WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

Director - Kerry Walker
Chair - Melody Cheng, Assistant Directors - Anna Ciceri, Inara Karmali

Committee Overview:

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and established in 1948, the World Health Organization is composed of 193 member-states. The World Health Organization has currently laid out a six point agenda to “highlight the conditions of concern.” The points include: advocating development, strengthening health security, advancing health systems, employing research, information and knowledge, strengthening partnerships and ameliorating performance. Over the years this organization has played a crucial role in international public health policy; they aim to “build a better, healthier future for people all over the world” and “ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.”

Topic A: Illicit Organ Trade
Topic B: Deinstitutionalizing Patients

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HISTORICAL CRISIS COMMITTEE: REAGAN'S CABINET (HCC)

Director - Matthew Owen Flood
Chair - Matteo Murr, Crisis Staff - Naomi Stobart

Committee Overview:

The people demand change. After a landslide election three months ago, they are starting to lose faith in the ability of our government. The 1960s and 1970s have been a time of great political uncertainty: impeachment, assassinations, and a variety of crises have allowed the Soviet Union to begin to overtake the United States internationally.

Hours after the inauguration, advisors, allies, and ambassadors of the new President meet in Washington DC to discuss pressing issues facing the nation: specifically foreign policy and how to win the “Cold War.”

Following the election of one of the most influential and controversial Presidents of the last century, “Reagan’s Cabinet of 1981” is suited for experienced delegates due to the many crises and quick pace of events.

Topic A: Reagan’s Cabinet 1981

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HOUSE OF COMMONS (HOC)

Speaker of the House - Isaac La Roy
Deputy Speaker of the House - Aaryan Kochar

Committee Overview:

ShawMUN is excited to announce that the Canadian House of Commons will be hosted on the floor of the British Columbia Legislature! This year’s topic will address the government of Canada’s response to asylum seekers who have crossed the border illegally. Over the past few months, the United States’ government has changed its policy on how it deals with asylum seekers. This has included blocking entrance into their country and revoking some asylum seekers’ protected status. With this new climate emerging in the United States, Citizenship and Immigration Canada reported that 315 persons crossed the border illegally in January 2017 compared to 5,530 in July while dropping down to 1,755 in October. This year’s topic will focus primarily on holding the government accountable on its current response and work towards forming new policy on the topic of asylum seekers and refugees whilst considering the larger context of immigration to Canada. Delegates (Members of Parliament) will be required to submit a position paper that outlines their party position on the topic and also a PMR (private members’ resolution).

Topic A: Refugee Crisis

In lieu of position papers delegates will be writing Private Members’ Resolutions. (PMRs).
More details about PMRs will be released in conjunction with the background guide.

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE ON DRUGS AND CRIME

Director - Uma Tierpenko
Chairs - Natalie Urquhart and Alexis Elliot

Committee Overview:

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a specialized committee that leads the world in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime holds it 20-year anniversary and now operates in all regions of the world. The three main pillars of the UNODC include field-based technical cooperation projects, analytical work and support in ratifying treaties. With its member-states, the main purpose of the organization is to assist and fight against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. Specifically, the annual World Drug Report created by the Office remarks the trends and worldwide drug dilemma. Such a committee will provide delegates an opportunity to tackle various topical issues and investigate different elements in the power of the UNODC.

Topic A: Legal Status of Recreational Drugs
Topic B: Countering Transnational Organizational Crime

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UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL (UNSC)

Director - John Sun
Chair - Dania Shaeeb, Crisis Staff - Candy Li

Committee Overview:

Fast-paced, intense, and powerful, the United Nations Security Council is charged with the maintenance of international peace, a responsibility that dwarves the tasks of all other United Nations assemblies. It is also the only UN body empowered to make decisions that are legally binding on all UN member states. Among its exclusive powers is the authorisation to utilise UN peacekeepers, the implementation of economic sanctions, and the ability to officially severe diplomatic relations.

The comparatively small committee of fifteen, as well as the veto power of the five permanent members (China, France, United Kingdom, USA, Russia), contribute significantly to the ferocity of debate. Delegates who will thrive in the Security Council are creative problem solvers, shrewd negotiators, and most importantly of all, quick to react to the continually evolving crisis.

Topic A: South China Sea Conflict

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CRISIS: ORWELL'S 1984

Director - Abby Lu
Chairs - Jiawen Chen, Crisis Staff - Maggi Bresden

Committee Overview:

This crisis committee is based on the world’s all time best selling dystopian novel - 1984 by George Orwell. Delegates will be representing keep political figures in Big Brother’s Inner Party and the goal is to ensure the legitimacy and sanctity of Oceania.  This crisis committee is set on the world created by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984. It is important to note that even though it is based on the book, the committee might not necessarily follow along with the novel’s plot.

Topic A: George Orwell’s 1984

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JOINT CRISIS COMMITTEE: STRANGER THINGS (JCC)

Crisis Directors - Bonita Chang and Michael Liu
Bloc Directors - Alex Shirley and Vanessa Wedick
Chairs - Melissa Singh and Winter Koyote
Crisis Staff - Jamie Bell and Taylor Northcott

Committee Overview:

Forget about your regular, orderly MUN experience and immerse yourself in a fast paced and perpetual debate. With the ultimate goal of defeating the enemy, the two subcommittees will make decisions that affect one another and the crisis at hand. The delegates must be quick on their feet as they will be tasked to deal with situations that are only partially revealed in the background guides.

Topic A: Stranger Things (Season 3)

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UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)

Director - Stefan Esquivel
Chair - Ivy Tsang, Assistant Director - Daniel Enge

Committee Overview

Established in 1945, UNESCO is founded on the grounds of improving international cooperation in regards to education, science, culture and communication. UNESCO has four main goals: ensuring all citizens have access to education, live in a diverse environment, benefit from scientific advances and fully exercise the freedom of expression. With 195 member states in this specialized agency, UNESCO has various global projects such as Global Geopark Network, Linguistic Diversity project, all with the aim of promoting peace.

Topic A: Artificial Intelligence and Robots Embedded in Workforce

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