Committees

  • African Union

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Combatting and preventing further instability in the Sahel Region
    • Mitigating the socio-political issues created by the shrinking of Lake Chad
    • Finding ways to rebuild Sudan after the humanitarian crises that resulted from the recent civil war

    Contact: african_union@busun.org

  • Arab League

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Preserving rights and lives of protesters in all regions with a focus on those controlled by authoritarian regimes
    • Increasing the availability of clean drinking water in rural areas
    • Finding resolution to the ongoing war in Yemen as well as protecting the Yemeni civilians affected by the war and creating plans to help the country rebuild the infrastructure that has been destroyed in the course of the war

    Contact: arab_league@busun.org

  • Development Programme (UNDP)

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Creating educational infrastructures that allow children from the non-formal education systems of refugee camps to be incorporated into public schooling systems
    • Finding ways of incorporating cost-effective sustainability into development projects, especially in developing nations
    • Breaking the poverty trap in Sub-Saharan countries using micro finance and alternative finance schemes

    Contact: undp@busun.org

  • Disarmament and International Security

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Taking measures to prevent the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction by non-state actors, with a focus on the Islamic State
    • Finding ways to combat crime rates and death tolls associated with international drug trafficking
    • Preventing the development and proliferation of biological weapons

    Contact: disec@busun.org

  • Economic and Social Council

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Finding targeted methods of attacking the main actors and opportunities which allow ISIL to gain funding
    • Incentivizing private corporations to operate in more sustainable ways in order to mitigate the effects they have on the environment
    • Stopping drug cartels and organized crime networks from achieving global influence/becoming global enterprises

    Contact: ecosoc@busun.org

  • Environmental Assembly

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Developing sustainable methods of toxic waste disposal
    • Finding ways to meet the growing energy demands in developing nations in a sustainable manner
    • Improving "conservation-as-development" practices in resource-rich developing regions

    Contact: environmental_assembly@busun.org

  • European Union

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Evaluating and amending current policies in regards to the Russian threat and it’s effects on member states
    • Further developing and implementing sources of clean energy in an effort to meet the 2020 goal
    • Ensuring unity within the Union with a focus on the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s succession

    Contact: european_union@busun.org

  • GA Plenary

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Creating preventative measures to ensure the protection of refugees of climate change
    • Deciding who will take the responsibility for the difficulties these people are faced with
    • Creating protocols for the protection of human rights of these refugees
    • Increasing the availability of information to those in developing countries through increased freedom of the press and access to technology

    Contact: plenary@busun.org

  • High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR)

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Aiding those impacted by organized crime in the Northern Triangle
    • Creating a plan for winterization of refugee camps
    • Finding ways to mitigate the loss of life and livelihoods of refugees fleeing through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe

    Contact: unhcr@busun.org

  • Human Rights Council

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Protecting the fundamental human right of freedom of religion and thought with a focus on the Xinjiang/Uighur conflict in China
    • Improving the livelihoods of Haitian refugees living in the Amazon area
    • The protection of journalists working in crisis situations or under authoritarian regimes

    Contact: hrc@busun.org

  • Security Council

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Developing International Systems to Cooperate Against Terror (DISCAT)
    • Finding solutions to the Israeli expansion into Palestinian territories

    Contact: sc@busun.org

  • Special Political and Decolonization Committee

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Creating protocols to ensure international cooperation in space exploration and use
    • Ensuring the socio-economic well-being of residents of all Non-Self-Governing Territories

    Contact: specpol@busun.org

  • UN Women

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Combatting high child marriage rates with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Finding ways to mitigate the “feminization of poverty”
    • Finding targeted solutions to the widespread practices of honor killings in South Asia

    Contact: un_women@busun.org

  • World Health Organisation

    Background Guide

    Topics:

    • Protecting people from diseases that result from air and water pollution
    • Creating protocols for disease prevention and treatment in Humanitarian crises with a focus on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
    • Creating protocols for how to target the development of drug resistance with a focus on Malaria treatments

    Contact: who@busun.org

  • 1848, March 15th

    Orchestrated by Prince Clemens von Metternich of Austria, the “Concert of Europe” following the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was a restoration of absolute monarchies and conservative domination after Napoleon’s tumultuous fall at Waterloo. In January of 1848, nearly 30 years of liberal and ethnic discontent exploded into a new French revolution that precipitated calls for independence within the vast holdings of the Austrian empire and demands for the resignation of Metternich himself. Now, hearing of revolution in Paris, the Diet of Hungary calls for a new constitution, while the Kingdom of Sardinia begins to move against the Austrian empire in Northern Italy. Will central Europe erupt in violence and full revolution? Will the conservative government subjugate any dissent with overwhelming military force? Or will a compromise between the state and a new wave of liberalism reimagine the foundation of the Austrian Empire?

    Contact: 1848@busun.org

    Committees:

    Imperial Vienna

    Background Guide

    Contact: vienna@busun.org

    First Hungarian Diet

    Background Guide

    Contact: hungarian_diet@busun.org

    Piedmontese Cabinet

    Background Guide

    Contact: piedmontese_cabinet@busun.org

  • Arab Spring 2011: Egyptian Protests

    Following years of political instability, widespread unrest, and government-backed oppression across the Arab world, protests have erupted within Tunisia. Nearby observers have been watching cautiously, understanding the contagious nature of this unrest within the Arab world. Egypt in particular - with its years of extended political oppression, disaffected youth, and widespread discontent - seems vulnerable to the same form of conflict. Understanding this, civilian groups have rapidly begun to organize while the government has only further entrenched itself. Delegates, working together across four committees, will be tasked with navigating this tense political climate in order to determine Egypt’s future.

    Contact: arab_spring@busun.org

    Committees:

    Gulf States

    Background Guide

    Contact: saudi_uae@busun.org

    Egyptian Government / Military

    Background Guide

    Contact: egypt_gov@busun.org

    Egyptian Protesters in Tahir Square

    Background Guide

    Contact: tahir@busun.org

    Society of the Muslim Brothers

    Background Guide

    Contact: muslim_brothers@busun.org

  • New Cuban Government, 1960

    Before the rise of Cold War tensions the United States and Cuba were heavily intertwined, with a large American tourism and casino industry in Havana as well as cultural influences constantly imported into Cuba from the United States. Yet, the complex relationship was also characterized by control of the United States over the economy and politics of Cuba, such as the lingering Platt Amendment that gave the United States powers of intervention. This neo-imperialism, as the Cubans saw it, was one of the crucial factors in the Cuban Revolution, when Fidel Castro led the movement to overthrow Fulgencio Batista and establish a socialist state. Despite the possibility of cooperation the rising tide of Cold War conflict would transform the American Cuban relationship into one of the tensest of the century. Delegates in this committee will have to decide how to balance commitment to ideology with economic necessities while avoiding the escalation of conflict in the Caribbean.

    Contact: cuban_gov@busun.org

    Committees:

    Cuba

    Background Guide

    Contact: cuba@busun.org

    United States (Cuban Crisis)

    Background Guide

    Contact: us@busun.org

  • Cabinet of César Gaviria, Colombia 1992

    The late 1980s in Colombia were characterized by brutal violence from guerrilla movements, paramilitary groups, and drug cartels. A decline in economic growth, increasing terror attacks, and continuing drug trade violence left political institutions in precarious conditions. The election of 1990 was plagued by the bombing of El Espectador, the explosion of Avianca’s Flight 203, and the assassination of three presidential candidates. This committee will follow the reform of Colombia’s century-old Constitution in order to address the social, political, and economic unrest of the country in 1992.

    Background Guide

    Contact: cesar_gaviria@busun.org

  • Legislative Assembly of Singapore 1961

    Singapore is widely regarded as a successful story of a country going ‘from Third World to First’, but this outcome was far from inevitable. In the turmoil of decolonization, Singapore faced numerous challenges. Racial violence, merger with Malaysia, Indonesian aggression, the British withdrawal, mass unemployment and its place in the ideological struggle of the Cold War were major hurdles along the path of its development to its present-day status of a global, cosmopolitan metropolis. Delegates will walk in the shoes of major political leaders in early 1960s Singapore, charting the course of the fledgling city-state.

    Background Guide

    Contact: singapore@busun.org