A one to two-page position paper is strongly recommended for all participating delegates at the conference. We recommend this to focus everyone’s attention on the committee topics ahead of time. We have found that preparing these promotes more thoughtful discussion. Do not let this requirement impede your decision to attend the conference. We are only trying to make the conference discussion better.
Any delegate may submit their position paper to be considered for the Benjamin J. Maher ’11 Best Position Paper Award. You may submit the paper by email to the chair of the committee or hand it in at the start of the committee.
HERE BELOW ARE THE BC HIGH MODEL UN XXVI COMMITTEES
Middle School Committee
UNHCR: Rights of Immigrants
In politics today, there is not an issue more divisive and partisan than immigration. All over the world, refugees flee from war stricken nations, and seek asylum from a multitude of issues, including gangs, terrorism, and the drug trade. Many refugees live in squalid conditions in refugee camps, but do not have legal permission to cross borders, and gain safety in other countries.
1. What can be done to help immigrants denied entry, without forcing countries to open their borders?
2. Is there any way to prevent immigrants from being displaced?
3. Are refugees just a part of society that we must learn to accept?
High School Committees
SOCHUM: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Beginner)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects close to fifteen million people worldwide. Symptoms of this disease are difficult to diagnose and may not appear until years after the traumatic event causing the condition took place. Only recently, in 1980, did the American Psychiatric Association recognize PTSD as a disease. While awareness has grown in the past few decades, PTSD remains a pressing issue for many people that many argue has not been adequately addressed. Your task is through your respective countries to lobby the United Nations for increased funding in order to find lasting solutions to this worldwide problem. It is up to you to decide what strategy is best for overcoming this global issue.
1. Will you address this issue through prevention, increasing funding for psychiatric care and research, or treatment?
General Asembly 1: Genocide in Myanmar (Beginner)
Death surrounds the the country of Myanmar. The citizens are being eviscerated and forced from their homes. Over 400,000 refugees are fleeing the corruption taking place in their country. This committee will tackle multiple angles of this tragedy.
1. How will we address the human rights violations against the victims?
2. How will we provide aid to those stranded in their country?
3. How can change be implemented in Myanmar so that there will be an end to the corruption?
4. What will we do to help the 400,000 refugees fleeing from their country?
General Assembly 2: UN Sustainable Development Goal #5 - Gender Equality (Beginner)
The abuse of power has bolstered thousands of years of suppression, mistreatment, and negligence that has severely harmed the gender dynamics of contemporary society. Some nations have made significant progress; however, many women still experience abuse. At the moment, forty-nine countries have no laws specifically protecting women from domestic violence. Thirty-seven countries exempt rape prosecution if the offender is married to or plans to marry the victim. Physical and psychological abuse based on gender haunts every nation.
1. How can the delegates of this General Assembly committee effectively eliminate the violence and exploitation of the women in the global community?
DISEC: Illegal Arms Trade in Africa (Beginner)
The Illegal Arms Trade in Africa is a growing problem, with numerous facets that keep it from being a simple issue. Though Africa has few large arms manufacturers, it is still under a cloud of an incessant illicit arms trade. Numerous deaths can be attributed to illegal small arms, and arms brokerage is a booming business, fueled by civil wars, regional problems, and ongoing feuds. These problems compound the ongoing rise of Islamic terrorism, and the continuous terror of Boko Haram, etc. Though there have been solutions enacted at various levels of government, they have failed to stem the tide.
1. Are there more holistic solutions to this problem?
2. Is it necessary?
Trial of Socrates: Charges of Corruption of Youth and Atheism (Intermediate)
Join us on our philosophical travels back to the year 399 BCE to determine Socrates’s guilt on the charges of impiety against the pantheon of Athens and corruption of the youth. Find the answer to these questions and MORE, March 3rd at 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA
1. Why, at the old age of 70, was such a true philosophical scholar’s life taken in a society enjoying more freedom and democracy than the world had ever seen?
2. Is it dangerous to teach young people to question their elders?
3. Is it dangerous to teach young people to question common societal practices, even if they question corruption and common social norms?
British House of Commons: Independence for India 1947 (Intermediate)
The citizens of the British Indian Empire have made their intentions clear. They want independence. India is the largest revenue producing colony in the British Empire. Indian protests, riots, and rebellion prove that these British subjects no longer wish to be subject to the British East India Company. Indian protest organizers like Mahatma Gandhi have organized British citizens to renounce their citizenship. Britain is on the brink of war.
1. What should the British government do?
2. Is it better to seek peace and avoid troop escalation?
3. What about the King’s financial interests in this region of the British Empire?
Historical US Senate: Annexation of Texas 1844 (Intermediate)
The year is 1844, Our Country was involved in one of the greatest political debates of our history: The Annexation of Texas. After The Declaration of Independence of Texas from the Mexican government in March of 1836, many of the citizens of The Republic of Texas pushed to join the the United States of America. John Tyler spent his first term of presidency attempting to convince the senate to approve his plan for annexation of the newly formed pro-slavery country. After the election of 1844, where Pro-Annexation James Polk won, Tyler submits one more joint-resolution to the Legislative Branch. Join the 1844 US Senate as Pro-Texas Southern
Democrats argue with Anti-Slavery Northern Whigs, as pro-expansion northern Democrats clash with anti-annexation Whigs.
1. Will Texas find a new home with the U.S.?
2. Will Tyler rush through his treaty for Annexation?
3. Will Texas, an independent nation that legalizes slavery, be admitted to the United States? What are the ramifications of Texas joining the United States?
Paris Peace Conference: Treaty of Versailles (Intermediate)
It is June 1919. The Principal Allied and Associated Powers are joined by the Central Powers to clean up and begin the reconstruction after World War I. President Woodrow Wilson presented the assembly with his fourteen points that could help this reconstruction process and prevent another war of this magnitude. Many of these points are highly contentious. For example, point IV, “Adequate guarantees given and taken that national armaments will be reduced to the lowest point consistent with domestic safety.” Another area of concern surrounds the return of land lost in the Franco-Prussian War in 1871.
1. Should this be allowed?
2. Should the land lost by France to Prussia in 1871 in the region of Alsace-Lorraine be returned?
3. Why or why not should this land not be returned to France?
4. Should Restorative Justice, to forgive and forget, or Retributive Justice that holds the Central Powers responsible be imposed?
5. Are the Allies responsible for any the Great War’s carnage?
6. Who should pay for crimes of this war?
NCAA: Student Athlete Compensation (Intermediate)
In NCAA Player Compensation, we will be working towards a solution in the current system of amateurism in college sports. Participants will represent commissioners of NCAA conferences, NCAA executives, and athletic directors from various Division 1 programs.
1. Should college student-athletes be compensated for the entertainment labor?
2. Could an Olympic model be used that is used by IOC?
3. Should an athletic trust be established that would be accessible after a player graduates?
4. Should athletes receive salaries?
Vatican II: Church in the Modern World (Intermediate)
It is 1963. With the world in crisis and societies on the brink of nuclear warfare, the Church of Rome must act. The two superpowers of the world are in a Cold War that could break out at any moment—all with the push of a button. People are turning away from God and towards a more secular lifestyle. Pope John XXIII has called us, the leaders of the Catholic Church, to unite with people of all religions, fix the major flaws in our own faith, and settle all doctrinal issues facing
the Roman Catholic Church. More than one billion Catholics are scattered throughout the world and we must stand up to defend the rights and hear the cries of our people—God’s children.
1. What are the major problems facing the Roman Catholic Church?
2. Should changes be made to open the windows of the Church and bring in fresh air?
3. Is it best to tinker with an institution that has thrived and survived over 1,960 years?
New York City Council: Stonewall Riots and Gay Rights (Advanced)
The 1969 Stonewall Riots were a series of radical, violent conflicts between the LGBTQ+ community and New York City police officers at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village. Stonewall is often considered the start of the modern gay liberation movement. However, such a historic event does not come without controversy (after all, this was a violent riot -- with Molotov cocktails, tear gas, brick throwing, and parking meter battering rams). Acting as the New York City Council in the late 20th century, this committee will focus on a) the relevant work done prior to Stonewall, b) acting as arbiter between the police and protesters during the riots, c) passing revolutionary gay rights legislation, and d) managing the AIDs epidemic.
Summit for the Future of Taxi Cabs, Uber, and Lyft (Advanced)
Over the last eight years companies like Uber and Lyft popped up in cities and suburbs. Those companies took away ridership from taxi companies who have passed their work down for
1. Do you think these Uber and Lyft should be regulated like taxi cab companies are across the planet?
2. Is ride sharing legal? Has technology made the taxi cab model obsolete?
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Triple Joint Crisis: War of the Pacific (Advanced)
In 1879, Peru and Bolivia, who had signed a secret alliance, declared war on Chile over a “Ten Cents Tax” imposed on a Chilean mining Company. The three countries fought bitterly at the peaks of the Andes for almost four years. As a member of one of the three governments, it will be your job not only to win the war, but to keep your nation’s struggling economy from collapse and keep your people from dissolving your own government. This Triple Crisis Committee is as much about internal struggles.
1. What economic, social, and political disputes need resolution?
2. What are the international military disputes that need resolution?
3. What are the cultural issues at work in these South American countries that feed these disputes?