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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

2016 Committee Topics
Background Guides
Department of the General Assembly (GA) -  back to top

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. Cyber Security and Protecting against Cyber Warfare
  2. The Threat of Transnational Organized Crime to International Security
  3. Efforts to Control Weapons of Mass Destruction
2016 GA1
Background Guide NY

General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

  1. Promoting Access to Renewable and Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development
  2. Financing for Development
  3. World Commodity Trends and Prospects
2016 GA2
Background Guide NY

General Assembly Fourth Committee (GA4)

  1. Comprehensive Review of Special Political Missions and the Future of UN Peacekeeping and Peace Operations
  2. Intensifying Cooperation in Outer Space to Preserve Peace and Security
  3. Improving the Situation of Non-Self-Governing Territories
2016 GA4
Background Guide NY

UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

  1. Building Resilient Cities to Promote Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
  2. Realizing the Right to Adequate Shelter through the New Urban Agenda
  3. Inclusive Urbanization for the Promotion of Equality and Social Cohesion
2016 Habitat III
Background Guide NY
Department of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) - back to top

Economic and Social Council Plenary (ECOSOC)

  1. Ensuring Universal Access to Water
  2. Utilizing Youth Employment for Sustainable Development
  3. Education in Post-Conflict Situations
Background Guide NY

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

  1. The Impact of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence on Reproductive Health
  2. Furthering Women’s Participation in and Access to Information and Communication Technologies
  3. Women’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development
2016 CSW
Background Guide NY

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

  1. Social and Economic Development in Cities
  2. Guaranteeing Indigenous People’s Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean
  3. Promoting the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources
2016 ECLAC
Background Guide NY

Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

  1. Addressing Drug Trafficking and the Financing of Terrorism
  2. The Role of Civil Society in Addressing the World Drug Problem
  3. Evaluating the Impact of Global Narcotics Drug Control
2016 CND
Background Guide NY

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
(writes report)

  1. Addressing Workers' Rights for Sustainable Economic Growth
  2. Preserving Cultural Rights of Ethnic Minorities
  3. Protecting Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for Refugees
2016 CESCR
Background Guide NY
Department of Development -  back to top
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

  1. Corruption and Environmental Governance
  2. Improving Sustainable Forest Management Practices
  3. Plastic Debris in the World’s Oceans
2016 UNEP
Background Guide NY

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  1. Education for All: Strengthening Rural Education
  2. Promoting Women in Science
  3. Protecting World Heritage Sites against New and Emerging Threats
Background Guide NY
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  1. Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship Development for Poverty Reduction
  2. Promoting Resource-Efficient and Low-Carbon Industrial Production
  3. Mainstreaming Gender in Trade Capacity-Building Projects

2016 UNIDO
Background Guide NY

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

  1. Advancing Children’s Rights in the Digital Age
  2. Realizing the Rights of Indigenous Children
  3. Ending Child Marriage
Background Guide NY

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  1. Enhancing South-South Cooperation
  2. Empowering Youth for Development
  3. Ensuring Women’s and Men’s Equal Participation in Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
2016 UNDP
Background Guide NY
Department of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs - back to top

Human Rights Council (HRC)

  1. Effects of Terrorism on the Enjoyment of Human Rights
  2. Human Rights and Climate Change
  3. The Realization of Rights of Persons with Disabilities
2016 HRC
Background Guide NY

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  1. Transforming Refugee Camps into Sustainable Settlements in the Case of Protracted Displacement
  2. Strengthening the Capacity of Refugee Host Countries
  3. Addressing Temporary Displacements Due to Outbreaks and Epidemics
2016 UNHCR
Background Guide NY

World Food Programme (WFP)

  1. Encouraging the Eradication of Hunger through Cooperation with the Farming Industry
  2. Improving Frameworks for the Supply of Food Aid
  3. Responding to Food Insecurity in Yemen
2016 WFP
Background Guide NY

World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. Ensuring Universal Health Coverage for All
  2. Combating Non-Communicable Diseases
  3. Improving Health Care Services for Ageing Populations
2016 WHO
Background Guide NY

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
(writes report)

  1. Addressing the Needs of Palestinian Women and Girls in Gaza
  2. Improving Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance and Relief for Palestinian Refugees in Syria
  3. Strengthening Access to Education through the Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, and Tolerance (HRCRT) Policy
2016 UNRWA
Background Guide NY
Department of Peace and Security - back to top

Security Council (SC)*

  1. Women, Peace and Security: Women as Active Agents in Peace and Security
  2. The Situation in the Central African Republic
  3. Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts
The Security Council may adopt agenda items outside the topics listed here. Assigned delegates should stay abreast of current issues.

2016 SC
Background Guide NY

Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons Biennial Meeting of States (PoA SALW)

  1. Measures to Increase National Reporting of Member States
  2. Incorporating Gender-Sensitive Approaches in the Implementation of the Programme of Action
  3. Adapting to Recent Developments in Small Arms and Light Weapons Technology
2016 PoA SALW
Background Guide NY

Notes: CESCR and UNRWA write reports. All other committees will 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

NY 2016 Committee Topics PDf

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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