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NMUN•NY Committee Topics and Background Guides

You only need to download background guides for the committees assigned to your country. If you are unsure which ones are relevant, consult the Country/Committee Matrix.

GA ECOSOC Development Human Rights & Humanit. Affairs Peace & Security

2015 Committee Topics
Background Guides
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General Assembly Plenary (GAPlen)

GA Plenary does not meet during the week with its own agenda. It only meets on the last day of the NMUN conference to consider resolutions and reports from appropriate committees.


General Assembly First Committee (GA1)

  1. Prohibiting Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
  2. The Control of Biological Weapons in Today’s Modern Era
  3. Confidence-Building Measures in a Regional and Subregional Context

2015 GA1 Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

  1. Women in Development
  2. The Impact of Migration on Development
  3. Adapting to Globalization: The New International Economic Order and the Green Economy
2015 GA2 Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

General Assembly Third Committee (GA3)

  1. Development and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  2. The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age
  3. Eliminating Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerances
2015 GA3 Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34)
(writes report)

  1. Strengthening Regional Arrangements in Africa
  2. Enhancing Robust Mandates to Deal with Complex Crises
  3. Enhancing the Use of Technology in Peacekeeping Missions
2015 C-34 Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF
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Economic and Social Council Plenary (ECOSOC)

  1. Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  2. Fostering Sustainable Development Practices through Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  3. Social and Economic Integration through Sustainable Urbanization
2015 ECOSOC Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

  1. Innovative Financing for Africa’s Transformation
  2. Access to Energy
  3. Including Vulnerable Populations in Economic and Social Development
2015 ECA Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Commission on Population and Development (CPD)

  1. Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Health Services, and Education
  2. Supporting Ageing Populations' Health and Participation in Society
  3. Strengthening National Health Systems
2015 CPD Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

  1. Strengthening Criminal Justice Systems to Better Address Gender-Based Violence
  2. Prevention, Protection, and International Cooperation against the Use of New Information Technologies to Abuse and Exploit Children
  3. The Rule of Law in the Fight against Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking
2015 CCPCJ Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

  1. Social and Economic Implications of Refugee Influx in the ESCWA Region
  2. Meeting Growing Energy Demands
  3. Countering Radicalization through Social and Economic Development
2015 ESCWA Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF
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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  1. Financing International Climate Technology Transfer
  2. Sustainable Development in the Arctic
  3. Promoting Resource Efficiency in Urban Development
2015 UNEP Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  1. Protecting and Securing Fisheries in Small Island Developing States
  2. Reducing Rural Poverty
  3. Investing in Agriculture for Food Security and Economic Growth
2015 FAO Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women)
  1. Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Beijing +20 Review
  2. Achieving Gender Equality Post-2015 by Eliminating Violence against All Women
  3. Strengthening Women's Political Participation

2015 UN-Women Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  1. Building Democratic Governance by Expanding Access to Justice
  2. Fostering Developing Countries’ Capacities for Climate Change Adaptation
  3. Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for Socioeconomic Development
2015 UNDP Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

  1. Prioritizing Children’s Rights in National and International Development Agendas
  2. Children and Armed Conflict: Reintegration and Recovery
  3. Advancing Human Development for Adolescents
2015 UNICEF Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF
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Human Rights Council (HRC)

  1. Advancing International Human Rights to Protect against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  2. Protecting the Rights of Migrant Workers
  3. Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Post-Conflict Societies
2015 HRC Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  1. The Syrian Refugee Crisis
  2. Protecting the Civil, Political, and Socioeconomic Rights of Refugees
  3. Protecting Refugees from Human Trafficking
2015 UNHCR Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  1. Empowering Youth through Access to Information and Communication Technology and Media
  2. Improving Water Security through Natural Resource Management
  3. Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
2015 UNESCO Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

World Food Programme (WFP)

  1. Empowering Women and Girls in the Fight against Hunger
  2. Humanitarian Assistance in the Central African Republic and South Sudan
  3. Disaster Risk Management and Food Security in Natural Disaster Situations
2015 WFP Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP)
(writes report)

  1. International Action for the Release of All Palestinian Political Prisoners
  2. Strengthening Partnerships with Civil Society
  3. Promoting Cooperation through Shared Water Resources
2015 CEIRPP Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF
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Security Council (SC)*

  1. The Situation in Iraq
  2. Measures to Combat Terrorism in Africa
  3. Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Security Sector Reform
The Security Council may adopt agenda items outside the topics listed here. Assigned delegates should stay abreast of current issues.

2015 SC Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT RevCon)
(writes report)

  1. Advancing Technical Cooperation in the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy
  2. Article X and Measures to Address Withdrawal from the NPT
  3. Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
2015 NPT Background Guide NY PDF and Update PDF

Notes: C-34, CEIRPP, and NPT write reports. All other committees write resolutions.

* Due to high interest, NMUN•NY simulates three Security Councils. One is comprised of schools assigned to the member states on the council (SC-A). The additional security councils (SC-B and SC-C) are by separate application. A school assigned to SC-B or SC-C will be a different country in the rest of the simulation.


NMUN•NY Committee Topics

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Delegate Preparation Guide

NMUN Delegate Prep Guide

All delegates should read the NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide PDF. It's a valuable resource that will provide answers to most of your questions.

Important Dates: We urge you to note the various deadlines for position papers and other conference preparations.

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