Chair: Evan Bostrom Vice Chair: Nico Sommer
The United Nations General Assembly is the main representative and policy making body of the United Nations. The First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly is the body that creates resolutions on topics relating to the Disarmament and International Security (DISEC). DISEC’s proposals directly influence the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Secretariat and Non-Governmental Organizations. During this session of DISEC, the focus will be on the consequences of space development and the recognition of artificial intelligence. Discussion in the international committee has risen over regulating the privatization of space in order to prevent potential militarization. The increasing advancement of artificial intelligence has voice many concerns among the international community as this technology has the potential to disrupt labour markets and harm citizens. This year’s DISEC committee will have to confront both of these threats.
Chair: Jacob Schoifet Vice Chair: Nikhil Saggi
The United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is a quinquennial assembly functioning as a medium for information exchange and policymaking workshop under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Each session, the committee is formed a focus in mind, often pivoted towards novel issues since the last assembly and about topics generating attention within the UNODC branch. For this year’s iteration, CCPCJ will focus on the burgeoning adoption of drug cultivation and narcotrafficking and its usage to sustain organizations that facilitate regional instability and violence. Though this issue has been rooted with failed states for decades, drug production continues to serve as a means for groups to seize legitimacy and expand their resources by tapping into a powerful wealth channel, sometimes at a noticeable cost for the region in question. The disruption of power through such means often puts rule of law into jeopardy, allowing individuals to subvert legal systems through wealth and influence. The propagation of this issue leads into the second focus of CCPCJ, which is to be on subverting legal consequences for criminal behavior. While discussing such an issue can take on multiple fronts, the CCPCJ must keep in mind its directive to direct policymaking within the General Assembly to its own extent, through establishing a framework for the United Nations’ judgement upon the issues of narco-trafficking and its legal ramifications.
Chair: Jack Burger Vice Chair: Sarah Prokop
The Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) is the second committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The mandate of ECOFIN encompasses economic growth and development, financing for development, sustainable development, human settlements, poverty eradication, globalization and interdependence, operational activities for development, and information and communication technologies for development. ECOFIN focuses on advancing the growth and development of underdeveloped nations, as well as providing regional support for all nations. The current state of the global economy, which is defined by rapid technological increase and globalization, makes the mandate of ECOFIN even more important when considering international issues. ECOFIN must continue to work toward economic sustainability and development, while also encouraging growth and offering assistance to achieve its goals. Most recently, ECOFIN has been tackling issues such as agricultural development, food security and nutrition. In addition to this, ECOFIN has also been working toward maintaining international peace and security through its efforts with addressing the current situation between Israel and Palestine.