WHSMUN 2020 (3/19-3/20) has been cancelled by the University’s administration in response to COVID-19 (Please see the University’s link on the top of the page for the most up to date information for our campuses)
We are all deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of our WHSMUN participants, educators, staff facilitators and our on and off campus community.members. Thank you to all of you for your hard work, support, preparation and commitment to the conference and our shared humanity as a global community that cares about taking action and working toward solutions for the complex issues facing our communities! This is even more critical and encouraged today!
While we are unable to reschedule WHSMUN 2020, we can share the dates for WHSMUN 2021 are Monday, March 22 – Tuesday, March 23* (Please note the change in the days of the week) We are also working as a team to discuss what actions we may be able to take and/or learning opportunities we may be able to offer in regards to the World Health Organization’s information and on-going response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. as well as all of the research, preparation, position papers, and interest in the issues being explored for our simulations this year.
Our WHSMUN conference is a two-day conference offering high school students a rewarding and challenging opportunity to learn about foreign policy and gain experience in the skills of international diplomacy through simulations of real-world issues impacting individuals, families, and communities in member-states being discussed at the United Nations.
If you are experienced or have never participated in Model UN before, there is a place for you at WHSMUN!
General Conference Information:
The WHSMUN 2019 Delegate Agenda is a great way to see a brief snapshot of the conference. Please note the timing of activities in the schedule will stay the same for this year but the topics and speakers will be different for the 2020 Delegate Agenda.
Background guides will give a brief overview of the issue and some guiding questions to consider. They are meant to be a starting place for delegates to begin their research but are by no means comprehensive and inclusive of all of the information on that particular issue. This allows for great research skill building as well as the flexibility for addressing each issue generally and then specifically as it pertains to the country the delegates are representing.
GA First Committee (Disarmament and International Security)
Topic 1.1: Safe Removal and Refurbishment of Unexploded Ordnances
Topic 1.2: Consideration of what Constitutes a WMD
Topic 1.3: Governance of International Waters
Topic 1.4: Citizens’ Rights to Privacy in Matters of International Security
GA Second Committee (Economic & Financial)
Topic 2.1: The Interconnected Nature of FDI and National Sovereignty
Topic 2.2: Rural Entrepreneurship
Topic 2.3: Reconsideration of the sources of UN Funding
Topic 2.4: The Impact of Automation on Developing Nations
GA Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian & Cultural)
Topic 3.1: Global Learning Crisis
Topic 3.2: Infant Mortality and Rural Health
Topic 3.3: The Impact of Brain Drain on Healthcare Accessibility in Developing Nations
Topic 3.4: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Areas
United Nations Environment Assembly
Topic 4.1: Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystems
Topic 4.2: Incentivizing Private Involvement in Ocean Cleanup
Topic 4.3: Addressing Issues Relating to Desertification and Global Drought
Topic 4.4: Effective Development of Geothermal Energy
West African Conflict Between Farmers and Herders
The Status of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Historical Security Council (1974)
India’s Detonation of a Peaceful Nuclear Explosion (PNE)
Turkey Invades Cyprus
Council of the European Union
Relationships Between the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU)
Post-Brexit Funding of the European Union
Human Rights Council
Facilitating Access to Clean Water as a Human Right
Journalist Protections and the Rights of Protestors
International Court of Justice
Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan; New Zealand intervening)
Certain Criminal Proceedings in France (Republic of the Congo v. France)
Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile)
Joint Crisis Committee
The Korean War General Background
Position Papers: The deadline for GA, and UNEA position papers to be considered for an award is March 2, 2020. . The deadline for Special Council position papers is March 9, 2020. Additionally to be considered for an award papers must be properly formatted as outlined in the below Position Paper Overview: Research and Writing Guide.
Delegate Resources and Useful Tools:
- Position Paper Writing and Research Guide – Please reference this guide for the correct format for position papers to be considered for awards.
- Research Graphic Organizer
- Research Sources Guide
Resolution Writing Resources:
- Drafting a Resolution Guide
- Procedure for Passing and Amending a Resolution
- Examples of Phrases for Pre-ambulatory and Operative Clauses
Parliamentary Procedure Resources:
- WHSMUN Parliamentary Rules and Procedures – Updated 3/15/16
- WHSMUN Parliamentary Procedure Short Forms
If you are interested in the conference or have questions, please contact WHSMUN Coordinator, Dina Wolf, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: (414) 229-3312 (Direct Line) or WHSMUN 2020 Secretary-General, Aidan Blecke, at email@example.com.