GEMUN 2018 Topics


      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 at gemunstaff at

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
UNU Sustainable Development Explorer
Mission 2020 -- The Climate Turning Point
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
Dollar Street - See How People Really Live
David Suzuki Foundation Home, One Nature -- 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
Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming


The following Committees will be role-played at GEMUN '18:

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: Worldwide Access to Sustainable Energy; Abolition of the Death Penalty, Torture, and other Cruel or Unusual Punishments; Promoting Gender Equality; Nuclear Nonproliferation; Children's Health Across the World; Oceans and the Law of the Sea; Refugees & Migrants; Open Agenda)

Security Council (SC Topics: South Sudanese Civil War; The Situation in Ukraine; The Yemen Civil War; Nonproliferation Concerning the DPRK; The Problems in Somalia; The South China Sea; Peaceful Resolution of Unresolved Conflicts; Open Agenda -- all issues of security and international peace)

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC Topics: Improving Education in Impoverished Countries; Inducing Policies for Affordable Health Care; Providing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance; Sustainable Urbanization; Post Conflict Recovery in Fragile Communities; Technology and its Relationship with Sustainable Development; Reducing Inequality in the Economic Sector; Open Agenda)

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP Topics: Green Economy Policies; Renewable Energy and Future Energy Demand; Marine Life and Ocean Pollution; Toxic Waste Management; Promoting Sustainable Agriculture; Disaster Risk Reduction; The Policy of a Global Carbon Cap; Open Agenda)

Human Rights Council (HRC Topics: Contemporary Forms of Slavery; Gender Equality and Education; Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism; Rights of Indigenous People; The Rights of Children; Right to Water and Sanitation; Rights for Displaced Persons; Open Agenda)

World Health Organization (WHO Topics: Health Changes Rooted from Climate Change; Health Education and Treatment Availability; Water Sanitation; Vaccine Availability; Malnutrition; Poverty Related Diseases; Women's Health; Open Agenda)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF Topics: Child Protection and Development; Child Poverty; Children impacted by the Syrian crises; Children with Disabilities; Emergency Relief for Children Impacted by Disasters; Child Refugees; Medical Care for Children in Developing Countries; Open Agenda)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO Topics: Food Sanitation; Usage of Genetically Modified Organisms; The Issue of Biodiversity; Access and Right to Food; Sustainable Agriculture Techniques; Aquaculture Sustainability; Climate Change in Relation to Food; Open Agenda)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW Topics: Protecting victims of domestic abuse; Increasing women's access to education; Increasing female presence in government positions; Securing Women's health care; Supporting female refugees; Helping women enter the global economy; Assistance for women with the HIV/AIDS virus; Open Agenda)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA Topics: Nuclear Disaster/Emergency Response; Water resources and marine environment/Nuclear Desalination; Effects of harnessing the power of Nuclear Energy towards climate change; Nuclear Safeguards; Using Nuclear Techniques for the development of new technologies; Demilitarization of Nuclear weapons; Radioactive waste management; 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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