Committees for the 12th Session of SLMUN

Committees for the 12th Session of SLMUN.

General Assembly 1 (GA1)

Conference Topic –  Discussing the ramifications of the presence of Non-State Actors (NSAs) in international and civil armed conflict inclusive of paramilitaries and PMCs.

The 1st General Assembly is one of the most important committees in any United Nations Conference.Entertaining the participation of all UN member and observer nations, the GA1 performs discourse on matters of international security ranging from global nuclear disarmament to combating piracy on the high seas to even discussing about the rise of different types of weapons.The 1st General Assembly for the 12th session of SLMUN will be chaired by Ovindu Randunu, Jaimmy Nanayakkara and Bilaal Marikar.

General Assembly 3 (GA3)

Conference Topic – Examining child rights in conflict areas.

The United Nations Third General Assembly relates to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world.The committee will hear and interact with special rapporteurs, independent experts, and chairs of working groups as mandated by the Human Rights Council. The committee also discusses various other issues such as questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination whilst addressing important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice and international drug control. These issues are fundamental to improving the quality of human life while preserving our social and humanitarian affairs. The 3rd General Assembly for the 12th session will be chaired by Manilka De Fonseka, Anjalee Wanduragala and Danindu Wickramaarachchi.

World Health Association (WHA)

Conference Topic - Tackling social issues relating to the global phenomenon of mental health, with special emphasis on the lack of understanding, social stigma and the lack of accessibility to treatment facilities.

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the WHO and is responsible for the determination of the policies of the WHO, appointment of the Director General, supervision of the financial policies and reviewing and approving the programme budget. The WHA working in tandem with the WHO has been able to successfully respond to the Cholera Outbreak in Syria, The Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil, preventing the spread of polio in Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger adding to the success story of the WHA and Who in recent times proving to be an effective and capable organization.The International standards and benchmarks of health facilities and medications are also set up by the World Health Organization as a means of improving the access of quality medication to all. The WHO functions through the donations of the member nations and small commitments by private institutions. The WHA will be chaired by Andrew GooneratneChaavendra Dunuwille, Asidha Paul and Nethmi Liyanapathirane. 

Commission for the Status of Women (CSW)

Conference Topic – Sexual violence against refugees, returnees and
internally displaced women and women trafficking focusing on conflicted regions

The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11 of 21 June 1946. The Commission for the Status of Women will be chaired by Meleeza Rathnayake, Yasith Amarasignhe and Sahlah Anees.

Human Rights Council

Conference Topic –  Assessing the Impact of Electronic Surveillance on Human rights.

Responsible for the strengthening and protection of human rights across the globe, the UNHRC looks into a number of important rights, such as the freedom of association and assembly, freedom of expression, freedom of belief and religion, women rights, LGBT rights as well as the rights of racial and ethnic minorities. In addition, the council also receives thematic and country specific reports through special procedures and from the office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.While the UNHRC holds its annual session each year during the months of March, June and September, at a time of an emergency, on the request of 1/3 of member states, the council can decide to hold a special session at any time. The HRC for the 12th Session will be chaired by Seth Ganepola and Naveera Perera.

Group of 20 (G20)

Conference Topic – Migration and Refugee Flow’s Impact on the Global Economy

The Group of Twenty is an international forum at which the leaders and Central Bank Governors of the countries involved gather to discuss economic and financial stability worldwide. The G20 consists of 19 countries which have either large economies that have major impact in the global markets or fast-growing economies which are both affecting and largely affected by the global economy and the European Union. A summit of the Group of Twenty is usually held once a year. The current Chairman of the G20 is the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.The objectives of the G20 are Policy coordination between its members in order to achieve global economic stability, sustainable growth, to promote financial regulations that reduce risks and prevent future financial crises; and to create a new international financial architecture. G20 for the 12th session of SLMUN will be chaired by Aimee Perera,Vinusha Fernandez and Kandula Udawatta.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Conference Topic - Discussing the threats towards global information

security emphasizing on cybercrime.

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism. The UNOCD will be chaired by Shaamil Shakeer, Tharumalee Silva and Tharusha Fernando.

Security Council (SC)

Conference Topic - Combating Violent Sectarian Extremism in the Middle East.

The United Nations Security Council consists of 15 members with 5 of them being permanent and the rest being non-permanent members elected by the UNGA for a 2-year term. Its primary responsibility is maintaining international peace and security. Other functions include amending the UN charter and granting membership to new members. The UN charter provides all 3 powers of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches to the UNSC.It also has the ability to implement international sanctions, authorize peacekeeping missions and other forms of military actions after determining the existence of a threat to international peace or any other form of unjustified aggression by a member state/states, by passing resolutions which immediately becomes binding on all member nations of the international community, but only after all forms of dispute settlement by diplomatic means have been explored. Any member state of the international community regardless of their membership status to the UN is allowed to bring a dispute to the attention of the council. The Security Council for the 12th session will be chaired by Kalindu Kalinga and Ravindu Wijesinghe

International Press Corps (IPC)

The International Press Corps is a committee that is dedicated to journalism.

As an IPC Delegate one will be allocated to one of the 6 news agencies present at SLMUN and one will be given the chance to be a part of a couple of mock UN committees hosted by SLMUN.Reporters of the IPC will not merely report the council proceedings. It is not an agenda reporting but more of a debate analysis.IPC will listen and analyze the debates in their respective committees and present articles at the end of each day. The delegates are given access to use their laptops, cameras and recorders to aid their article. What is expected of an IPC delegate is to deliver an article comprising these debates from any angle they have chosen within the mandate of their news agency. This may sound simple yet practically it could be quite tricky. As an inherit journalist when reporting  on these international politics to the general public the greatest challenge is to stay unbiased of one’s personal opinions .The IPC are to build the bridge between the common community and the delegates within the walls of the committees.

This year the IPC will be headed by Shenali Perera, with the help of the Director of News and Media Amana Iflal and Editor In Chief Chethasi Kudagamage alongside the News and Media Team - Shabnam Hilal,Yakuta Dawood, Vinhara Randeny, Shontaal Manuelpillai, Anjalee Ranasignhe and Marius Suarez.

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