Committees 2017

Historical Security Council

As one of the United Nation’s principal organs, the UN Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. Under the UN Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

During BerlInMUN 2017, we will simulate two historical Security Council sessions, meaning that delegates will be able to travel back in time and try to solve historical conflicts themselves, and – who knows – maybe change history!

Topics:

Crisis in Rwanda 1994

“Divided we stand, united we fall!” – the Cyprus dispute 1974

 

North Atlantic Council

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the principal political decision-making body within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). It brings together high-level representatives of each member country to discuss policy or operational questions requiring collective decisions and provides a forum for wide-ranging consultation between members on all issues affecting their peace and security.

Topics:

The Question of NATO Expansion – A Review of the Alliance’s Global Partnerships

NATO and Emerging Threats in the 21st Century: Hybrid Warfare

 

European Council

The European Council brings together EU leaders to set the EU’s political agenda. It represents the highest level of political cooperation between EU countries. The European Council decides on the EU’s overall direction, and sets the Union’s political priorities.

Topics:

Shaping of the Future China – European Union Relations

60 Years of Rome: The Future of the European Union

 

COP 23 – Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017 of the UNFCCC Parties

The United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force in 1994 and now has a near-universal membership of 196 countries. The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation.

The 2015, COP21 in Paris proved historic, as a legally binding global climate target was agreed by all 196 member parties with the aim of capping climate change well below two degrees of warming. In November 2016, the so-called Paris Agreement entered into force – with signatory countries officially tasked with developing strong low carbon strategies, driving the partnerships and funding opportunities to accelerate its concrete implementation.

In November 2017, COP23 will be held in Bonn, Germany – but as a delegate of BerlInMUN 2017, you will be able to already test the waters and simulate the Sustainable Innovation Forum in August 2017!

Topics:

Reviewing and Improving Carbon Emission Trade

Development of Renewable Energy Technology in Developing Countries

 

Arctic Council

The Arctic Council, established in 1996, is the only multilateral body that deals exclusively with the Arctic region. The high level intergovernmental forum provides means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, with the involvement of the Arctic Indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants.

The Arctic Council deals with a wide range of topics concerning the Arctic region, including protection of the environment, conserving biodiversity, sustainable development, protection of health, social and cultural issues and climate policy.

Topics:

Commercial Shipping Routes through the Arctic Region

Minority Rights and Arctic Environmental Protection

 

International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN). It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946.

The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.

During BerlInMUN 2017, delegates will discuss one adversary case before the ICJ, encompassing issues connected to personal immunity of state officials and Treaty interpretation.

 

BerlInMUN News Agency

The BerlInMUN News Agency (BNA) is BerlInMUN’s news organ. Led by two editors, a team of journalists will report on the heated debates of the committee sessions, and everything that happens around it. You are a good observer and have fun providing others with information (and gossip)? Apply now as a journalist through our Delegate Application form!