Committees

The 2019 committee line-up will include;

BEGINNER COMMITTEES

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)– It promotes and protects human rights around the world. The Council primarily focuses on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) as a guideline but considers all domestic and international human rights legislation. Due to the shared, and at times unilateral, objectives of the UNHRC, this council welcomes delegates new to the Model UN  system.

Topic A: Ensuring freedom of information

Topic B: Cybersecurity and human rights

The World Health Organisation (WHO)– The World Health Organisation is directly concerned with key issues that directly affect the international community and specifically public health. The Organisation is of utmost importance, since it aims at the elevation of the international public and the enhancement of public health accessibility. Diseases, pandemics, international and domestic healthcare systems are some of the topics that are regularly discussed within the WHO. The delegates participating in the discussion will endeavour to find ways to enable and improve healthcare accessibility, as well as eradicate the expansion of diseases among the international community.

Topic A: The issue of Antibiotics resistance

Topic B: The issue of epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks of contagious disease

INTERMEDIATE COMMITTEES

Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)-DISEC deals with threats to peace. It is distinguished from the UNSC in two ways; the former deals specifically with disarmament and may serve as a platform from which nations may formally declare war. DISEC typically cooperates with the UN Disarmament Commission for data and enforcement. This committee welcomes delegates of all abilities.

Topic A: Biochemical Weapons and the issue of bioterrorism

Topic B: Cyber warfare and enhancement of cyber security

ADVANCED COMMITTEES

United Nations Security Council (UNSC)– As one of the United Nations’ 6 principle organs, The UNSC is tasked with maintaining international peace and security. Resolutions are examined on a clause-by-clause basis, ensuring maximum debate and review of all issues. Notably, the 5 permanent member nations (P5) to the UNSC have the power to veto any substantive UNSC resolution. Debate is expected to be incisive and fast-paced.

Topic A: Ensuring stability in Venezuela

Topic B: The role of UN in abrupt regime changes

International Court of Justice (ICJ)– The ICJ is one of our most prestigious committees. Two nations, each represented by two advocates, will argue their positions on a predetermined issue in front of an odd number of judges, and attempt to win the case. Preparation will begin far in advance of the conference: memorials, stipulations, and evidence will be reviewed by the Secretariat and ICJ presidency. Applicants typically have extensive debating, mooting, and/or Model UN experience.

Obligations concerning Negotiations relating to Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and to Nuclear Disarmament (Marshall Islands v. India)

Procedural Matters

We have produced a Rules of Procedure for DurMUN 2019. It will serve as the guideline to all procedural matters in committee session, and it’s important everyone is familiar with the protocol specific to DurMUN.