General Assemblies (GAs)
Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)
Directed by Renee Ong
As one of the United Nation’s largest and most influential bodies, The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is responsible for establishing the principles of cooperation in the maintenance of global peace and security. The central mission of DISEC is to promote multilateral collaboration and stability, to confront challenges in the international security regime, and to strive towards a global decrease in armament. Established in 1945 with the creation of the UN Charter, this First Committee of the General Assembly is primarily involved with the governance and regulation of disarmament, as well as mitigating threats to international peace. Member states meet to discuss relevant issues including non-proliferation, global terrorism, and the existence of weapons of mass destruction.
Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian (SOCHUM)
Directed by Kyung Mi Lee
The Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, was founded in 1945 with the creation of the United Nation Charter. Mandated with the task of addressing social, cultural, and human rights issues around the world, SOCHUM works in close partnership with other UN bodies to secure international support for fundamental freedoms and human rights. The central mission of SOCHUM is to encourage and propose peaceful solutions to issues of social, humanitarian, and cultural dilemmas in the international community. Member states meet to discuss relevant issues including the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous peoples’ rights, the treatment of refugees, and other human rights concerns.
Economic and Social Council & Regional Bodies (ECOSOCs & RBs)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Directed by Samar Allibhoy
Established in 1965, the United Nations Development Programme operates in 170 countries and territories to promote human development through policy and strategic developmental initiatives. The UNDP focuses primarily on issues of sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. In January 2016, the UNDP adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which identify and propose targets in seventeen key areas of development leading up to the year 2030. With the end goal of eradicating poverty, the SDGs set forth inclusive guidelines and policies for implementation at national and local levels. Utilizing the SDGs, the UNDP hopes to engage citizens, policymakers, and private enterprises in dialogue on promoting development in the context of gender equality, environmental conservation, and justice.
Commission on the status of women (CSW)
Directed by Stella Xu
The Commission on the Status of Women, established in 1946, is an intergovernmental body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is dedicated to promoting gender equality around the world, including the implementation and monitoring of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an agenda drafted at the Fourth World Conference on Women (1995). The Platform for Action sought to take progressive steps in improving global gender equality concerning critical areas such as gender-based violence, women’s education, labor and economic discrimination, and proper access to healthcare. The CSW meets annually to discuss the challenges women face and to examine the progress made in achieving a global mission towards gender equality.
United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
Directed by Alina Glaubitz
The United Nations Human Rights Council is responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights around the world. The Council was created by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and has since spearheaded advocacy, guiding governmental policies and shaping human rights law. Its Universal Periodic Review mechanism assesses human rights situations in all UN Member States, while its Advisory Committee serves as the Council’s “think tank,” recording and analyzing thematic human rights concerns. Its Complaints Procedure allows individuals and organizations to bring human rights violations to the attention of the Council, and facilitates the integration of human rights watch dogs: special rapporteurs, special representatives, independent experts, and working groups. The Human Rights Council has been instrumental in protecting the most vulnerable members of society, making a difference in the lives of those whose voices are not strong enough to be heard.
European union (eu)
Directed by Hanah Lee
An unparalleled experiment in integrating nations of vastly different backgrounds and cultural values, the founding goal of the European Union was to assist the continent of Europe after the devastation of World War II and to promote lasting peace and democracy among its members states. However, the mission of European integration with respect to each state’s long-established national sovereignty has proven difficult. The EU is only the most recent form of a succession of projects aimed at a united Europe, starting from its humble origins as an economic partnership in the coal and steel industries to its robust Single Market. As the EU navigates the fine line between its roles as an intergovernmental organization and a supranational one, the capacity and duties of the EU and of its member states remain in debate.
united nations security council (UNSC)
Directed by Richard Park
As one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council is responsive on all matters concerning international peace and security. It consists of 15 member states of which five—France, China, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States—are permanent members. The remaining 10 positions rotate on a two year basis. The permanent members, known as the P5, each possess veto power, the ability to strike down any non-procedural decisions of the Council. The Security Council can utilize various diplomatic tools unavailable to other UN bodies such as the imposition of sanctions or the authorization of force, creating a dynamic committee experience unlike any other.