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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 Assignment Matrix for Conf. A or Conf. B.

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

2014 Committee Topics
Background Guides

General Assembly (GA) back to top

General Assembly First Committee (GA1)

GA1 Staff A email
GA1 Staff B email

  1. Measures to Prevent Terrorists from Acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction
  2. Relationship Between Disarmament and Development
  3. Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space

2014 GA1 Background Guide NY PDF

GA1 Update PDF

General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

GA2 Staff A email
GA2 Staff B email

  1. External Debt Sustainability and Development
  2. Agriculture Development and Food Security
  3. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
2014 GA2 Background Guide NY PDF

GA2 Update PDF

General Assembly Third Committee (GA3)

GA3 Staff A email
GA3 Staff B email

  1. Migration and Human Rights
  2. Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Systems and Their Development in a Changing World
  3. Intensification of Efforts to Eliminate All Forms of Violence against Women
2014 GA3 Background Guide NY PDF

GA3 Update PDF

General Assembly Fourth Committee (GA4)

GA4 Staff A email
GA4 Staff B email

  1. Civilian Capacity in the Aftermath of Conflict
  2. Strengthening the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  3. Strengthening United Nations Police
2014 GA4 Background Guide NY PDF

GA4 Update PDF

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) back to top

Economic and Social Council Plenary (ECOSOC)

ECOSOC Staff A email
ECOSOC Staff B email

  1. Promoting Rule of Law to Facilitate Economic and Social Development
  2. Strengthening Global Progress toward Sustainable Development through Innovation in Science and Technology
  3. Assessing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Addressing the Challenges in Monitoring and Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
2014 ECOSOC Background Guide NY PDF


Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

CSW Staff A email
CSW Staff B email

  1. The Role of Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  2. Addressing the Promotion of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Agenda
  3. Promoting Women’s and Girls’ Access to Education, Training, Science and Technology
2014 CSW Background Guide NY PDF

CSW Update PDF

Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

CND Staff A email
CND Staff B email

  1. Addressing the Impact of the Global Trade in Opiates
  2. Countering Money-Laundering and Promoting Judicial Cooperation to Enhance International Cooperation
  3. Strengthening a Human Rights and Public Health Based Approach to Diseases Related to Drug Abuse
2014 CND Background Guide NY PDF

CND Update PDF

Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC)

ECLAC Staff A email
ECLAC Staff B email

  1. Development of New Capacities in the Region through a More Responsive Higher Education System
  2. Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development: the Role of Culture towards the Preservation of Biodiversity
  3. Incentives for Maximizing the Contribution of Natural Resources to Regional Development
2014 ECLAC Background Guide NY PDF


Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) (writes report)

UNAIDS Staff A email
UNAIDS Staff B email

  1. Eliminating HIV-Related Stigma, Discrimination and Human Rights Violations
  2. Impact of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis on the AIDS Response
  3. Promoting Social Transformation in the Global AIDS Response through Youth Organizations
2014 UNAIDS Background Guide NY PDF


Development back to top

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP Staff A email
UNEP Staff B email

  1. Transformation to a Green Economy: Challenges for Transportation Worldwide
  2. Management of Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste
  3. Facilitating South-South Cooperation for Environmental Capacity Building
2014 UNEP Background Guide NY PDF


United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

UNIDO Staff A email
UNIDO Staff B email

  1. Sustainable Production of Biofuels in Developing Countries
  2. Human Security and Post-Crisis Rehabilitation
  3. Increasing Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries and Economies in Transition
2014 UNIDO Background Guide NY PDF

United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT)

UNHABITAT Staff A email
UNHABITAT Staff B email
  1. UN-HABITAT and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  2. Gender Equality in Human Settlements Development
  3. Enhancing Living Standards in Slums through Cooperation
2014 UN-HABITAT Background Guide NY PDF


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF Staff A email
UNICEF Staff B email

  1. Preventing Child Mortality through Immunization
  2. Addressing the Situation of Child Soldiers
  3. Equitable Access to Education for Children With Disabilities
2014 UNICEF Background Guide NY PDF


Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs    back to top

Human Rights Council (HRC)

HRC Staff A email
HRC Staff B email

  1. Human Rights in the Post-2015 Development Framework
  2. Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions
  3. The Right to Adequate Housing and Protection from Forcible Evictions
2014 HRC Background Guide NY PDF

HRC Update PDF

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA Staff A email
UNFPA Staff B email

  1. Health Priorities Post-2015: Opportunities and Challenges for Improving Maternal Health
  2. Impact of Urbanization on the Implementation of the IPCD Program of Action
  3. Strengthening the International Response to New Trends in Migration
2014 UNFPA Background Guide NY PDF


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR Staff A email
UNHCR Staff B email

  1. Advancing Emergency Response for Displaced Populations Affected by Conflict and Natural Disaster
  2. Improving Public Health Systems for Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons
  3. Providing Humanitarian Assistance to Refugees from and Internally Displaced Persons in Somalia
2014 UNHCR Background Guide NY PDF


World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Staff A email
WHO Staff B email

  1. Improving Access to Mental Health Resources in Industrializing Countries
  2. Strengthening Partnerships, Research, and Response Preparedness to Combat Pandemic and Resistant Diseases
  3. Improving Women’s Health by Integrating Gender, Equity and Human Rights
2014 WHO Background Guide NY PDF

WHO Update PDF

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Conf. B only)

UNESCO Staff B email

  1. Preserving Linguistic Diversity and Protecting Endangered Languages
  2. Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in Order to Protect UNESCO World Heritage Sites
2014 UNESCO Background Guide NY PDF


Peace and Security  back to top

Security Council (SC)*

SC-A Staff A email
SC-A Staff B email
SC-B Staff A email
SC-B Staff B email
SC-C Staff A email
SC-C Staff B email

  1. The Situation in Syria
  2. Strengthening United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
  3. Peace Consolidation in West Africa
The Security Council may adopt agenda items outside the topics listed here. Assigned delegates should stay abreast of current issues.

2014 SC Background Guide NY PDF

SC Update PDF

Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) (writes report)

PBC Staff A email
PBC Staff B email

  1. Responding to the Situation in the Central African Republic
  2. Increasing Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding
  3. Strategies for Rebuilding Critical Institutions in Post-Conflict Societies
2014 PBC Background Guide NY PDF

PBC Update PDF

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) (writes report)

OPCW Staff A email
OPCW Staff B email

  1. Ensuring the Universality of the Chemical Weapons Convention
  2. Addressing Chemical Weapons Safety in Political Transitions
2014 OPCW Background Guide NY PDF



* 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). SC-A is the only one that participates in a crisis simulation. The additional 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.

UNAIDS, PBC, and OPCW write reports. All other committees write resolutions.


NMUN•NY Committee Topics

2014 NY Committee Topics PDf

Delegate Preparation Guide

Del. Prep Guide 2014 NMUN

All delegates should download and consult the NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide PDF. It is a valuable resource and 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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