Crisis operates under a completely different format from regular Model UN committees, with delegates representing individuals organised into cabinets instead of states and simulating an historical event in real time. Crisis chairs will be chair-delegates, who act as Heads of Cabinets. The chair of a contemporary German cabinet in a Crisis simulation would play the role Angela Merkel, for example, whilst in said cabinet a delegate would play the role of a German minister, such as Wolfgang Schäuble. The intensity and fluidity of Crisis make it one of the most challenging committees for both chairs and delegates. In addition to being the first university-level MUN conference in the UK, Cambridge has also established a high reputation for Crisis with some of the most original and pioneering takes on this dynamic format.
The Security Council (UNSC) is the most powerful decision-making body of the UN. With fifteen members (five of them permanent, and ten of them non-permanent), the Security Council has for instance the power to authorise military intervention and international sanctions. The Security Council is a small committee for experienced delegates.
The Council of the European Union is the third of the seven institutions of the European Union (EU) as listed in the Treaty on European Union. It includes the 28 members of the EU and holds both executive and judicial power within the organisation.
The Negotiations Committee is a small committee for experienced delegates. It follows a different format to typical MUN committees, as it requires participants to take on a more active diplomatic role and try to achieve the best possible outcome, but also collaborate with the other diplomats to approach negotiations appropriately. This committee will be a simulation of the negotiations that took place between Iran, the P5 members of the Security Council, and the European Union in Vienna in 2015, which resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program.
On 25 April 1945, delegations representing 50 Allied Nations convened in San Francisco, United States of America to draft a charter creating an international body more effective than the League of Nations. During the conference, delegates participated in heated debates on diverse topics, from the Economic and Social Council to the prevention of use of force, to the Security Council, and to the Trusteeship System. CUIMUN XXIV will give delegates the opportunity to re-build the biggest and most influential intergovernmental organization in the world: the United Nations. Delegates in this committee will be taking part in a historical simulation, but not in the format of a Crisis Committee.
The Legal Committee is the sixth of the main committees in the United Nations General Assembly, primarily functioning to resolve legal questions in the General Assembly. All UN member states are entitled to representation in this committee, which will be catered towards delegates with intermediate experience.
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was be organized by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. This committee will simulate the conference in order to resolve important climate change issues.
The Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) is the second committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The committee was established with the rest of the General Assembly in 1945. Primarily, the committee aims to address issues related to economic growth and development with specific regard to macroeconomic policy questions, financing for development and globalisation and international trade.
The Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC) is the First Committee of the General Assembly which is concerned with matters relating to global security. As its name suggests, DISEC has one of the broadest mandates of any of the General Assembly’s six committees.
As the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect human rights for all, the Human Rights Committee leads global human rights efforts and speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide. They provide a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today’s human rights challenges, and act as the focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the UN system.
The United Nations Development Program is focused on promoting development around the world. UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. They help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its primary role is to coordinate cooperation of member states regarding international health issue. The WHO will be a large beginner-friendly committee.
UN Women is an entity of the United Nations dedicated to the empowerment of women and promotion of gender equality across member states. It works to set global standards of gender rights, ensuring that governments implement effective and truly beneficial changes.