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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

2017 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. The Role of Science and Technology in International Security and Disarmament
  2. Global Nuclear Disarmament
  3. Increasing Women’s Role in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
2017 GA1
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

  1. Implementing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda
  2. Harnessing the Green Economy to Eradicate Poverty (SDG 1)
  3. Designing Effective Policies and Institutions to Reduce Inequalities (SDG 10)
2017 GA2
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

General Assembly Third Committee (GA3)

  1. Improving Coordination in Humanitarian Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies
  2. Preventing Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  3. Promoting Rights and Strengthening Protections for Older Persons
2017 GA3
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

  1. Youth Leadership and Education for Sustainable Development
  2. Ensuring Decent Work for All
  3. The Role of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
2017 HLPF
Background Guide

(available 15 November)
Department of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) - back to top

Economic and Social Council Plenary (ECOSOC)

  1. Mobilizing Inclusive Partnerships for Sustainable Development
  2. Investing in Sustainable Energy for Rural Areas
  3. Promoting Sustainable Peace by Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

  1. Enhancing Women’s Role in Peace Processes and Political Transitions
  2. Realizing the Rights of Indigenous Women
  3. Women’s Economic Empowerment in a Changing World of Work
2017 CSW
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

  1. Strengthening the Rule of Law for Post-Conflict Recovery
  2. Criminal Justice Responses to Prevent and Counter Terrorism in All Forms
  3. Strengthening International Legal Frameworks to Address Sexual Violence in Conflict
2017 CCPCJ
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Commission for Social Development (CSocD)

  1. Ensuring Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Society and Development
  2. Promoting Social and Economic Inclusion of Refugees
  3. Social Dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development
2017 CSocD
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

  1. Ensuring HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment During Humanitarian Crises
  2. Addressing the Needs of Ageing Populations Living with HIV/AIDS
  3. Mitigating the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Economic Development
Background Guide

(available 15 November)
Department of Development -  back to top
United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

  1. Combating Illegal Trade in Wildlife
  2. Implementation of the Paris Agreement
  3. Sustainable Use of the Oceans, Seas, and Marine Resources
2017 UNEA
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  1. Empowering Vulnerable Groups through Access to Information and Communications Technology
  2. Sport for Peace and Development
  3. Safeguarding World Heritage
Background Guide

(available 15 November)
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
  1. Promoting Sustainable and Resilient Urbanization through Information and Communications Technology
  2. Ensuring Access to Adequate Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene to Promote Urban Health
  3. Eliminating Urban Slums and Ensuring Access to Adequate Housing

2017 UN-Habitat
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

World Food Programme (WFP)

  1. Enhancing Food Procurement Strategies
  2. Improving Food Security to Support the Return, Reintegration, and Resettlement of Displaced Populations
  3. Climate Change and Food Security: Strengthening National Capacity and Resilience
2017 WFP
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  1. Harnessing Data for Sustainable Development
  2. The Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Sustainable Development
  3. Gender Mainstreaming in Early Recovery Situations
2017 UNDP
Background Guide

(available 15 November)
Department of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs - back to top

Human Rights Council (HRC)

  1. Protecting and Promoting Human Rights to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism
  2. Contribution of Firearms Regulation to the Protection of Human Rights
  3. Human Rights Violations and Abuses against Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar
2017 HRC
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  1. Promoting Livelihoods and Education for Refugees and Displaced Persons
  2. Addressing Protracted Displacement
  3. Environmental Migration and the Future of Displacement
2017 UNHCR
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

  1. Promoting the Social Inclusion of Children
  2. Strengthening Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Youth Offenders
  3. Education in Emergencies
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. Mitigating the Public Health Effects of Climate Change
  2. Ensuring Access to Clean and Safe Water
  3. Improving Coordination of Health Services in Outbreaks and Emergencies
2017 WHO
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

  1. Global Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  2. Sustainable Tourism and the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  3. Development of the Arctic: Preserving Indigenous Rights
Background Guide

(available 15 November)
Department of Peace and Security - back to top

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

  1. Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East
  2. Improving Science and Technology Activities through Technical Cooperation
  3. Nuclear Waste Management
2017 IAEA
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Security Council (SC)*

  1. Protection of Civilians in the Context of Peacekeeping Operations
  2. The Situation in Libya
  3. The UN-AU Partnership on Peace Operations
The Security Council may adopt agenda items outside the topics listed here. Assigned delegates should stay abreast of current issues.

2017 SC
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

* 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.

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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