TIMEMUN 2020 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 2020?

The traditional committees are:

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

The unique committees are:

  • 2020 Security Council (15 members)
  • Historical Security Council
  • Crisis Committee
  • Presidential Committee
  • Special Committee on Restarting the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

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 2020 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 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.

2020 Issue Summaries

The 2020 American Senate Issues are:

  • Addressing domestic terrorism laws
  • Mitigating the opioid crisis

The American Senate issue summaries are posted HERE.

The CRISIS issue summary is posted HERE

The 2020 ECOSOC Issues are:

  • Internet vs Free Speech: should the Internet be regulated?
  • Regulating the laws concerning vaccinations in regards to general welfare

The ECOSOC issue summaries are posted HERE.

The 2020 ENVIRONMENT Issues are:

  • Addressing the outlawing of plastics
  • Combatting the destruction of ecosystems, such as deforestation, for economic gain

The Environment Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

The Historical Security Council (1974) Issues are:

    • Addressing the Turkish invasion of Cyprus
    • Discussing various responses to apartheid in South Africa 

The Historical Security Council Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

The 2019 Human Rights issues are:

  • Protesting: a human right?
  • Analyzing the ethical dilemmas surrounding abortion

The Human Rights Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

The 2020 Presidential Committee Issue Summary is HERE.

Presidential Candidates’ viewpoints on important issues HERE.

The 2020 Security Council Issues are:

  • Addressing the tensions between US/EU and Russia after the annexation of Crimea
  • Addressing the Yemeni Civil War

The 2020 Security Council Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

To view the full issue summary for the 2020 Special Committee on Restarting the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Issue, click HERE.

The 2020 Territorial Disputes Issues are:

  • Mitigating the tensions between Venezuela and Colombia 
  • Developing regulations and policies concerning the utilization and jurisdiction of the ocean floors

The Territorial Disputes Issue Summaries are posted HERE.

The 2020 Trade and Development Issues are:

  • Supporting emerging economies in South America through technical cooperation
  • Addressing the threat posed by the monopolization of massive corporations to international governments

The Trade and Development Issue Summaries are posted HERE