Kieran Sharma (chair), Anastasia Rewers-Kusiak (vice chair), Sophie Zhao (vice chair), Ananya Vijay (vice chair)
World Water Forum
Water is the foundation of life on Earth. It covers 70% of the planet’s surface, yet just 3% of the world’s water is fresh water, and two-thirds of that is unavailable for human use. With an ever-growing population and the continued escalation of climate change and water pollution, water systems are becoming increasingly stressed, and water scarcity represents one of the defining plights of our time. An estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a staggering 2.8 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Lack of access to clean water not only sets back several pillars of human development – including education, health, and food security – but is also likely to initiate and intensify interregional conflicts. Water issues are not matters of a single region or nation, but necessitate global solidarity and joint counter-measures.
Now in its eighth session, the World Water Forum is the largest international event focused on discussing and tackling issues surrounding water. It represents a unique multistakeholder platform on which policymakers from around the globe can collaborate to counter water shortage and its aftermath. In this committee, we will address three critical issues. The first is the development of novel technologies to ensure the sustainability of water resources. Here, delegates will be tasked with devising and implementing new strategies to limit water consumption while maximizing returns for the global population. The second topic will address international security and conflict as it relates to water scarcity. Delegates will explore countries’ struggles in accessing water resources, and how these struggles have expanded to the international scale. Finally, we will discuss the plausibility of ocean privatization as a potential solution to the classic “tragedy of the commons” issue that has resulted in widespread pollution of international waters and the depletion of fisheries. We look forward to a stimulating and productive forum that will result in positive action on these pivotal water issues.
Koray Demir (chair), Andrew Juhasz (vice chair), Melisa Demir (vice chair), Jacklyn Chan (vice chair)
Special Political and Decolonization Committee
The Special, Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) is one of the United Nations’ core general assemblies. Its flexible mandate includes many diverse topics, from land mine clearance to radioactive accidents and global peacekeeping operations. These themes combine frameworks and ideas in human rights, international relations and social justice. Within SPECPOL, idealism and pragmatism are in a constant push-and-pull to reach realistic, but effective, solutions.
As a large committee dealing with sensitive and often controversial issues, delegates will be required to play their cards carefully, and combine strong research with diplomatic discussion in order to progress.
Our team looks forward to seeing how you will, together, think of solutions to some of the most challenging topics in global affairs today.
Emma McInerney (chair), Eric Sun (vice chair), Shivang Mahajan (vice chair), Syed Aleemuddin Alavi (vice chair)
United Nations General Assembly Refugees and Migrants
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is one of the six principal sections of the United Nations, and the only one that holds equal representation of all 193 UN member states. This General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking, and representative organ of the UN. Unique circumstances or times of crisis allow the UNGA to convene Special Sessions at the request of the UN Security Council or a majority of UN members. In the recent past, Special Sessions of the UN have been held to put forward the Millennium Development Goals, to combat the HIV/AIDS crisis of 2001, and to celebrate the UN’s 60th anniversary. At SSUNS 2017, the UNGA will hold a Special Session on Refugees and Migrants, to discuss proposals for combatting the ever-rising number of refuges and displaced people fleeing their homeland. This committee will address three specific areas of today’s migratory crisis: a plan to assist the growing number of people displaced by climate change and environmental disasters, safety and welfare management in refugee camps, and humanitarian aid protocols for refugees escaping terrorism. We’re looking forward to witnessing an engaging and productive debate on these complex and pressing issues.
Jonathan Glustein (chair), Saad Sahid (vice chair), Julia Nguyen (vice chair), Aritra Samanta (vice chair)
The World Trade Organization is the international organization responsible for the creation, regulation and mediation of trade. It’s functions range from enforcement of trade liberalization to resolving trade disputes between governments. This committee is set in 2001, an incredibly exciting for global economic governance and the pursuit of increasing trade and market liberalization. China’s ascent to the World Trade Organization, intellectual property rights, and agricultural policy are all on the line as delegates will be challenged to find solutions to imbalances and issues in the world economy. The Doha Development Round made some significant progress, but history will be yours to rewrite- can you bring us closer to true global economic integration?
Orla Mahon (chair), Austin McDougall (vice chair), Shubhanker Joshi(vice chair), Emily Xing (vice chair)
Commission on Science and Technology
The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council that regularly meets to examine reports from ad hoc panels and workshops containing specialized and technical advice that is then used to inform policy recommendations to the ECOSOC and the General Assembly. Made up of 43 representatives of nations from across the Globe, these individuals, nominated by their respective governments, are leaders within their respective fields and possess the incredible professional and scientific knowledge necessary for this position. This 2017 assembly of the CSTD will focus on the pressing issues facing Science and Technology in Agriculture, the continuing struggle to have Accessible Digital Development and the future prospect of Smart Cities and Infrastructure. Delegates, we look forward to seeing what you bring to the table and how your Scientific decisions will shape the world.
Emily Rea (chair), Naomi Santesteban (vice chair), Pedro Zaya (vice chair), Sarim Malik (vice chair)
United Nations Latin America
The Economic Commission of Latin America was created by the UN Economic and Social Council in 1948, and later expanded to include the countries of the Caribbean, changing its name to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in 1984. ECLAC is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, and is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. There are 45 member states, comprised of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and 12 Asian, European, and North American countries that have ties to the region.
ECLAC is charged with contributing to the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean, primarily through research and recommendation of best practices, advising regional governments, promoting regional cooperation, and bringing a regional perspective to global forums.
This committee will discuss three issues of major importance to the region: education, the repurposing of drug fields, and expanding Mercosur. Improving educational attainment in Latin America and the Caribbean is essential to the development of regional economies. In particular, this committee will focus on education in rural areas and for women. Many rural economies in Central and South America are heavily dependent on drug production. This committee will discuss ways to repurpose fields used for drug production in order to lessen the dependence of rural economies on the drug trade. Finally, the committee will discuss how to integrate regional economies, including the potential expansion of Mercosur.
Esli Chan (chair), Zoe Poole (vice chair), Charlotte Koch (vice chair), Monique Morin (vice chair)
United Nations Environment Programme
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is a multi-faceted institution that focuses on all aspects of development and sustainable environmental growth. With its founding in 1972, the UN Environment has tackled and overcome many global obstacles – from addressing concerns of disappearing glaciers to capitalizing on innovative environment-friendly transportation methods. Notably, the UN Environment has also successfully designed and proposed the Montreal Protocol that has gained international widespread recognition and awareness. This Protocol focuses on the challenges of ozone depletion and international resolutions to the management of chlorofluorocarbons. In addition, the United Nations Environment Programme has been a crucial support for the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 Agenda that moves for accountable governance and environment-conscious frameworks. This Programme is made up of a plethora of diverse members which adds to its strength in finding comprehensive solutions to global issues and its ability to find methods that are aware of the customs and characteristics of each member state. The UN Environment Programme is truly a testament to successful international cooperation and displays global initiative and empowerment towards a more sustainable and cooperative planet.
Malina Gilka (chair), Catherine Sun (vice chair), Maya Krishna-Rogers (vice chair), Albert Gunner (vice chair)
United Nations Crime Prevention
Welcome to the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The purpose of this congress is to shape the agenda and standards on crime prevention and criminal justice within the UN. This quinquennial event brings together UN member nations to highlight important issues in international crime. This historical conference originally began in 1872 under the International Penal and Penitentiary Commission (IPPC) and focuses on creating effective criminal justice systems crucial for sustainable development, civil society and the rule of law. International cooperation amongst member nations is essential to implementing comprehensive policies to deter crime. These congresses have taken place around the world, from Kyoto to Caracas and Milan; delegates seek to recommend methods to take action against crime.
At SSUNS 2017 the UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will open the floor to discussion on three distinct topics in crime prevention: sexual violence as a weapon of war, maritime law and piracy, and ethnic conflict. Delegates should look to develop comprehensive and balanced solutions to effectively respond to the topics at hand. We are excited to see the opinions and solutions that delegates will bring to solving these complex cases. As the ninth congress in Cairo stated, we hope to “seek security and justice for all.” We look forward to meeting you!