Click HERE for the General Committee topic guide.
The General Committee (GC) debates the resolutions produced by all committees other than the Security Council and MUNIC. The General Committee decides which resolutions will move on to General Assembly and suggests amendments as it sees fit. The General Committee is unique to SHSMUN because of its significance to the very structure of the conference and its ability to ensure complex and quality debate on the topics.
The General Committee has no set topics. Instead, GC delegates must be acquainted with all the topics at the conference. When reviewing resolutions, delegates must know their country’s position on every topic and be able to articulate effectively which resolutions should pass.
Since SHSMUN 2015, the General Committee has been elevated to a tier matching that of the Security Council. Delegates must be adept at research, parliamentary procedure, and understanding other countries’ various policies in order to advance their country’s positions on all thirty topics; therefore, we strongly suggest delegations send one of their more experienced delegates to the General Committee. During the first few committee sessions, instead of the standard mock debate, the committee will use the time before other committees pass resolutions to draft a “Pre-Resolution Flood Outline,” in which all thirty topics will be sorted into one of three categories: High, Mid, or Low Priority. This outline will be used as a reference to open debate on specific topics when resolutions arrive from other committees.
Karlyn Simcox, General Committee President
1. ) Why do you participate in Model UN?
The crux of Model UN will always be the people that make it whole. After all, the paradigm of a four year delegate is one that comes for the dynamic debate but stays for the wide array of people that make that debate extraordinary. This has been the case for me in the most intricate and wild of ways, and it will keep me connected to Model UN long past my tenure on SHSMUN staff.
2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?
I am a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos because I make a ridiculous amount of noise when it is most inconvenient and am seasoned just enough to be considered spicy by a few.
3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?
On my second morning of chairing SOCHUM 2017, Krista Nolan (WHO 2017) desperately tried to shake me awake. When I finally came to, she informed me that she had asked me if I was up, and I had responded instead by beginning to chair a pro-con debate in my sleep.
4.) If your life was a book what would the title be?
The Little Book of Puns: Volume 2
5.)What's your favorite quote?