GEMUN 2019 Topics

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      The committees listed below are being represented in the 30th Session of GEMUN, May, 2019. Each section on this page has a collection of links for the respective committee, which we are always in process of updating.

      If you find a link that is expired, or a good one that needs to be added, please send an email to GEMUN's staff at gemunstaff at gmail.com

NOTE: These issues are real-world issues and some students may have trouble understanding some of the content. Please make sure parents are aware of the topics to be covered in each committee.

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Main Resource page
United Nations home page

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In 2015, 195 nations came together to adopt the Paris Agreement, committing to do what is necessary to limit global average temperature increases to well below 2° C (3.6° F) above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.
These six milestones provide a vision for where we need to be by 2020 in order to successfully meet the climate turning point.

Mission 2020 - Vision and 6 Milestone Plan


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-- On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years.
End extreme poverty.
Fight inequality & injustice.
Fix climate change.
The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done.
In all countries. For all people.

Some Sustainable Development Goals links:

Sustainable Development Goals - United Nations:


The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the World's largest lesson
Teaching Sustainable Development Goals - Microsoft in Education
UNU Sustainable Development Explorer - United Nations University
17Goals (an independent global partnership in over a dozen countries)
Mission 2020 - Urgent Climate Action
Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: Topics
Comics Uniting Nations -- making the Sustainable Development Goals accessible to the citizens of the world through comics
How to teach the UN's development goals, and why - British Council
Sustainable Goals UNA-UK
Child friendly learning materials | 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development | UNICEF
Global Weirding with Katherine Hayhoe YouTube
Nine charts to show why the G20 matters for climate change.
Our Work, The Elders (an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights)
Global Citizen
UNIDO | United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Topics: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform -- Topics
The World We Want - A Future For All - A child-friendly version of the
Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals | All you need to know | The Guardian

United Nations Development Programme - UNDP has published a great overview booklet on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals!
Download this educational tool at http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/corporate/sustainable-development-goals-booklet

Sustainable Development Goals: Changing the World in 17 Steps - interactive | Global Development | The Guardian



Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Dollar Street - See How People Really Live
David Suzuki Foundation Home, One Nature
SDG Knowledge Hub - Daily SDG News
UN and Climate Change
UN Climate Change Newsroom
Sustainable Energy for All Forum
UNDP: Sustainable Development Goals
MY World: The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World
UN Foundation -- What we do -- Post 2015 Development Agenda
IPS -- Inter Press Service News Agency
DEVEX -- International Development News
Sustainable Business | The Guardian
Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming


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The following Committees will be role-played at GEMUN '19:

Please note that the order of precedence of the topics is not indicated by the order in which they are listed. All topics are equally deserving of the attention of the committees. It makes the debate MUCH more interesting if all topics are covered. There have been times where half or most of the resolutions submitted are on the same topic, and after one or two of these resolutions are debated, the others receive little interest from the committee. Try to make your resolution an interesting and creative solution.

General Assembly (Topics in GA: Nuclear Nonproliferation; Access to Sustainable Resources; Global Gender Equality; Strengthening The United Nations; Persecution of Minority Groups; Making Heavy Industry Paris Compliant (Milestone 5); Educational Resources in Developing Nations; Decarbonizing Buildings and Infrastructure (Milestone 2); Open Agenda)

Security Council (SC Topics: Peace and Security in Africa; Efforts to Reduce Cyber Terrorism in the Global Community; Reunification of the Korean Peninsula; Prevention of an arms race in outer space; Terrorism in Middle East & Asia; The Rohingya Crisis; Destabilization of Nations through the Effects of Climate Change; Open Agenda -- all issues of security and international peace)

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC Topics: Development of Areas Affected by Natural Disasters; Debt in Underdeveloped and Developing Nations; Renewing globalization to improve well-being; Internet Access and Sustainability; Investment in Climate Action (Milestone 6); Zero Emission Transport (Milestone 3); Sustainable Development and Cultural Rights; Open Agenda)

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP Topics: Marine Ecosystems; Sustainable agricultural practices (Milestone 4); Environmental disasters and cleanup; Biosafety; Extractives vs. Renewable Energy Resources (Milestone 1); Waste Control; Forest Protection and Regulation (Milestone 4); Open Agenda)

Human Rights Council (HRC Topics: Rights of Indigenous People; Human Trafficking; The Death Penalty; Workers' Rights and Unions; Human Rights in the Digital Age; The Right to Health; Protection for Refugees; Open Agenda)

World Health Organization (WHO Topics: Health Consequences of Climate Change; Reducing Socioeconomic Inequality in Healthcare; Water related illnesses; Maternal and Women's Health; Cancer; Mental Health; Vaccine availability; Open Agenda)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF Topics: Children's Rights; Child Immunization; Humanitarian Action for Children; Children Affected by Natural Disasters; Child Malnutrition; Child Protection; Early Childhood Development; Open Agenda)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO Topics: Child Labor in Agriculture; Feeding 10 billion people by 2050; Food Waste Reduction; Women in Agriculture; Sustainable Packaging of Food; Providing Healthy Nutrition for Malnourished Children; Hunger in Displaced People; Open Agenda)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW Topics: Access to Education for Girls; Ending Violence Against Young Women and Girls; Treatment of Women Before the Law; Increasing Female Involvement in Politics and Peace; Women's Economic Empowerment; Protection of the Rights of Female Refugees; Rights of Indigenous Women; Open Agenda)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA Topics: Food Irradiation; Nuclear Installation Safety; Financing and Managing Nuclear Energy Risks; Nuclear Techniques in Preventing and Treating Diseases; Cancer Care and Control; Protection in Uranium Mining; Nuclear Energy Supply and Demand; Open Agenda)

Country Information/News/Miscellaneous

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General Assembly (GA)

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Security Council (SC)

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Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

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Human Rights Council (HRC)

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United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

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World Health Organization (WHO)


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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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Country Info/News/Miscellaneous


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