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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

2018 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. Measures to Strengthen International Counter-Terrorism Efforts
  3. Combating the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons
2018 GA1
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

General Assembly Second Committee (GA2)

  1. Implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action
  2. The Role of Urbanization in Sustainable Development
  3. Sustainable Tourism for Poverty Eradication
2018 GA2
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

General Assembly Third Committee (GA3)

  1. The Right of Peoples to Self-Determination
  2. The Elimination of All Forms of Religious Intolerance
  3. Ensuring Equitable Access to Education
2018 GA3
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

General Assembly Fifth Committee (GA5)

  1. Improving Mechanisms for Accountability and Transparency within the UN System
  2. Strengthening Compliance and Accountability in Field Missions with Special Regard to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Cases
  3. Consideration of the Secretary-General’s Reform Proposals
2018 GA5
Background Guide

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

Economic and Social Council Plenary (ECOSOC)

  1. Strengthening the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance
  2. Integrating Sustainable Development into Post-Conflict Reconstruction
  3. Implementing SDG 7: Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

  1. Promoting the Involvement of Women and Youth in Government
  2. Combating Violence against Women Migrant Workers
  3. Empowering Women and Girls in Rural Contexts
2018 CSW
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

  1. Towards a New International Drug Strategy: Implementing the Recommendations of UNGASS 2016
  2. Preventing the Illicit Cultivation of Drug Crops through Alternative Development
  3. Strengthening Global Drug Policies to Address the Production and Trafficking of Counterfeit Goods
2018 CND
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Commission for Social Development (CSocD)

  1. Promoting the Political, Socioeconomic, and Cultural Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  2. Promoting South-South and Triangular Cooperation to Achieve the 2030 Agenda
  3. Climate Change and Inequality
2018 CSocD
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

  1. Achieving the Arab Development Outlook
  2. Strengthening Arab Least Developed Countries
  3. Reducing the Occurrence of Gender-Based Violence
2018 ESCWA
Background Guide

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

  1. Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystems in Urban Areas
  2. Empowering Youth for Sustainable Development
  3. The Impact of Pollution on Marine Life
2018 UNEA
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  1. The Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites
  2. Fostering Environments for Freedom of Expression, Press Freedom, and Journalistic Safety
  3. Combating Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property
Background Guide

(available 15 November)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  1. Promoting Digital Citizenship among Youth
  2. Using ICTs to Promote Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  3. Advancing Human Rights and Development through Artificial Intelligence

2018 ITU
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  1. Growing Green Cities through Urban Agriculture
  2. Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Practices
  3. Implementing Strategies for Agricultural Development in Post-Emergency Response Plans
2018 FAO
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  1. The Role of Access to Clean Water in Eradicating Poverty
  2. Sustainable Cities and Transportation: A Bridge to Development
  3. Promoting Resilient Communities
2018 UNDP
Background Guide

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

Human Rights Council (HRC)

  1. Reinforcing Business’ Responsibility to Protect Human Rights
  2. Effects of Terrorism on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights
  3. The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age
2018 HRC
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

  1. Addressing Climate Migration and Cross-Border Disaster Displacement
  2. Addressing the Issue of Migration in Libya
  3. Strengthening Cooperation between IOM and Civil Society
2018 IOM
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

World Food Programme (WFP)

  1. Alleviating Hunger through the Strengthening of Global Partnership
  2. Empowering Women to Combat Food Insecurity
  3. Utilizing Technology and Innovation to Combat Hunger
2018 WFP
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. Mitigating the Health Impacts of Pollution
  2. Improving Responses and Coordination in Addressing Mental Health
  3. Vaccination to Promote Global Public Health
2018 WHO
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

  1. Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Response
  2. The Impact of Climate Change on Achieving Sustainable Population Growth
  3. Managing the Needs and Challenges of an Ageing World
2018 UNFPA
Background Guide

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

Peacebuilding Commission (PBC)

  1. Youth Participation in Peacebuilding
  2. Leveraging Partnerships for Sustainable Peace
  3. Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Peace in Burundi
2018 PBC
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

  1. The Complete Eradication of Chemical Weapons
  2. Providing Protection and Assistance to Victims of Chemical Weapons
  3. The Role of the OPCW in Counter-Terrorism Efforts
2018 OPCW
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

Security Council (SC)*

  1. Humanitarian Exemptions in Sanctions Regimes
  2. Preventing Terrorism and Extremism in the Horn of Africa
  3. Women, Peace and Security
The Security Council may adopt agenda items outside the topics listed here. Assigned delegates should stay abreast of current issues.

2018 SC
Background Guide

(available 15 November)

* Due to high interest, NMUN•NY simulates an additional Security Council. One is comprised of schools assigned to the member states on the council (SC-A). The other security council (SC-B) is by separate application. A school assigned to SC-B 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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