ensure the stability and territorial integrity of Afghanistan

  • Addressing the threat and regulating the conduct of cyber warfare and cyberterrorism/espionage

General Assembly 3rd Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural)

  • Addressing the ethics and monitoring the development of human enhancement through genetic engineering and biotechnology

  • Creating consistent, standards of conduct for governments hosting international sporting events

  • Guaranteeing the health, safety, and security of religious pilgrims during the Hajj and other religio-cultural pilgrimages and festivals

  • Combating the rise of right-wing identity politics in Eastern Europe

General Assembly 4th Committee (Special Political and Decolonization)

  • Reconciling competing territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea

  • The question of Israeli settlements and claims of sovereignty in the Occupied Territories, including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights

  • Restoring peace and security to protect civilian non-combatants in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring states

  • Evaluating the merits of self-determination for the people of Iraqi Kurdistan

General Assembly 6th Committee (Legal)

  • Protecting the rights and welfare of individuals not recognized as citizens of any sovereign state

  • Formalizing the scope and applicability of the principle of universal jurisdiction

  • Question of the applicability of the Geneva Convention and other international legal protocols tot he treatment of civilians and non-uniformed combatants

  • Consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

  • Strengthening and enforcing the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict

  • Addressing the political and economic causes and consequences of “demographic graying”in Economically Developed Countries (EDCs)

  • Reforming policies to ensure sustainable economic growth within the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

  • Slowing the “BrainDrain” from developing nations to North America and Western Europe

  • Promoting citizen-led initiatives in LDCs using social media to reduce corruption and increase aid effectiveness

The Human Rights Council (HRC)

• Preventing extra-judicial killings arising from the alleged practice of sorcery and witchcraft

• Promoting legal equality and freedom from discrimination of gays, lesbians and transgendered persons

• Protecting the rights of children and preventing exploitation relating to cross–border adoption

• Ending the war in Yemen

Environment Committee

  • Developing awareness and mitigating the impact of extreme weather events resulting from anthropogenic climate change

  • Limiting the introduction of non-native species into terrestrial and marine ecosystems

  • Enhancing global efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, and increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable alternatives

  • Limiting the negative impact of single-use plastics and micro plastics on the global marine environment

Disarmament Commission

  • Strengthening and expanding the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and accelerating efforts to remove existing mines

  • Regulating the development and deployment of unmanned drones

  • De-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan over the disputed territories of Jammu and Kashmir

  • Assisting states in curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons

UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

  • Ending the practice of child marriage, coerced marriage and all forms of involuntary concubinage

  • Lessening gender-based inequality and discrimination in the workplace

  • Addressing the practice of gender-selective abortion and the future consequences of gender imbalances in affected societies

  • Enhancing the legal status of women with regard to family and inheritance law

Special Conference on Slavery and Human Trafficking

  • Ending the practice of slavery in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

  • Eliminating the trafficking of women and girls for the purpose of forced prostitution

  • Decommissioning child soldiers in national military, paramilitary and other armed groups and reintegrating them into civilian life

  • Measures to end the cycle of collateral debt bondage, forced marriage, and other forms of involuntary servitude in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Security Council

• To be announced

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

  • Preventing and combating trafficking in human organs and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal

  • Countering maritime piracy, especially off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Guinea

  • Promoting the practical application of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules)

  • Taking action against gender-related killing of women and girls

United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (UNPBC)

  • Applying the principles of “restorative justice” to enhance the effectiveness of post-conflict interventions

  • Avoiding civil conflict and promoting democratic transition in North Africa

  • Reducing tensions and forestalling conflict between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran and their proxies

  • Reducing urban violence and other drivers of emigration from the “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

  • Ensuring safe passage and humane treatment of immigrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, and expediting the processing of claims for political and economic asylum

  • Combating xenophobia and protecting the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and the United States

  • Protecting the rights and enhancing the welfare of internally displaced Venezuelans and Venezuelan refugees in neighboring states

  • Protecting the rights and enhancing the welfare of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, including Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon

UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development

  • Providing universal internet access and bridging the “digital divide” in Less Developed Countries (LDCs)

  • Mitigating the consequences of job loss resulting from automation

  • Regulating surveillance technology to prevent the further erosion of personal privacy

  • Measures to ensure safety and transparency in the development and use of artificial intelligence

World Health Assembly

  • Promoting universal vaccination and combating campaigns of misinformation regarding the efficacy of inoculation

  • Encouraging reforms to reduce global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

  • Addressing the issue of antimicrobial resistance in Less Developed Countries (LDCs)

  • Preventing or minimizing cholera outbreaks in the aftermath of natural disasters

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

  • Ensuring “Resource Sovereignty” for indigenous peoples over natural resources on ancestral lands

  • Protecting and preserving indigenous culture and traditions, including measures to preserve and document endangered indigenous languages

  • Protecting the rights of indigenous populations impacted by anthropogenic climate change

  • Guaranteeing the rights and welfare of uncontacted peoples in the Amazon basin, New Guinea and other remote locations

UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

  • Preventing the Militarization of OuterSpace

  • Creating legal and regulatory regimes addressing the commercialization, privatization and future resource exploitation of outer space

  • Promoting international cooperation and technology-sharing toward the goals of manned exploration of the solar system and a permanent colony on Mars

  • Coordinating transnational efforts to identify, track and catalog near-earth objects (NEOs) in order to forestall the possibility of a catastrophic impact

International Court of Justice

• Interpretation and application of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (The State of Qatar vs. The United Arab Emirates)

• Advisory Opinion on the legality of use or the threat of use of nuclear weapons

International Criminal Court

• The Prosecutor vs. Friedrich Flick

• The Prosecutor vs. Simon Bikindi

• The Prosecutor vs. Drazen Erdemovic