The United Nations Association Nancy is working hard to provide you with the best possible MUN experience. This is why MUNancy 2018 will include not only traditional committees, such as the United Nations Security Council, but also a Crisis Committee and other specialized committees for experienced delegates.
In line with our campus’ trilingual program, we will debate in English and French.
You can find a list of our divers committees below (Topics may be subject to change):
African Union (committee in French)
FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)
Topic 1: Empowering women and promoting gender equality in 21st century’s professional football
After a long history of men in sports, the time for change has come. After UEFA’s Women’s Euro 2017, which has sparked football fans’ interest in Women football all over Europe, reforms are desperately needed: on the pitch, as well as in marketing and management. Join the ride inside Nancy MUN’s FIFA Council to finally empower women and promote gender equality in all areas of modern associative football, which has been « men-only » for too long
Topic 2: Draining the swamp: Tackling corruption to promote ethics and achieve integrity in FIFA
Times are dire for FIFA. In 2015, the governing body of association football faced the biggest scandal in sports’ history: Sepp Blatter was removed from office and several high officials and associates were indicted on corruption and collusion charges. Time for reform is now. The FIFA Council sets itself the objective of draining the swamp and tackling corruption once and for all, in order to promote ethics and achieve integrity. Join the ride !
UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) – for beginners
Topic 1: Human trafficking in Libya
As many of the migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa heading to Europe are sold as slaves after being detained by smugglers or militia groups, we face the challenge to find new ways to fight human trafficking of would-be refugees in Libya. What could be done to guarantee a fair burden sharing, to control the influx of refugees to other continents while ensuring that no more lives are threatened?
Topic 2: Environmental refugee definition
The Earth’s climate is changing incredibly fast, and lots of people are already suffering from natural disasters, such as droughts, desertification, sea level rise, etc. Since 2008, almost 27 million people have been displaced due to natural disasters. Considering that the 1951 Refugee Convention’s definition of refugee does not include environmental migrants in its criteria, what status should be given to those people?
UNICEF (United Nations Children Fund) – for beginners
Topic 1: Human Rights and Education
The « Universal Declaration on Human Rights », adopted in 1948, proclaims in its article 26 that: « everyone has the right to education” Going forward, schooling has been widely recognized and developed by a large number of international normative instruments elaborated by the United Nations, including the « International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights », the « Convention on the Rights of the Child » and the UNESCO « Convention against Discrimination in Education ». As a fundamental human right, everyone regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or economic status, is has a right to education. In order to sketch guidelines aiming at providing an available, acceptable and adaptable education throughout the world, the committee will analyze issue within the frame of Human Rights. We will focus on developing the legislative and administrative frameworks to possibly provide free education around the world.
Topic 2: Parental Imprisonment
Imprisonment of one or both of a child’s parents can result in serious negative effects for the child, including social exclusion, greater financial difficulties, and what can be perceived as abandonment and rejection. It can lead to worsened behavior and achievement in school, and affect the child’s mental and physical health. The failure to consider or consult children of imprisoned parents at all stages of the criminal justice process can result in their rights being overlooked or actively damaged. The need for focused attention to be paid to the specific vulnerabilities of children of prisoners has been receiving increasing international attention. In the light of the international legislation at hand, the committee will develop a progressive approach to remedy the plight of the disadvantaged children concerned by this issue.
UN women – for beginners
Topic 1: Improving conditions of women in South Asia
DISEC (Disarmament and International Security) – for intermediate delegates
Topic 1: South China Sea
The South China Sea has long been a source of worries for the international community which has been observing the regional naval rearmament with great concern. Indeed, this specific area is important to the global sea economy and thus an international strategic meeting point. With naval actions coming mostly from China, but also the USA and France in the name of navigation’s freedom, the issue concerning the South China Sea is going to be discussed thoroughly in order to dissolve the tension which threatens international peace.
UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) – for intermediate delegates
Topic 1: The Protection of Free Press in Egypt
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, we decided to devote the efforts of the committee to the implementation of a fundamental principle expressed in that document: “the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
The delegates will be asked to provide a set of comprehensive measures in order to protect the freedom of press in Egypt. The issue has many facets to it as the challenges brought by modern technologies merge with long-lasting, systemic weaknesses. On the one hand social media started playing an increasingly pivotal role in the last decade, the protection of their neutrality and their free access therefore need to be granted and regulated. On the other hand, Egypt still has to face repeated infringements of human rights, including the unjustified imprisonment of journalists and irregular trials.
Moreover, the various delegations will need to take an even bigger challenge: propose measures which are suitable both for facing the issue itself and for conforming to the extremely complex and fragile political framework in which they are carried out.
We are looking forward to the beginning of the works in the committee and we hope you as excited about the topic as we are.
Topic 2: Protection of cultural heritage in warzones
WHO (World Health Organisation) – for intermediate delegates
Topic 1: Vaccination
The government in Italy has ruled that children must be vaccinated against 12 common illnesses before they can enrol for state-run schools. As a response to this, Italian citizens contacted the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as they believed that this new vaccination law is an attack on their human rights and their individual freedom. The World Health Organisation has warned of major measles outbreaks spreading across Europe despite the availability of a safe, effective vaccine. Anti-vaccine movements are believed to have contributed to low rates of immunisation against the highly contagious disease in a number of countries. The debate can be considered on a larger scope and we can ask ourselves how far governments can go in imposing vaccination on their population and takes us back to a constant debate of protection of the population at the cost of personal liberty.
Topic 2: Black Plague
Also known as Black Death, the plague was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. The disease caused by the Yersinia pestis struck Europe in 1347 and is estimated to have killed about half of Europe’s population at the time. Yet in 2017, a new outbreak was recorded in Madagascar, with a death toll of 200 persons, and fewer cases on the Seychelles. This second topic of Nancy’s WHO organization will analyse how the pandemic possibly could have erupted again and whether vaccination could not have prevented it all. In addition to that, we will focus on necessary control measures which should be implemented in order to prevent further outbreaks.
UNSC (United Nations Security Council) – for advanced delegates
Topic 1: East Asia, a region on the brink of nuclear war: The North Korea situation
Topic 2: The Nearer East, a region quivering to its foundation: The clashes of ideologies between Saudi Arabia and Iran
The UN Security Council (the Council) was established in 1946 under the UN Charter and is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security.
Both current developments in the regions mentioned above have seen both peace and security for the inhabitant’s question and threatened, locally and globally.
In the Security Council of MUNancy 2018 we shall therefore convey together about possible solutions to either the current standoff in Korea, the development of Nuclear Arsenal by a nation that has already been urged to cease such actions, the looming presence of considerable contingents of soldiers on both sides of the contested border and in the region as a whole and the threat of an ICBM attack to manifold targets throughout the globes.
Or we shall debate about the situation in the nearer East, a region already struggling under civil wars, terroristic or militant movements and authoritarian regimes two ideological and political camps clash and fight deputy wars.
Which one of these topics is going to be the subject of debate will be decided by the delegates themselves and with democratic means.
Crisis (TBA) – for advanced delegates
The current list of committees might be subject to modification based on demand by delegates.