General Assemblies

DISEC

Chair: Isaac Covitz
Vice Chair: Nikhil Saggi

The United Nations General Assembly is the main deliberative, representative, and policy-making arm of the United Nations. The First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly is the body that generates resolutions on topics pertaining to Disarmament and International Security (DISEC). DISEC’s proposals have direct influence on the General Assembly, Non-Governmental Organizations, the Security Council, and the Secretariat. In this session of DISEC, the focus will be on nuclear disarmament and orbital security. In the past year, shifts on the international stage have caused rising tensions in the Middle East and Asia over nuclear power and weapons development programs. The rapid decrease in the cost of placing objects in Earth-orbit has led to concerns over the abuse of orbital launch capability for weapons of mass destruction. The increasing amount of space debris risks both the security of space-bound payloads in orbit as well as lives and property when it comes crashing down to Earth. This year’s DISEC will have to confront threats both old and new.
 

LEGAL

Chair: Katarina Schwartzman
Vice Chair: Arslan Ali

The Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, or the Legal Committee, acts as the primary legal questioning body of the United Nations. All member states of the United Nations are entitled to representation in this committee. Its main function is to promote and protect international laws while also discussing their equal enforcement worldwide.  Most of the important and impactful work of the committee is done via the creation and review of treaties along with reviews of the effectiveness of the tenets of international law. The aim of this iteration of the Legal Committee will be to review the enforcement of international laws, review the status of pertinent treaties and answer legal questions posed by both member and observer states.

 

SPECPOL

Chair: Artemis Tapliga
Vice Chair: Simone Smith

The Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL), also recognized as the United Nations Fourth Committee, is one of the UN’s six general assemblies formed originally with the task of opening up discussion between UN member states on issues related to decolonization and trusteeship. Over time, SPECPOL has untaken multiple other issues, expanding its agenda to include topics related to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), atomic radiation, peaceful uses of outer space, mine action, the University for peace, and various peacekeeping operations.  In this committee session, we will be discussing the future of non-sovereign, semi-autonomous states, as well as debating geopolitical conflicts surrounding the Arctic Circle that have given a new meaning to the concept of a “cold war”.