Committees

ATSMUN 2018 strikes a fine balance between the simulation of some standard UN Committees and other International or Regional Organisations.

In order to empower delegates to make the most out of their participation, the committees of the third edition of ATSMUN  are ranked in three levels, suitable for newcomers, intermediate and advanced delegates. However, this distinction is neither definite nor binding. It ultimately comes down to the Advisor’s or the delegates’ discretion to deem which committee suits their interests and skills best. The ranking of the committees into different levels is based on assessing the objective difficulty and complexity of their respective agenda.

On the basis of the feedback we received in ATSMUN 2017, we added a new Committee to our simulation list, The Young Delegates Forum ( YDF ), particularly aimed at very young participants ( I.g. First or Second class of Secondary School ). It is a fictional Forum with its own agenda items and simplified rules of procedure. Yet, participants will still be representing countries in a formal MUN style debate.

Participation in the YDF is not mandatory. If your allocated country has a seat in the said committee but there are no delegates wishing to take it, then this seat will be reassigned.

Example: Your assigned country is Afghanistan, which is represented by 6 delegates ( 4 in GA committees, 1 in the ECOSOC, 1 in the YDF ). Provided that there are no delegates requesting a seat in the YDF, Afghanistan will be represented by 5 delegates ( 4 in GA committees, 1 in the ECOSOC ). The extra delegate can be assigned with another representation or be integrated in a different delegation of your School.

Below, you can find the committees under each category. For certain committees, extra information is being provided.

 

Committees for newcomers

Social Cultural and Humanitarian Committee ( SoCuHum )

United Nations Environment Programme ( UNEP ): A UN Agency concerned with environmental issues

World Health Organisation Executive Board ( WHO EB ): The World Health Organisation is a specialised Agency of the United Nations which is concerned with international public health. Within its administrative structure one could find a legislative body, the World Health Assembly, and an executive one, the Executive Board ( EB ). The EB is comprised by 34 members, technically qualified in the field of health, serving three-year terms. The main functions of the Board are to carry out the decisions and policies of the Assembly, to advise it and to facilitate its work.

The ATSMUN WHO EB is concerned with responding to epidemics and promoting medical research in Africa and Asia. No special knowledge of medicine is, of course, required. The only prerequisite for participation is to be an enthusiastic delegate ( maybe a wannabe doctor ), eager to be part of a challenging, yet very special forum full of surprises.

Young Delegates Forum ( YDF )

 

Committees for intermediate delegates

Special Political and Decolonisation Committee ( SpecPol )

Disarmament and International Security Committee ( DiSec )

Union of South American Nations ( USAN ): This year’s highlighted regional organization will get you to brush up your Spanish and Portuguese ( The official language in ATSMUN is English though). The USAN is a relatively young organisation of 12 South American Nations with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela being amongst them. It has its own rules of procedure and 2 intriguing agenda items, the situation in Venezuela and how to deal with the new Pablo Escobars of Latin America. 

Economic and Social Council ( ECOSOC )

World Health Organisation Executive Board ( WHO EB ): The World Health Organisation is a specialised Agency of the United Nations which is concerned with international public health. Within its administrative structure one could find a legislative body, the World Health Assembly, and an executive one, the Executive Board ( EB ). The EB is comprised by 34 members, technically qualified in the field of health, serving three-year terms. The main functions of the Board are to carry out the decisions and policies of the Assembly, to advise it and to facilitate its work.

The ATSMUN WHO EB is concerned with responding to epidemics and promoting medical research in Africa and Asia. No special knowledge of medicine is, of course, required. The only prerequisite for participation is to be an enthusiastic delegate ( maybe a wannabe doctor ), eager to be part of a challenging, yet very special forum full of surprises.

 

Committees for advanced delegates

Legal Committee ( LC )

Economic and Social Council ( ECOSOC )

Security Council ( SC ): The Crown Jewel of ATSMUN. Last year’s simulation received 95% positive feedback as it functioned on the basis of the real UN SC rules of procedure and we intend to do exactly the same in ATSMUN 2018! It is going to be a unique experience for all the participating delegates.

Historical Crisis Committee ( HCC ): Another innovative forum of ATSMUN 2018. If you want to feel what a crisis committee in some of the world’s largest MUNs looks like, then the HCC is the right place for you! The year is 1959 and comandante Fidel Castro has just entered Havana, ousting dictator Batista and establishing a communist regime in Cuba. The participants of the HCC will get a chance to represent personalities like Castro, Kruschev, Eisenhower, Tito of Yugoslavia, Charles de Gaulle as well as Mao Zedong and literally rewrite history. It will be full of crises, tensions, real world politics and decision making, even war!

The EU – UK Brexit Negotiations Board: In ATSMUN 2018, we are setting the scene of the Brexit talks a couple of hundreds of kilometers south of Brussels, in Patras. As PM May’s “Strong and Stable Britain” vision is met with conflicting EU demands, the participants of the ATSMUN Brexit Negotiations Board must address two key questions which are vital for the UK’s post Brexit course: Could the UK remain in the common market and secondly could it reach a security deal with the EU?