TIMEMUN 2019 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 2019?

The traditional committees are:

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

The unique committees are:

  • 2019 Security Council (15 members)
  • Historical Security Council
  • Crisis 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: 1979.  The committee will debate crises relevant to

  • The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
  • The Iranian Revolution

The 15 countries in the 1979 Security Council are:

USA Bangladesh Jamaica
USSR Bolivia Nigeria
China Czechoslovakia Norway
UK Gabon Portugal
France Kuwait Zambia

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.

   2019 Issue Summaries

The following issue summaries were used in last year’s TIMEMUN 2019 Conference.

The 2020 Issue Summaries will be published soon.

The 2019 American Senate Issues are:

  • Evaluating Planned Parenthood Funding
  • Reforming Latin American Immigration Policies

The American Senate issue summaries appears HERE.

Full issue summary for “Sailors and Swashbucklers: The Golden Age Of Piracy” is posted HERE.

Character biographies for crisis HERE.

The 2019 ECOSOC Issues are:

  • Robots vs. Immigrants: Solving Workplace Deficiencies
  • Integrating The Elderly Into The Economy

Full issue summaries are posted HERE.

The 2019 ENVIRONMENT Issues are:

  • Reducing International Dependence On Oil
  • Universalizing Access to Clean Water

Full issue summaries can be found HERE.

The 2019 Human Rights issues are:

  • Legalizing Assisted Suicide
  • Uighur Muslims: Protecting Human Rights in China

Full issue summaries can be found HERE

The 2019 NATO Issues are:

  • Securing the Arctic
  • Re-evaluating The Iran Deal

Full issue summaries are posted HERE

The 2019 Security Council Issues are:

  • Ensuring Stability in Sudan Post-UNAMID Mandate
  • Syria: Addressing Foreign Intervention

Full issue summaries posted HERE.

To view the full issue summary for the 2018 Special Committee on Restarting the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Issue, click HERE.

The 2019 Territorial Disputes Issues are:

  • Determining the Status of Northern Cyprus
  • Resolving Claims In the South China Sea

Full issue summaries can be viewed HERE.

The 2019 Trade and Development Issues are:

  • Establishing Economically-Viable Healthcare Systems in Developing Nations
  • Ensuring Fair Competition and Successful Global Trade in the Agricultural Sector

Full issue summaries can be seen HERE

The Historical Security Council (1979) Issues are:

  • The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
  • The Iranian Revolution

Full issue summaries are posted HERE.