Click HERE for the MUN Introductory topic guide.
The Model United Nations Introductory Committee (MUNIC) was established in 2015 to give beginning Model UN delegates an opportunity to learn and practice debate and parliamentary procedure in a smaller, teaching environment. MUNIC does not have a set category of topics, therefore each year the committees represented and the type of issues addressed change in order for new delegates to explore different aspects of the UN’s work. This year, MUNIC will be discussing topics from the World Health Organization, the Disarmament and International Security Committee, and the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee.
Topic A: WHO | Preventing the Spread of Foodborne Diseases
Foodborne diseases ravage populations in every region of the world, infecting 700 million people globally. Impacted by cultural practices, culinary habits, and even state stability, these diseases are not easily eradicated and are spreading at an alarming rate, needing to be addressed immediately.
Topic B: DISEC | Assessing the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
In 1970, the first large-scale comprehensive UN legislation entered force: The Non-Proliferation Treaty. Created with the intent of addressing the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, the disarmament of nuclear stockpiles, and the creation of peaceful nuclear energy, the NPT has not been successful in its mission forty years later. As the risk of nuclear weapon use grows, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons becomes even more critical.
Topic C: SOCHUM | Combating Sex Tourism
Defined as “trips organized…with the primary purpose of effecting a commercial sexual relationship by the tourist with residents at the destination,” sex tourism has created horrific humanitarian problems that have arisen from the intertwining of national economies and prostitution. Sexual activity has historically been considered a state-specific issue, but the advent of sex tourism created an industry that transcends national boundary, affecting many countries and many of their industries, which is why sex tourism must be addressed by SOCHUM.
Matthew Davis, MUNIC Chair
1) What are your hobbies?
Drinking Coke Zero, reading books about the Supreme Court, cooking, eating my cooking... and taking BuzzFeed quizzes.
2) Why do you participate in Model UN?
Because I love to passive-aggressively question delegates, and walking around in Western business attire is exhilaratingly ego-inflating.
3) What would your theme song be?
The entire Shrek soundtrack. And Hamilton.
4) What is your favorite quote?
“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence, and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” ― Michael Scott
“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” - Michael Scott
5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?
The utterly thrilling chaos that is General Committee.