General Assembly


 

         DISEC

This rendition of the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly will apply fresh eyes to both new and age-old issues facing international security actors. This committee will debate topics such as how to respond to the rise of non-state actors in the Middle East region, collaborate towards addressing the disproportionate effects of armed conflict on women and children around the world, and pursue an effective global response to the illicit small arms and light weapons trade, including production and distribution, and humanitarian implications. Delegates will come together to tackle these issues and the threats they pose to international peace and security in the twenty-first century to build a safer tomorrow.   

World Health Organization

 As the world becomes increasingly globalized, it is more important than ever to consider the changing face of global health and how the international community plays a role in providing for the wellbeing of ordinary citizens. The World Health Organization seeks to work alongside governments to create more advanced and more accessible healthcare for people around the world. In this committee, delegates will be tasked with debating pressing issues that affect tens of millions of people in both the Global North and Global South. HIV/AIDS affects millions worldwide, on every continent, and from every walk of life – however, the way the disease is handled and what treatment is available differs greatly from region to region. Although advancements have been made in treating this disease, there is still much to be done in the areas of education, treatment, and access to this treatment. In an era where life happens ever increasingly online, eHealth has emerged as a way to make healthcare streamlined and accessible – both physically and financially. Delegates will explore this burgeoning field, both its opportunities and pitfalls, including implications for the quality of care and privacy concerns. In the global healthcare market, access to proper healthcare and medicines is vastly unequal. Delegates will also tackle issues such as foreign aid and other funding for healthcare, the need for better health infrastructure, and access to often highly expensive pharmaceuticals that often lock out those most in need from potentially lifesaving treatments. Delegates will work collaboratively to create dynamic solutions to current issues facing healthcare systems worldwide.  

         The Global Black Market

As illegal trade is on the rise, the trafficking of illicit substances has continued to frustrate the efforts of governments around the world. The Black Market, sometimes referred to as the shadow economy, is currently the second largest market in the world – and the fastest growing. While drug and weapon trafficking are usually what comes to mind when one thinks of illegal trade, there are several surprising industries that have emerged that have contributed to the exponential growth of the Black Market. The illegal organ trade has materialized as a major market on the world stage, along with the thriving counterfeit industry and the illegal trade of wildlife. The ripple effects from these industries and their growth have detrimental impacts on the stability of economies, governments, and ordinary people around the world. This committee will focus on alleviating the destabilizing consequences of the Black Market, and delegates should therefore address the inconsistencies in international law and determine a sustainable solution to put an end to the trafficking of these illicit goods.    

Crisis 


 

          Humans Need Not Apply

In 2007, the world economy collapsed – but could it happen again? And how would the world react? The year is 2050, and economies around the world are in crisis. Most blue-collar jobs no longer exist, having given way to automatization. Companies have spent years in free fall as their massive unemployment has drained the purchasing power of their traditional consumer bases. Capital has become harder and harder for companies to find, as individual investors have long found the security of gold the most appealing investment in an unstable and volatile economy. Institutional investors have long vanished, pushed out due to legislative reforms during the 2030’s in an attempt to appease decade long demonstrations against the 1%. Governments have begun to fear the even increasing unrest, and realize that they need to get the world’s economy working for ordinary people again. Can you right this economic ship, or is it simply too late to return to a system that seems obsolete?   

Californian Independence

  The year is 2020. The United States has spent the last four years in a period of great social strife and economic uncertainty. Mass protests and clashes are now commonplace across the country. The media has created a political climate that is more polarized and hostile than ever, and the United States has entered an economic recession that rivals the Great Recession of 2008. Amidst this volatile climate, a radical idea has begun to emerge in the State of California. A state that is one of the last outposts of prosperity in the present climate, and a state that has felt increasingly maligned and attacked by the federal government. This radical idea was that of independence, a so-called “Calexit.”  In the state elections of 2018, the pro-independence California National Movement (CNM) party was able to win a surprise victory, seizing both the legislature and the governorship. Two years later, a referendum has returned a resounding ‘Yes’ vote for independence. Amid threats of non-cooperation and martial law from the federal government, the CNM unilaterally declared the independent California Republic on December 1st, 2020. The loose coalition of establishment liberals, activists, libertarians, media figures and tech giants that made the dream of Californian independence a reality must now govern and inspire the character of this new nation. Will they be able to create a state that will stand the test of time? Or will they disintegrate under the weight of internal and external conflict and be forced back under the rule of the United States?    

          French Empire 1815

  The date is the June 19th, 1815. The Battle of Waterloo has just ended in victory for the glorious Empire of Napoleon! Wellington is dead and his army is scattered. Blucher and the Prussians are beginning their retreat east and the road to Brussels is open. You play as the loyal Marshals and ministers of L'empereur Napoléon. But Napolean is ill, and he has left the decisions of what is to be done to his Marshals. As delegates, you must work together be to establish the House of Bonaparte as the rightful leaders of France through political and military means. Opposing you are the many powers of Europe who stand firmly against Napoleon. The Russian and Austrian armies are advancing towards France, while Prussia and England are regrouping. The wake of the victory of Waterloo will surely throw Europe into turmoil. Can the House of Bonaparte emerge victorious through the chaos as the rightful rulers of France? The choice is yours.  

Lincoln's Cabinet

  We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.  

         Tsar's Cabinet 1915

Following Germany’s declaration of war on Russia, the shrewd governance of people and resources under the Russian Empire has never been more critical. In 1915, to oversee Imperial troops, Tsar Nicholas II charges his wife as Regent in the capital of St. Petersburg before departing for the warfront. Tsarina Alexandra’s German heritage, political inexperience and aloof personality lead the people of Russia to quickly distrust and dislike her, going so far as to accuse her of being a German spy. To make matters worse, her unwavering faith in Russian mystic and holy-man Grigori Rasputin pave the way for high tensions in the State Duma, where the mysterious man proves himself to be a close personal advisor to the Tsarina and divisive character in court – with mounting political influence. With the government weakening and inflation soaring, and with Rasputin’s particularly close relationship with and resulting power over the imperial family, delegates must navigate the devastating effects of World War I and increasing resentment towards the Romanov Dynasty as a potential political crisis looms overhead.  Give customers a reason to do business with you.

Japanese Extraordinary
Cabinet of 1866

After two hundred years of splendid isolation for the Japanese islands, the outside world has landed on Japanese soil. These outsiders bring with them new ideas and technology that threaten to drastically alter the course of Japanese history. As delegates you must make vital decisions about how much Western influence you will allow in your country, and what to do when the West pushes back. Tradition runs deep in the Japanese spirit, but the opportunities offered by the Westerners may be too great to pass up. While Japan undergoes radical change, you must take steps to ensure the peace of the country remains intact and that new Western weaponry is not tested upon Japanese citizens. As representatives from various clans, the Shogunate, and the Emperor, it is your job to steer Japan through these dangerous times. 

          Operation Unthinkable

  It is May 2nd, 1945. After two weeks of grueling urban warfare, The Hammer and Sickle flies over the ruins of the Reichstag. Emboldened by this hard-fought victory over Nazi Germany, Stalin casts his gaze westward. Unsatisfied with the zones of influence agreed upon at the Yalta Conference, the Soviet vision of a united, communist Europe threatens to cast the continent under the shadow of tyranny once more. Yet Western Allied troops are closing in with the intent of enforcing the tentative borders established at Yalta, wary of the risk of Soviet aggression. Will lofty Soviet ambitions lead to new conflict or will a compromise be struck to spare Europe from the continued scourge of war? It is up to you, the delegates, to decide Europe’s fate.   

Panem in Crisis 

Panem and its twelve districts are in a state of unrest. A quiet revolution is forming among certain districts, though all remain under the control of the charismatic but severe President Snow, who resides in the luxurious Capitol. Tensions are rising as the third Quarter Quell is approaching, and an uprising is looking more likely with each passing day. A new session of President’s Snow’s General Council, with Capitol representatives of each of the twelve districts, has been called. As a council, your goal is to devise and implement a plan to quash the revolution, and to show the strength and authority of the Capitol by making this Hunger Games the most memorable yet. However, divides run deep between the council members, and both ulterior motives and bleeding hearts are just waiting to be uncovered. May the odds be ever in your favour!  

         Imperial High Command

 Insurrection threatens the stability of the Galactic Empire. Cells of rebel fighters have sprung up across the galaxy and disrupt the Imperial way of life, sowing chaos and radicalism. In response, the Emperor has disbanded the Imperial Senate, erasing the last remnants of the Republic. Local governors, known as Moffs, now have direct control over their sectors, where they must both consolidate power against a growing resistance and keep their populations under control. Will the Imperial governors crush the rebellion and build an Empire that will reign supreme for centuries to come, or will lust for power tear the galaxy into factions?  

Position Papers

 

Position papers are mandatory for General Assembly committees. Crisis committees do not require any position papers or other submissions. 

Position papers should be 400-600 words in length and should reflect a state's foreign policy and general position on the committee topics. Position papers should be emailed to committees@queensmuni.org with the following subject line:

Position Paper - State - Committee - Full Name - Delegation

Position papers are due November 13th at midnight.