General Assemblies

DISEC

Chair: Ria Singh Vice Chair: Nico Sommer

Background Guide

The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly with a mandate encompassing all matters relating to disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace among the international community, and directly informs the UN Security Council. In this session of DISEC, we will be confronting new forms of security threats in an increasingly technologically advanced global setting. This committee will consider and debate the maintenance of security in cyberspace, a new ubiquitous frontier, and the peaceable use of space, in an age where it is the most accessible it has ever been. In this international moment, delegates will be forced to navigate a new set of threats that are ever-present and under-defined and create a policy framework for the world to follow.

ccpcj

Chair: Jacob Schoifet Vice Chair: Nikhil Saggi

Background Guide

The United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) is a quinquennial assembly functioning as a medium for information exchange and a policymaking workshop under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Each session, the committee is formed with 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 illegal markets, particularly the burgeoning adoption of drug cultivation and narcotrafficking as well as animal poaching to sustain illegal trafficking. The issue of nacrotrafficking continues to serve as a means for organized groups to seize legitimacy and expand their resources by tapping into a powerful wealth channel at a noticeable cost for livelihoods in the region and abroad. The disruption of power that occurs through such means often puts rule of law into jeopardy, allowing individuals to subvert legal systems through wealth and influence. The poaching epidemic has been responsible for an unprecedented rise in extinction rates in recent years. The animal trafficking market has also grown to staggering levels and now threatens ecosystems around the world, prompting a comprehensive and organized response on a global scale. 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 narcotrafficking and animal poaching. 


ECOFIN

Chair: Sarah Prokop Vice Chair: James Piccirilli

Background Guide

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.