GEMUN 2017 Topics

(GEMUN 2018 Topics will be posted summer 2017) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

      The committees listed below are being represented in the 29th Session of GEMUN, May, 2018. Each section on this page has a collection of links for the respective committee, which we are always in process of updating.

      If you find a link that is expired, or a good one that needs to be added, please send an email to GEMUN's staff.

NOTE: These issues are real-world issues and some students may have trouble understanding some of the content. Please make sure parents are aware of the topics to be covered in each committee.


Main Resource page
United Nations home page


-- On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years.
End extreme poverty.
Fight inequality & injustice.
Fix climate change.
The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done.
In all countries. For all people.

Some Sustainable Development Goals links:

Teaching Sustainable Development Goals
Global Opportunity Explorer
Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: Topics
Comics Uniting Nations -- making the Sustainable Development Goals accessible to the citizens of the world through comics
How to teach the UN's development goals, and why
Sustainable Goals UNA-UK
Child friendly learning materials | 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Global Weirding with Katherine Hayhoe
Nine charts to show why the G20 matters for climate change.
Our Work, The Elders
The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the World's largest lesson
Global Poverty Project
UNIDO | United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Topics: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform -- Topics
Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals
The World We Want - A Future For All A child-friendly version of the
Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals | All you need to know | The Guardian

United Nations Development Programme - UNDP has published a great overview booklet on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals!
Download this educational tool at

Sustainable Development Goals: Changing the World in 17 Steps - interactive | Global Development | The Guardian

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform -- A hub for ideas, debate and resources on
what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
"A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development"
International Institute for Sustainable Development
UN and Climate Change
UN Climate Change Newsroom
Sustainable Energy for All Forum
UNDP: Sustainable Development Goals
MY World: The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World
UN Foundation -- What we do -- Post 2015 Development Agenda
World Bank -- Millennium Development Goals
IPS -- Inter Press Service News Agency
DEVEX -- International Development News
Sustainable Business | The Guardian
NetAid -- Millennium Development Goals
A World of Problems: the United Nations at 70 | The Guardian


The following Committees will be role-played at GEMUN '17:

Please note that the order of precedence of the topics is not indicated by the order in which they are listed. All topics are equally deserving of the attention of the committees. It makes the debate MUCH more interesting if all topics are covered. There have been times where half or most of the resolutions submitted are on the same topic, and after one or two of these resolutions are debated, the others receive little interest from the committee. Try to make your resolution an interesting and creative solution.

General Assembly (Topics in GA: Improving infrastructure; Promoting demilitarization; Mitigating the effects of climate change; The question of Palestine; Preventing arms trafficking; Reformation of Security Council; Refugees and Migrants; Open Agenda)

Security Council (SC Topics: Conflict in Syria; Peaceful Resolution of Prolonged Unresolved Conflicts; Finding Solutions to the Kashmir and Jammu Conflict; Taking action to minimize destructive rebel activity in Mali; Promoting Stability in Africa; The situation in Libya; Protection of civilians in armed conflict; Open agenda -- all issues of security and international peace)

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC Topics: Restoring Land Resources for a Sustainable Environment; Aiding Natural Disaster Victims; Increasing and Protecting Cultural Rights; Post Conflict Recovery and Refugee Aid; Improving Education in Impoverished Countries; The effects of globalization; Reducing the impact of acts of terrorism on the economy; Open Agenda)

Human Rights Council (HRC Topics: Discrimination; Urbanization and Human Rights; SDGs and Human Rights; Preventing and countering violent extremism; Right to Adequate Housing; Business and human rights; Contemporary Forms of Slavery; Open Agenda)

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP Topics: Water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa; Ecosystem Management; Climate and Clean Air; Minimizing negative effects of landfills; Oceans and Law of the Sea; Resource efficiency; Environmental causes and consequences of conflicts and disasters; Open Agenda)

World Health Organization (WHO Topics: Water quality and Water Borne Illnesses; Maternal Health; Cancer; Cardiovascular diseases; Climate Change and Human Health; Diabetes; Infectious Diseases; Open Agenda)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF Topics: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Impact of migration on children; UNICEF and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Girls' education and gender equality; Children with Disabilities; UNICEF in Emergencies and Humanitarian Action; Innovations in education; Open Agenda)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO Topics: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs); Food Security and Nutrition; Food loss and waste reduction; Water sustainability; Climate Change, Sustainable Food and Agriculture; Resilience; Protecting and improving aquaculture; Open Agenda)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW Topics: Women's roles in Politics and Political Positions; Women in Environmental Protection and Awareness; Help and Support for Female Refugees; Increasing and Diversifying Employment for Women; Ensuring Protection for Female Victims of Domestic Violence/Assault; Women in Economic and Social Development; Women's Health care, Reproductive Rights, and Maternal Rights; Open Agenda)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA Topics: Radiation Therapy; Addressing Climate Change with Nuclear Energy; Harnessing Nuclear Power For Peace; Animal Health and Breeding with Nuclear-Related Techniques; Nuclear Weapon Free Zones; Radioactive Waste Management; Nuclear Safety; Open Agenda)

Country Information/News/Miscellaneous


General Assembly (GA)


Security Council (SC)


Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)


Human Rights Council (HRC)


United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)


World Health Organization (WHO)


United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)


International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)


Country Info/News/Miscellaneous

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