Specialized Committees

Press CORPS

Chair: Tessa Yu
Vice Chair: Michelle Dan

Extra, extra, read all about it! In the Press Corps of CMUNC 2018, delegates will be assigned the position of a leading journalist from news outlets ranging from Fox News and MSNBC to Buzzfeed and Breitbart. In our unique traveling committee, you have the power to venture to pertinent committees of your preference to report on the social, economic, and political states of various countries, delegate partnerships or feuds, breaking crises, or even fake news. These reports will subsequently be disseminated to each of the conference’s committees for all delegates to view. When not traveling, you will participate in internal debate over topics such as the ethics of news reporting, the evolution of journalism from print to modern technology, and the impact of media on society. By the end of this committee, delegates will have had the chance to engage in press conferences, exhibit their writing and reporting acumen, and gain an exhaustive understanding of the proceedings of this year’s CMUNC. So, with your voice being heard worldwide, what do you have to say?

 

UN Commission on the status of women (UNCSW)

Chair: Yashvi Gattani
Vice Chair: Julia Li

Established in 1964, The UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The commission is a global body dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women, by establishing standards and policies to promote fairness. Their purpose is to reduce the gender gap and make more progress. In order to achieve their goals, CSW develops recommendations to the council regarding urgent problems about women’s rights in economic, civil, educational, social, and political areas. To quote Emma Watson’s #HeForShe movement speech, ask yourself before committing to this cause: “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

 

AFrican union

Chair: Hunter Moskowitz
Vice Chair: Ria Singh

The African Union was formally established in 2002 in a watershed moment for the continent out of a desire for greater economic and social unity. Its main goals then were to counteract the long standing effects of colonization and globalization, mainly through eradicating any traces of apartheid. While some of its structures may seem vestigial now, its goal of carving out a distinctly African place in the global sphere is more relevant than ever. Delegates will represent the many different faces of Africa—across cultural, religious and economic divides— and come together on issues facing the general population. In this pivotal time in African development, this committee will be tasked overcoming individual allegiances to prioritize the needs of the continent amidst economic and humanitarian struggles that threaten to hold back Africa from realizing its full potential. Delegates will need to move at a fast pace in order to affect any real change in this rapidly-moving world—Africa cannot stand still while the rest of the world turns.

 

committee on crime prevention and criminal justice (CCPCJ)

Chair: Michele Pothen
Vice Chair: Juliette Raymond

The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was established in 1992 as a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council. The Commission’s main priorities are to improve international action to combat crime as well as ensure efficiency and fairness of criminal justice systems. As the governing body of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the commission proposes recommendations regarding drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, cybercrime, and much more. Recent development in the 26th congress held this past May have shown a focus on prisoner welfare, alternatives to imprisonment, HIV prevention in prisons, as well as counter-terrorism. In a state where international attacks are on the rise, how will the UN play a role in its prevention?

 

international Olympic committee

Chair: Kyle Otto
Vice Chair: Joshua Goldstein

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) can trace its roots back to 1894, with the advent of the modern Olympic games. The IOC is the supreme authority responsible of the Olympic Movement, and is charged with promoting and furthering all aspects of the Olympic Movement as outlined in the Olympic Charter. In 2009, the IOC was granted Permanent Observer Status by the UN General Assembly, further increasing its unparalleled ability to promote sport on the international stage. In recent years, the IOC has had to contend with increasingly sophisticated cheating schemes including doping, and corruption from both competing teams and host nations. Concern has also grown in recent years regarding the IOC’s ability to attract desirable cities and nations to host the games. Delegates will need to tackle these issues while working to further the IOCs primary goals.

UN environmental programme (UNEP)

Chair: Kianna Early
Vice Chair: Brandon Senzer

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Their  mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. For the duration of the conference we will be discussing the economic impacts of climate change, especially on developing countries and the issues surrounding effective international governance of environmental policies. Secondly, we will discuss the impact of chemicals and waste on water supplies, animal populations, and the world’s oceans. We look forward to an exciting weekend of engaging debate about a topic that is arguably the most important one facing the international world.