Restless for Change at SLMUN 2021
By Diyara Jaswar (News and Media Team – SLMUN 2021)
Sri Lanka Model United Nations (SLMUN), the largest student-run UN simulation in Asia, is back for the 14th consecutive year and will be held at the BMICH on the 11th and 12th of September 2021. SLMUN 2021 will be under the theme “Restless for Change”, where we believe that it is essential for the youth today to raise their voice against discrimination and encourage them to be a part of the change that will break countless boundaries. Your experience as a delegate in SLMUN will aid in the development of your skills in leadership, teamwork and communication. This year, SLMUN will be simulating the following 9 committees:
The First General Assembly (GA1), also known as the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), is one of the main 6 committees of the General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations. The role of this committee is responsible for looking into matters regarding disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that impact the global society.
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), most commonly known as GA3 or the Third General Assembly, is also a part of the General Assembly (GA), and focuses on issues relating to fundamental human rights and social and humanitarian affairs that affect people all over the world.
The Sixth General Assembly (GA6) is a legal forum and the primary unit for deliberation and consideration of international law and legal matters that arise in the General Assembly, therefore it is known as the Legal Committee.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is one of the most important bodies of the UN as it operates to not only promote but also to protect human rights ranging from freedom of expression to women’s rights to rights related to ethnicities and religions.
The Security Council (SC) is a UN body that entertains discussions that contribute to the promotion of international security and peace. Even at SLMUN, it is considered to be one of the most esteemed committees, and unlike the committees of the GA, it consists of only 15 member states.
The World Health Assembly is the governing body of the World Health Organization, and is the world’s highest health policy setting body. Given the situation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WHA would be one of the most interesting committees to be a part of at SLMUN this year.
UNEP, also known as the United Nations Environment Programme, deals with issues related to areas such as climate change and ecosystem management. It is the leading global environmental authority within the UN while it also plays a major role in working towards the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Foals (SDGs) as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council and its overall purpose is to promote sustainable economic and social development in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP also works to overcome challenges related to areas like transport, trade, investment and energy. It is the largest United Nations body serving the Asia-Pacific region.
The International Cricket Council, widely known as the ICC, is the governing body of cricket worldwide, and is responsible for handling most of the organization and governance of the biggest Cricket Tournaments in the world. Formerly known as the Imperial Cricket Council, the ICC is also responsible for determining the professional standards for International Cricket and maintains integrity of the sport with the ICC Code of Conduct, which takes actions against match fixing and corruption. The International Cricket Council will be the only non-UN committee simulated at SLMUN this year.
In addition to these 9 committees, the International Press Corps (IPC) will also be a part of the 14th session of SLMUN. IPC is a committee that consists of journalists that gives a unique perspective to the world of diplomacy. Their role is to report on committee proceedings and give more depth to the debate that takes places in committees. Being an IPC delegate at SLMUN this year would not only improve your skills in journalism but will give an experience different from delegates actively taking part in debates.
Registrations for Session XIV of SLMUN will be open from the 15th of March 2021 to the 30th of June 2021.
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