UNISMUNC VIII: Conferences
The student-run conference of the United Nations School for students across the tri-state area, organized and hosted by the UNIS Model UN Club.
UNISMUNC's engaging committees are designed to encourage delegates to think critically about the past, present and future. Debate will encourage participants to remain open-minded and form compromises while remaining true to their position. All committees at our conference will challenge delegates to evaluate the crucial question: what can be done to create a better world?
Free Speech and Internet Censorship (GA)
Article 19 of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." This clause was written in 1948, when freedom of speech was limited to the physical world, with newspapers, posters, and assemblies. Since then, the rise of the internet has provided unparalleled communication abilities, and thereby created unlimited opportunities for openly sharing information and opinions.
In response, governments and international organizations across the world have attempted to control what can be accessed, published, and viewed on the internet. This is called internet censorship, and although it can serve beneficial purposes, such as preventing online access to harmful activities, if taken too far it can also act as a serious threat to freedom of speech and the fulfillment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Chairs: Nikhil Khemani and Estela Santos Torres
Education and Protection of Youth Affected by Armed Conflict (GA)
UNICEF or the United Nations Children's Fund is a program devoted to the improvement of health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children around the world. As said in UNICEF's mission statement, "UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential." UNICEF is one of the world's largest providers of vaccines and supports child health and nutrition as well as many other issues. UNICEF has the power to influence decision-makers, and with many of its partners, they can turn innovative ideas into action.
This committee faces the important and complicated issue of aiding youth in war-torn areas and in times of conflict. Around the world, armed conflicts continuously threaten the daily lives of youth, as one of the most basic rules of war, the protection of children, goes unabated. As countries find themselves in the middle of wars they are unable to cease, countless generations of children are affected, unable to obtain a fundamental right: the right to an education. This is mostly because most educational institutions have been destroyed, along with the countless attacks on children and teachers in these areas. Not only are children unable to obtain a stable education, but their futures are simultaneously completely erased.
Chair: Alexandra Riva
Dais: Sasha Liberman
Advancing Equality in the Workplace - The Gender Wage Gap (GA)
UN Women is a United Nations entity established in 2010 as part of the UN reform agenda. Their strategic priorities for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals for women and girls are: equality in governance systems, financial security and autonomy, freedom from violence, greater influence in sustainable development, and equal benefit from humanitarian action.
According to UN Women, gender equality is a basic human right that has enormous socio-economic ramifications. It fuels thriving economies, stimulates productivity and growth, and has enormous benefits for society at large. Yet, gender inequalities remain heavily ingrained in every society. In this committee, we will look at gender inequalities in the workplace, the lack of access to decent work, occupational segregation, and who is ultimately facing the gender wage gap.
Chair: Erica Liberman
Dais: Akari Tomita and Rachel Kim
Hostage Crisis in Tehran (Historical Specialized)
A mysterious organization has taken advantage of a newly post-Revolution Iran, trapping 15 countries and their constituents within the country. Worse, one of the countries is behind this mysterious organization. Countries must sneak, lie, and negotiate to free their citizens— while also finding out the identity of this nefarious country.
Chair: Ma-Sadio Faye
Dais: Rachel Kim
Back-logged, Blundering, Bankrupt: Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch
This committee will simulate the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company from "The Office", right after the company declares bankruptcy. From there, you as delegates will have total control over what happens next to the Scranton branch of our favorite stationery suppliers. Fans, non-fans, and non-viewers alike are invited to take part in what is sure to be a delightfully fast-paced committee!
Crisis Director: Maya Mukherjee
Chair: Aurica Muntean
Dais: Xuan Lan Tran
Star Wars – The Blockade of Naboo
Join this committee and delve into the exhilarating world of Star Wars with us! This committee combines the prequel trilogy into one big arc. Forces, both light and dark, are moving in the shadows, planning for a grand showdown. Tensions between factions of the Galactic Senate are brewing. The Galactic Senate implemented taxation in the Free Trade Zones, angering the Trade Federation. In return, a blockade on Naboo has been established. Separately, a mysterious entity known as the Confederacy of Independent Systems is gaining popularity among Outer Rim worlds, which have been largely neglected by the Senate. All delegates will play a crucial role in determining the future of the galaxy!
Director: Xiaozhou Xu
Chair: Matthew Tucker