TIMEMUN 2021 Committees

Each year, we try to innovate and make TIMEMUN a little more interesting and exciting for our students. We attend international conferences and experience new scenarios which we try to integrate into our own conference. We also take into account the state of current events and modify our committees and issues accordingly.

What committees will there be in TIMEMUN 2021?

The traditional committees are:

  • American Senate
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Territorial Disputes
  • Trade and Development

The unique committees are:

  • 2021 Security Council (15 members plus two observer countries)
  • NGO International Aid
  • Crisis Committee
  • World Health Organization (WHO)

What happens in a traditional committee?

  • Each committee focuses on two issues which will be posted soon.
  • Each school is assigned one or two countries to represent, depending on the number of delegates they are bringing. Each country group is called a delegation.
  • As in years past, and in our training sessions, students take on the roles of delegates of these countries, and try to pass resolutions, clauses and amendments solving the challenges they are dealing with. They speak individually, presenting their arguments; they also work with delegates from other schools/countries to reach consensus and build coalitions to create majority support for their resolutions during voting.

Who is in the 2021 Security Council?

USA Belgium Niger
Russian Federation Dominican Republic
South Africa
China Estonia St. Vincent and the Grenadines
UK Germany Tunisia
France Indonesia Vietnam

What happens in a Crisis Committee?

  • Every school can (but does not have to) have one delegate in the Crisis Committee.  The only requirement is that the student have at least one year of experience with TIMEMUN or another MUN conference.
  • Students are assigned character roles, and will be clearly allied with one side of the crisis.  They represent actual people, and should research the character they have been assigned as well as the country and positions they represent. The more background information they prepare, the better job they will do in committee.
    Please note: The character the delegate represents is NOT in any way connected to the countries their school is assigned to in OTHER committees.
  • This committee works at a faster pace than traditional committees do.  Decisions are reached and implemented quickly, the situation changes in real-time, and students have to be able to think on their feet and improvise.
  • Though the Crisis Committee begins at a set point in history, and deals with the historical facts of that particular moment in time — the crisis then evolves and is not bound by history.  Students can take the crisis in new directions, and resolve the challenges in different ways.
  • Motions and Directives will be used in the crisis committee, not formal MUN procedure.

What happens in the Historical Security Council?


The following information relates to the HSC that took place in TIMEMUN 2020 and is for the purposes of illustrating what a Historical Security Council is.

The HSC operates with the same rules and regulations as the traditional Security Council, except the members will be those member states present on the Security Council in the chosen historical time period for this year’s conference: 1974. The committee will debate crises relevant to

  • The Turkish Invasion of Cyprus
  • Apartheid in South Africa

The 15 countries in the 1974 Security Council are:

USA Australia Indonesia
USSR Austria Iraq
China ByeloRussia Kenya
UK Cameroon Mauritania
France Costa Rica Peru

What happens in the Special Committee?


  • The Special Committee composed of five delegations, each with 8 delegates, as follows:
    • Palestinian Authority delegation
    • Israeli delegation
    • European Union delegation
    • Arab League delegation
    • United States delegation
  • Schools are assigned randomly to these blocs, and will be given a role to play or a country to represent, NOT in any way connected to the countries they are assigned to in OTHER committees.
  • During the committee sessions, there will be both lobbying time and debating time.
    • During LOBBYING time, the individual delegations will get together and try to reach some consensus, discussing their negotiation tactics. Though one delegate will be nominally the Head of Delegation, all delegates are active during both lobbying and debating time.
    • During DEBATING time, the delegations will interface with each other to try to create resolutions on issues surrounding the conflict (eg. land swaps), and this discussion will be moderated by the chair as  in a regular committee.

2021 Issue Summaries

The 2021 American Senate Issues are:

  • Solving the Issue of Illegal Immigration into the United States of America
  • Resolving Institutional Racism in Housing across the United States of America

The American Senate issue summaries are posted HERE.

The CRISIS issue summary and Crisis Character List can be found HERE.

The 2021 ECOSOC Issues are:

Topic 1: Decriminalization of Drugs and Mass Incarceration

Topic 2: Industrial Espionage and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) (we still don’t have the issue summary)

The ECOSOC issue summaries can be found HERE.

The 2021 ENVIRONMENT Issues are:

  • “Accidental” Chemical Explosions and Their Effects on the Environment
  • Addressing Overpopulation and Its Effect  on the Environment

The Environment Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

The 2021 Human Rights Issues are:

Topic 1: Female Genital Mutilation

Topic 2: Muslim Uighurs Concentration Camps 

The 2021 Human Rights Issue Summaries can be found HERE.

The 2021 NGO Issues are:

Topic 1: Refuge Displacement and Aid

Topic 2: Human Trafficking Prevention, Mitigation, and Aid .

Issue Summaries are posted HERE

The 2021 Security Council Issues are:

  • Disarming North Korea
  • Addressing Tensions in the Somai Region

The 2020 Security Council Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

The 2021 Territorial Disputes Issues are:

  • Addressing the dispute between Jammu and Kashmir 
  • The Amazon Rainforest: Deciding the fate of one of the world’s most important assets

The Territorial Disputes Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

The 2021 Trade and Development Issues are:

  • Strengthening the Authority of the World Trade Organization
  • Financing and Leading Space Exploration Through the Establishment of an International Organization

The Trade and Development Issue Summaries are posted HERE

The 2021 World Health Organization Issues are:

  • Can governments mandate “bodily” protective measures like mask-wearing, vaccines,or even lockdowns?
  • How can the WHO examine and lessen the appearance of zoological viruses?

The World Health Organization Issue Summaries are posted HERE