This refers to the rooms where topics are debated. Different committees debate different topic genres. At WCDMUN we have 7 committees. For example the Health and Youth committee debates issues relating to young people and healthcare.
This is a the actual content being debated. A delegate receives a document called a resolution.This is a very important key terms to remember
Each resolution is sorted into various different paragraphs called clauses. They are numbered 1...2...3 and so on. They begin with one word underlined in bold.
This is at the very start of a resolution and gives background information to the topic. Each pre-amble sentance starts in italic. The pre-amble cannot be debated as part of the resolution.
If you see a problem with the resolution and you know how to fix it, submit an amendment, by writing it down than giving it to the Chair. They are changes a delegate wishes to make to the resolution. For example you can add a new clause or remove one, or change the wording of an already existing clause.
A point of information is an opportunity for fellow delegates to ask questions following a delegate's speech. This speech could be on an amendment, or the resolution as a whole. This is a good opportunity to point something out, ask for clarification or further information on what they said, or to agree. However, these must be phrased as questions. A good way to do this is to add '...do you not agree?' at the end.
This can be made in-between speeches and points of information but cannot interrupt someone in the middle of a point. They are ONLY used to correct major factual errors. For example if a delegate said ''Ireland is in Asia" another delegate could shout 'point of information to the Chair' when the delegate had finished speaking.
If you are attending WCDMUN as a student you are a delegate, meaning a you are a representative of the country you have been assigned to and should do your best to express their views (e.g on the topics of climate change, immigration, women's rights etc.), without being disrespectful, in debate. You will be assigned to one committee, and you will be the only person from your delegation in this committee.
Delegates are a part of teams called delegations. Although all delegates on one delegation will be representing the same country, for the most part of the conference they will be debating different topics in different committees. This is until General Assembly where they will all be working together at the same table all together.
General Assembly takes place after everyone has finished debating in their respective committees. Everyone comes together to debate the resolutions that each committee's chairs have picked. It will function much like debate in committee with a few exceptions such as all delegates on one delegation are sitting together to contribute speeches and points of information together as a team with one placard.
Each committee debates a different genre of topics. Read through the list below and decide which one you would be most interested in.
This is the most powerful UN body. They debate series issues that could lead to the outbreak of war or issues that threaten international peace and security. However the number on the Security Council is limited to 15 delegates.
This stands for the special political committee. They mainly deal with international disputes or issues for international concern.
Deal with topics of terrorism, security and disarmament.
Deal with issues relating to healthcare and the well-being of young people.
Deal with mainly economic issues and problems that effect the global economy, international trade or a major economic problem within a specific member state.
Tackle environmental problems such as climate change or deforestation.
That's right! This year, Historical is back at WCDMUN, after a 4 year hiatus. This special committee debates problems that took place in the past and how to reckon with their impacts in today's world.