Committees and Topic Guides

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Advanced Committees

Disarmament and International Security

Topic: Riot Control Agents in Chemical Warfare

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

World Health Organization

Topic: The Access Gap in the Commercialization of Medical Technologies

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 combating diseases.

Click HERE for the WHO topic guide.

UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Topic: Corruption in Prison Systems

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime is a UN specialized agency tasked with the responsibility of countering international crime and illicit drugs. The UNODC serves as the primary global force in crime prevention, criminal justice reform, terrorism prevention, anti-corruption initiatives, as well as technical assistance and alternative development programmes.

Click HERE for the UNEP Topic Guide

Introductory Committees


Topic: Application of International Law to Cyberwarfare

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

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UN Environment Programme

Topic: Sustainable Development of Water Infrastructure

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.

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Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural

Topic: Examining Child Rights in Conflict Areas

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. At SHSMUN, 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.

UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

Topic: Preserving Traditional Medical Knowledge

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization pursues peace through the unity of human morals and reason in five major program areas: education, the natural sciences, the social/human sciences, culture, and communication/information. UNESCO wants to bring nations together by mobilizing for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation, and protecting freedom of expression.

Click HERE for the UNESCO topic guide.