All Specialized Agencies are Single Delegation Committees
Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) (Bilingual Committee)
CEPAL (Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe) was founded in 1948 as one of the five regional committees of the United Nations. Its main goal is to contribute to the economic growth and development growth of Latin America. As such, issues of social development and drug related corruption and instability are presently a main focus for CEPAL. Delegates, you must leverage your international roots and flex your linguistic skills to solve today's contemporary issues in Latin America.
National Basketball Association (NBA): League's Owners Meeting
The National Basketball Association (NBA) Executives Meeting will be a meeting with the League’s Owners and other top-level executives. As basketball continues to expand as a global game with a surplus of young, incredibly talented athletes, it is no surprise that revenue streams, salary caps, media attention, and profits are at all-time highs. This specialized committee will focus on addressing two of the controversial issues facing our league: Reforming the One-and-Done Rule and Development League (D-League) Expansion. It is up to you executives to come up with creative solutions that will protect the integrity of our game and be appreciated by not only our players, but the millions of fans across the globe. Be prepared for passionate, fun, and energetic debate will even the possibility of a crisis twist thrown in!
The United States Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan Every year, hundreds of mayors from all over the nation gather to brainstorm and adopt policy positions that collectively represent the views of America's cities -- and influence decisions by Congress and the President. Founded in 1932, during the wake of the Great Depression, the United States Conference of Mayors has shaped contemporary urban policy and important legislation; it helped increase federal revenue-sharing and block grants in the 1970s, and it tailored the Recovery Act of 2009 ("stimulus bill") to include thousands of new infrastructure projects.
As elected leaders of the nation's most populous cities, delegates must address critical issues that directly impact their constituents. This committee will examine several problems within the two broad topics of economic development and criminal and social justice, from infrastructure overhaul to police reform. Additionally, with federal-city relations reaching an all-time low and many cities in fragile fiscal health, delegates will find their job quite challenging, to say the least.
Post-Arab Spring: The Tunisa Conference
In December 2010, Tunisia sparked the string of Arab protests and demonstrations leading to what is known as the Arab Spring. After three years of tension and violence, Tunisia's state of emergency was lifted, and it began to rebuild economically, socially, militarily, and politically in order to stabilize the nation. This committee will address the effects of the Arab Spring: reformulating and bettering its infrastructure, present-day responses to radicalism and insurgency, arguments for and against democracy, and border security in relation to refugees and various forms of trafficking.
The National Congress of the American Indian: Denver, 1944
The United States throughout history has practiced damaging and unjust policies towards the Indian Tribes within its borders. Removal, warfare and allotment policies brought tribes into the 20th century, where they continued to experience assimilation in boarding schools, in land grabs, and in cultural genocide. While the 1932 Indian Civil Rights Act spurred increased organization and governance structure for tribes, this committee begins at the dawn of the greatest threat to Native sovereignty yet: Termination.
The National Congress of the American Indians met for the first time in Denver in 1944 to respond to Termination, a stance initiated to disband "civilized" tribes and literally terminate all treaty rights. Delegates will represent tribal council leaders who will meet to discuss the mission and constitution of NCAI, a national American Indian response to Termination, and other policies relevant to 20th century tribal sovereignty.
This committee is unique in its treatment of Native issues. In 1944, committee members are still representing a time where some tribal leaders are college-educated, some are lawyers or businessmen, and leaders are closer to present-day diplomats than to hereditary, warrior, or spiritual leaders of the 19th century. Delegates should keep this in mind, and also be prepared to delve into sensitive issues of real racial and civic unrest with tactfulness and respect. While delegates will be rewarded for thorough research and thoughtfulness, the Chair understands that this topic area is unfamiliar to most, and encourages an open-minded response to this academic exercise.
3rd United States Constitutional Convention: 2019
Article V of the US Constitution allows two ways to propose Constitutional amendments. Congress can propose an amendment, provided it has two-thirds support in each chamber, and 38 of the 50 states (3/4) must ratify it, to make it law. Alternatively, the states may call on Congress to form a constitutional convention to propose amendments. They are required to do so if 34 (2/3) states pass resolutions in their legislative bodies to call a convention.
The year is 2019. Democrats targeted many seats in the House, and made significant gains during the midterms. However, their gains came at a cost. They lost their weak foothold on some of the last remaining Democratic controlled state legislatures. Two-thirds of the states, mostly states with Republican controlled state legislatures, have passed resolutions calling for the Third United States Constitutional Convention. Congress is compelled to uphold these demands, pursuant to Article V.
At a time of political polarization like no other time in American history, except perhaps for the Civil War, states must send their delegates to the Third Constitutional Convention, charged with forging new amendments, repealing old ones, or perhaps, deciding to abolish the current constitution and write a new one. What should be addressed first? Shall we try to limit the power of the current president who many think is unfit and unstable to lead the country? Is the electoral college system still the best way to determine the presidency? What should be said about immigration in the Constitution? What will the fate of gun control be? These and more are some of the challenges that you will be tasked with during the convention. However, the entire situation is in your hands. These few issues are by no means exhaustive or comprehensive.
It shall be up to the delegates of the convention to decide the fate of America and the governing document that has been the foundation of the strongest democracy in modern times. The law of the land, and the very essence of freedom and democracy are in your very capable hands, delegates. Use your power wisely and prepare for a tough fight.
The Global Food Summit: 2017
Despite global agricultural yields exceeding the planet’s needs by one and a half times, roughly 11 percent of the world’s population remains undernourished. In the next three decades, analysts predict that food insecurity will become a global crisis augmented by climate change and climate change-induced migration phenomena. This body has been gathered to devise an actionable plan to increase the sustainability of global agricultural endeavors in order to meet the needs of a growing population and to offset the challenges posed by accelerated rural migration. In attendance will be representatives from nation states, independent non-governmental organizations, citizen interest groups, and corporations, all of whom play a unique and significant role in the management and mobilization of food and labor resources across the planet. Every seat at our table represents a different set of interests, priorities, and goals. Some are founded in the interests of national security, some in a commitment to human rights, and others in a dedication to a wide profit margin. A comprehensive solution to food insecurity cannot be realized without the active participation of all those present. It will not be easy, and many challenges lie ahead. The world is watching as the Global Food Summit convenes to address some of the most difficult, yet most pressing, obligations of the twenty-first century.