Specialised Committees

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Committee description: Established in 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency aims to “promote and control the atom”* by encouraging the development of peaceful applications of nuclear technology, preventing the use of nuclear technology for military purposes, and safeguarding the people and facilities that handle fissionable material. This committee will explore modern-day issues related to the mission of the IAEA and work to address them through collaborative resolutions. Several aspects of the 21st century such as heightened concerns about global warming, terrorism, and a shifting geopolitical atmosphere as well as the unique dual nature of nuclear technology will require delegates to be especially creative and strategic when crafting solutions to this increasingly important international issue.

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Topic A: Military Applications of Nuclear Technology

Topic B: Peaceful Applications of Nuclear Technology

UN Security Council (UNSC)

Committee Description: The UN Security Council is broadly tasked with maintaining world peace.  As the only UN body with binding power, the Security Council is the most influential committee in the United Nations.  States in this committee will be expected to not only represent their national interests but bear the responsibility of crafting practical solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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Topic A: Global Pandemics

Topic B: Removing UN Peacekeepers from Cyprus

Arab League

Committee Description: The Arab League consists of 22 countries where Arabic is spoken, including much of the Middle East and North Africa. Originally designed as a way of coordinating Arab nations’ policies, it now serves as a forum for discussing a variety of issues affecting the region. More recently, it has become active in demanding action from governments in Libya and Syria. This committee will discuss two complex problems in the region today in their societal, economic, and political dimensions.

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Topic A: Female participation in the labor market

Topic B: The situation in Libya

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

Committee Description: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) aims to ensure that all human beings are treated the way they deserve to be treated while making sure everyone has equal rights. It issues mandates to thematic working groups, special rapporteurs, and country rapporteurs, which help to monitor compliance with or abuses of certain treaties. The role of UNHRC has always been extremely important and its need is still rising. This committee at McKenna MUN aims to address the issue of human trafficking as a part of ‘modern slavery’ and the rights of indigenous people.

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Topic A:  Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: Protecting human rights

Topic B: Discrimination against Indigenous people(s) and their human rights.

2008 Financial Crisis

Committee Description: Delegates will represent key members of the Federal Reserve, President Obama’s Cabinet, executive-level employees of banks, and other key stakeholders in order to resolve aspects of the Great Recession and maintain stability in the American economy. This committee, which is meant for advanced delegates, will incorporate crisis-like elements while maintaining GA-style parliamentary procedure.

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Organization of American States (OAS)

Committee Description: This committee is a meeting of the OAS, a regional body of states in North, Central, and South America as well as the Caribbean. The main pillars of the OAS are: prioritizing human rights, security, development, and democracy. Keeping these values in mind, the OAS often drafts multilateral treaties and mediates conflicts to promote regional stability. In this session, the OAS will confer on the Venezuelan economic crisis that is currently devastating the nation.

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Topic: Venezuelan Economic Crisis

G20 2025

Committee Description: The G20 is a collection of 19 nations & the EU that in an informal forum discuss international cooperation on financial and economic issues. These countries make up approximately 80% of the Gross World Product. Delegates in this committee will take on the role of the heads of state or government of their respective G20 country in the year 2025 as they attempt to solve the impending economic concern that automation poses.

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