WHSMUN: Thursday, March 21 – Friday, March 22, 2019

WHSMUN 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:

If you are new to WHSMUN or you need a general refresher on preparation, activities, and delegate and staff rules and expectations for the conference, please take some time reviewing an updated WHSMUN General Guidebook from 2018.

For final preparations please see the WHSMUN 2019 Delegate Agenda and the WHSMUN Delegate Code of Conduct.

General Assembly(GA) Main Committee and Special Council Background Guides:

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: Orbital Nuclear Weapons and the Militarization of Space
  • Topic 1.2: The Future of Nanotechnology
  • Topic 1.3: 21st Century Cybersecurity Challenges
  • Topic 1.4: Asymmetric Warfare in the 21st Century
GA Second Committee (Economic & Financial)

  • Topic 2.1: Combating Currency Manipulation
  • Topic 2.2: Avoiding the Middle Income Trap
  • Topic 2.3: Renewable Energy in Sustainable Development
  • Topic 2.4: Women’s Role in Economic Development
GA Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian & Cultural)

  • Topic 3.1: Treatment of Prisoners
  • Topic 3.2: The Right to a Quality Education
  • Topic 3.3: Violence Against Women
  • Topic 3.4: Social Implications of HIV/AIDS
United Nations  Environment Assembly

  • Topic 4.1: The Impacts of Air Pollution
  • Topic 4.2: Halting Deforestation
  • Topic 4.3: Ocean Plastic Pollution
  • Topic 4.4: Threat of Species Extinction and Biodiversity

Please click on special council guides to access the councils and issues listed below.

Security Council

  • The Situation in Yemen as it Relates to Humanitarian Aid
  • The Status of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty
  • Cybersecurity in Elections
Historical Security Council (1956)

  • Suez Canal Crisis
  • The Situation in Hungary
Council of the European Union

  • Sustainable Energy Use in Europe
  • Continuation and Status of Brexit
Human Rights Council

  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Maintenance of Indigenous Cultures
  • Access to the Internet as a Human Right
International Court of Justice

  • Case 1: Request for Interpretation of the Judgement of 31 March 2004 in the Case concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States of America)
  • Case 2: Certain Iranian Assets (Currently Pending – United States of America v. Iran)
  • Case 3: Obligations concerning Negotiations relating to Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and to Nuclear Disarmament
  • Case 4: Legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Maritius in 1965 (Request for Advisory Opinion)
Joint Crisis Committee

  • The Prague Spring 1968

Position Papers:  The deadline for GA, and UNEA position papers to be considered for an award is March 1, 2019. The deadline for Special Council position papers is extended to March 8, 2019. Additionally to be considered for an award papers must be properly formatted as outlined in the below Position Paper Overview: Research and Writing Guide.

Please click on POSITION PAPERS to upload your papers.  The username and password is being sent to your advisers.

Delegate Resources and Useful Tools: 

Resolution Writing Resources:

Parliamentary Procedure Resources:


If you are interested in the conference or have questions, please contact WHSMUN Coordinator, Dina Wolf, by e-mail: wolfd@uwm.edu or by phone: (414) 229-3312 (Direct Line) or WHSMUN 2019 Secretary-General, Sara Fox, at wisconsinhighschoolmun@gmail.com.