Committees and Topic Guides

Click on the banners below to get more information about individual committees and to access their topic guides. Make sure to have taken a look at the Delegate Handbook before you begin to research and write.

Advanced Committees

Economic and Financial

Topic: Revitalization of the Gaza Strip

The Economic and Financial committee serves as the Second Committee in the United Nations General Assembly. It is tasked with decreasing economic burdens on nations and securing a stable economic system for the citizens of the world. During the current session, responsibilities include macroeconomic policy, global growth, sustainable development, and helping to increase commodity and capital commerce across borders.

Click HERE for the ECOFIN Topic Guide.

United Nations Environment Programme

Topic: Toxin Accumulation in Crops

The United Nations Environment Programme is the leading global environmental authority. UNEP sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations, and serves as an authoritative advocate on behalf of the global environment. It also oversees issues regarding the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, environmental governance and green economy.

Click HERE for the UNEP Topic Guide

Introductory Committees

Disarmament and International Security

Topic: Weaponization of Drones

The Disarmament and International Security Committee is the first committee of the United Nations General Assembly. This committee is tasked with seeking out threats to the peace and stability of the international community, as well as the disarmament of nuclear weapons and small arms. DISEC also works alongside several other notable international organizations, including the Conference on Disarmament and the UN Disarmament Commission.

Click HERE for the DISEC topic guide

Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural

Topic: Assessing Environmental Migrants

The Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Committee is concerned with the examination of human rights and fundamental freedoms along with their social implications. Through these practices, it is meant to protect minority groups as well as promote the abolition of systematic oppression in various contexts. While it lacks the ability to enact international legislation, its role is largely defined by the aid it is delegated to provide. SHSMUN’s SOCHUM serves as an environment in which new and experienced delegates alike work cohesively toward solutions for the wide array of issues facing the committee. In this way, Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian debate benefits a large range of experience levels.

Click HERE for the SOCHUM topic guide.

Special Political and Decolonization

Topic: Preserving Internet Freedom

The Special Political and Decolonization Committee is the organ of the General Assembly that has the responsibility of addressing the most varied and, in some cases, delicate situations that the United Nations faces. Some of these responsibilities include decolonization efforts, matters regarding outer space, atomic radiation, the University for Peace, Palestinian refugees, and international conflicts that have not escalated to the point of Security Council intervention.

Click HERE for the SPECPOL topic guide.


Topic: Norm of Non-Intervention

The Sixth Committee is the primary international forum for the consideration of legal questions, and it promotes a progressive development of international law.

Click HERE for the Legal topic guide.

World Health Organization

Topic: Vector Borne Diseases

The World Health Organization is one of the primary international medical bodies. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, WHO is responsible for improving global medical systems, providing guidance and information on diseases and public health issues, creating model plans for medical systems and emergency situations, and setting the global health agenda. WHO’s goal is to ensure healthy futures for all global citizens by promoting healthy lifestyles and combatting diseases.

Click HERE for the WHO topic guide.