DISEC – Disarmament and International Security

Difficulty: beginner

The first committee of the United Nation’s General Assembly looks at issues of disarmament and threats to security on national to global scales. The aim is to work closely with the guiding principles of disarmament and to build stronger regulations against armaments and to challenge any risks against international security.

UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization

Difficulty: beginner

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the UN’s specialised agency, contributing to promoting peace, justice, and security worldwide. The Millennium Development Goals are the cornerstone in UNESCO’s operations which highlights notable problems including human rights, education, and environmental sustainability.

UNEP – United Nations Environment Program

Difficulty: beginner

The United Nations Environmental Program focuses on conserving the environment and negotiating and issuing solutions for continuous environmental sustainability.

SOCHUM – Social, Cultural and Humanitarian

Difficulty: beginner

The third committee of the General Assembly deals with topics of social development, indigenous culture protection, and works closely with the Human Rights Council and UN Women group to further the actions in dealing with questions regarding human rights.

ECOFIN – Economic and Financial Committee

Difficulty: beginner

The Economic and Financial committee, the second of the General Assembly, deals with issues that span from economic development and the eradication of poverty to macroeconomic policies that encompass matters of international trade and the international financial system.

UNWTO – World Tourism Organization

Difficulty: beginner

This committee is especially important at SIHMUN because we at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, are all about hospitality. Therefore, this is our largest committee throughout the conference with 156 represented member states. The UNWTO agency is responsible for promoting universally accessible tourism and its sustainable development.

UN Women

Difficulty: beginner

The UN Women organisation was recently created to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. The committee collaborates with local government bodies worldwide to implement the global standards regarding the rights and roles of women.

ECOSOC – Economic and Social Council

Difficulty: intermediate

The Economic and Social committee of the United Nations stands to promote economic and social sustainability worldwide. Its primary responsibility is to negotiate and bring about solutions that have been highlighted in the Millennium Development Goals in improving environmental sustainability and social development.

UNHRC – United Nations Human Rights Council

Difficulty: intermediate

The United Nations Human Rights Council works to protect human rights worldwide. Though the official UNHRP elects 47 member states for 3-year terms, SIHMUN will have 150 delegates representing nations to discuss present issues regarding human rights.

NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Difficulty: intermediate

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a committee made up of majority European nations, together with the United States of America and Canada. The organisation is set to have a political and military alliance, and work together to coordinate peaceful resolutions in time of controversy and promotes democracy throughout.

ICC – International Criminal Court

Difficulty: advanced

The International Criminal Court is made up of 121 signed and ratified states of the Rome Statute, handling international war crimes with global jurisdiction. Different from the International Court of Justice, this criminal court handles cases of genocide and war crimes.

SC – Security Council

Difficulty: advanced

The United Nations Security Council is made up of 14 nations, of which 5 have permanent seats, and the remaining 9 are elected on an annual or biannual basis. Their primary role is to ensure international peace and security. China, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and France are the permanent members and have veto power throughout sessions.

HSC – Historical United Nations Security Council

Difficulty: advanced

The Historical United Nations Security Council reproduces a historical situation in a committee made up of 40 member states who have previously had seats in the United Nations Security Council.

Crisis Committee