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October 12, 2019
Stuyvesant High School

(345 Chambers Street, New York, NY, 10282)
What is miniMUNC?

Since its inception in Summer 2018 by former Directors-General Ahmed Sultan and Ben Platt, miniMUNC has primarily sought to deal with two issues — conference affordability, and a harsh, often unforgiving learning environment for new delegates looking to become involved.

Model UN is an activity which one can only truly improve through practice and experience; however, many novice delegates are thrust into their first conference without adequate amounts of preparation, or a clear idea on how to participate. New delegates are often taken advantage of or exposed to bad situations in committees — because of this, many MUN-hopefuls stop participating after their first experiences. Conference costs also prove to be a barrier, as some conferences simply demand too high of a price for individuals or school delegations to be able to afford.

miniMUNC aims to work toward solving these issues. Stuyvesant's team, led by Directors-General Alma Thaler and Julian Bedolis, works to provide a unique, novice-friendly experience that can be enjoyed by all delegates, all at an affordable price. Delegates who attend miniMUNC will be able to participate in workshops, with lessons curated by experienced MUN members, and committees that have been specially designed to be fun for those of all levels of experience — whether they be new to the MUN concept, or a seasoned delegate.

We hope to see you there!

— the Stuyvesant Model United Nations team


Committees for miniMUNC 2019

Here at StuyMUN, we strive to create interesting committees, and foster intellectually stimulating debate on topics throughout history from around the world. We hope that you find miniMUNC 2019's committee selection to prove enlightening and in-depth.

UNHCR
Protecting European Romani fromDiscrimination and Violence

Chair: Tejas Narayan
Chair: Joshua Gindis
Director: Elizabeth Razumov

The Romani have always been a people without a home. Once known as Gypsies, the Roma are a diverse race with mysterious origins who have faced persistent discrimination ever since they migrated to Europe thousands of years ago. What began as slander pegging the Roma as thieving crooks has since evolved into widespread systemic discrimination which continues to pervade much of Southern Europe to this day. In this committee, delegates will be tasked with dismantling the age-old hierarchy responsible for the oppression and persecution of the Roma. Any solution will have to simultaneously deescalate rising tensions and improve race relations in hopes of avoiding violence. Through a series of negotiations and debates, delegates will strive to give the Romani a home once and for all.

Background Guide
WFP
Resolving the Yemeni Food Crisis

Chair: Harper Andrews
Director: Justin Murdock
Director: Neve Diaz-Carr

The World Food Programme is the chapter of the United Nations committed to ending world hunger, achieving food security and improving global nutrition. During the MiniMUNC session of the WFP, delegates will be tasked with formulating resourceful and creative solutions to the dreadful Yemeni famine. The crisis in Yemen is deeply intertwined with the Yemeni Civil War, which put over 17 million civilians at risk. It’s up to delegates to overcome decades or even centuries of in-fighting to reach a just solution. We are excited to see delegates engage in electric debate and create ingenious resolutions!

Background Guide
IOC
Determining the Location of the 2032 Olympics

Chair: Claire Tempelman
Director: Naya Mukul
Director: Isabel Ching

Welcome to the International Olympic Committee! With your fellow committee members, influential people from across the globe, you will make decisions for the most important event in athletics. For this session, you will tackle the topics of the location of the 2032 Olympics and the status of transgender and intersex athletes, ending with writing a committee-wide resolution about your decisions on these topics. This committee is for delegates with any level of experience who are excited about discussing these complicated topics.

Background Guide
ILO
Labor Rights in the Garment Industries of Developing Nations

Chair: Julia Pepper
Director: Maya Dunayer
Director: Ian Graham

This year, the International Labour Organization will celebrate its 100th anniversary, marking 100 years of work to bring together governments, employers, and workers of 187 member states. Making use of a tripartite governing structure which consists of the General Conference, the Bureau of Workers’ Activities, and the Bureau of Employers’ Activities, the International Labour Organization works to set labor standards and develop policies that protect all workers regardless of race, gender, or religion. This year at MiniMUNC, we will be debating the issue of labor rights in the garment industry from the perspective of government delegates to the ILO. It’s no secret that the trend of “fast fashion” has led to many major clothing brands using unethical business practices in factories and sweatshops all around the world, driving prices down at the expense of worker safety and wages. We look forward to having a fruitful discourse about the best way to protect the rights of these vulnerable workers and address the issues they face, from ensuring fair wages and hours, to protecting their right to unionize, to protecting female emloyees from sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination.

Background Guide
Chernobyl
Grappling with the Effects of the Chernobyl Disaster

Chair: Jason Lam
Chair: Leon Maksin
Director: Victor Veytsman

In April 1986, the most catastrophic nuclear accident in human history occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine. In this committee delegates will travel to the Soviet Union to join the Soviet Politburo, meeting to decide on a course of action and separate fact from fiction. As delegates, each committee member must grapple with the collapsing structure of the Soviet Union, increasing pressure from the rest of the world in the wake of the incident, and surviving the clutches of the shadowy KGB, all while saving the lives of their fellow comrades. The fate of the country depends on the decisions made here, and the sacrifices that will need to be made will irrevocably change the history of the world. Watching HBO’s Chernobyl and/or having a good understanding of the incident is highly recommended.

Background Guide
Check out our video from last year's miniMUNC!

Interested? Have any questions or concerns?
Contact us at stuymunc2020@gmail.com!