April 4, 2020
Stuyvesant High School

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Committees for StuyMUNC 2020

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 StuyMUNC 2020's committee selection to prove enlightening and in-depth.

First World Countries and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Despite the landmark Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons treaty, for the last thirty years multiple nations have been able to gain access to nuclear weapons. In particular, this has been caused by influences from first world nations. Nuclear weapons are mostly possessed by first world countries, such as the USA, France, the UK, etc. Due to their influence, more and more leaders around the world want to obtain nuclear weapons and technologies to create them. The General Assembly should focus on trying to outline the regulations and policies which would solidify the role of first world countries in the incentivization of nuclear weapons.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Ahmed Hussein
Directors: Inour Awad & Andrey Sokolov
The Refugee Crisis on the Colombian-Venezuelan Border

In this committee, delegates will discuss possible solutions to resolve the instability between the Colombian-Venezuelan border which limits the opportunities of both countries' refugees. Colombia and Venezuela have rich histories of political instability, corruption and dangerous conflicts as well as a dynamic, ever-evolving relationship between the two. Since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro closed the Colombian-Venezuelan border in 2015, deporting Colombian migrants, the situation has been quelled, and the borders reopened, but the volatility of the region continue to produce refugees from both countries and an everlasting conflict.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Harper Andrews
Directors: Elizabeth Razumov & Eugene Yoo
Controlling the Spread of Online Female Harassment

Since 2010, UN Women has worked tirelessly to promote gender equality, confront discrimination, and create new opportunities for women worldwide. This UN Women committee will focus on the more recent issue of online gender based violence. Delegates will work to form resolutions that encompass the best ways to control the spread of female assault online. This committee will mostly include delegates from more developed countries, as countries with limited access to the internet will have yet to determine their stance on this issue.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Olivia Tedesco
Directors: Julia Williams & Naya Mukul
New York City Council
The Future of Rikers Island

The New York City Council is a unicameral legislative body that acts in the background to run the intricacies of the city that never sleeps. It is tasked today with dictating the future of Rikers Island, the notorious main prison complex of the city that has been scrutinized for its practices of neglect and heavy abuse towards its prisoners, many mentally ill. It is time for the New York City Council to step in before the crisis in the prison escalates further. Considering the limitations of the council and the New York City Budget, councilmembers will be expected to come out of this committee with a viable solution to dealing with the controversial establishment. Let us not smear the reputation of the Big Apple any further—good luck.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Asif Sattar
Director: Nina Paolini-Rota
The Land Cruiser War: Darfur 2003

The War in Darfur, or the Land Cruiser War has been a long term conflict between the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebel groups both attempting to reform and fight the government in Sudan for oppressing Darfur's (the Sudanese capital) non-Arab population. The government harshly responded to revolt through a violent campaign of ethnic cleansing against non-Arabs resulting in deaths of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese citizens under President Omar al-Bashir's reign, regarded as some of the worst crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. For this very reason, we request delegates to resolve the humanitarian and political crisis with respect and maturity, as this crisis is a gruesome but overlooked one, that could potentially set precedents for future humanitarian crises.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Vishwaa Sofat
Director: Justin Murdock
39th US Senate
Resolving Post-Civil War Conflicts

The 39th U.S. Senate is set in the wake of the surrender of Confederate forces at Appomattox Court House and the passing of the Thirteenth Ammendment, right before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the subsequent ascension of Andrew Johnson to presidency. While there will not be a set agenda, the general topic of discussion during this session will be centered around the issue of Reconstruction, and how to improve the status of minorities in the states. Delegates representing both Union and Confederate states will be responsible for working to readmit states into the Union, debating civil rights legislature, and healing a divided nation after a divisive civil war.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Frank Yang
Director: Daniel Lyalin
Developing a Sustainable Green Economy for SIDS

The phrase "Small Island Developing States" (or SIDS) might conjure up images of pristine beaches and turquoise waters, but in reality, each of these countries struggles against a unique set of challenges brought on by its specific social, economic, and environmental context. As the world we know continues to advance and evolve, these fifty-seven countries and territories face the threat of being left in the dust. In this committee, delegates will tackle the key to helping these isolated societies thrive: envisioning a self-sustaining, environmentally friendly economic system for SIDS around the world. From renewable energy to national exports, every aspect of the economy must be accounted for, all while preserving the individual culture that makes each one of these island states such an integral part of our global community.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Tejas Narayan
Director: Manolee Merlet
The 2011 Lockout

The 2011-12 NBA season did not begin until Christmas Day, nearly two months after the originally scheduled opening. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) could not agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), leading to a tense lockout filled with yelling matches, controversial Tweets, fines, and high-profile lawsuits. The two sides argued over complex issues including the division of revenue and salary cap, leading to a shortened season and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. In this committee, representatives from the NBA and NBPA will sit together and try to iron out their differences. The goal is to create a comprehensive CBA that will satisfy them both, and they must do so as quickly as possible, with restless fans, players who could bolt overseas, and big money on the line.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Max Goldstein
Director: James Lee
Greek City States
The Peloponnesian Wars

Welcome to the council of Ancient Greek City states! In this committee, you will be a representative from one of the many city states in Greece at this time. You will be discussing and debating the ongoing Peloponnesian War between the states of Athens and Sparta. In committee, you will be tasked with choosing a side in the war, or creating your own. You will then need to work with other delegates in order to achieve your shared interests and have your desired outcome for the war. This committee is a crisis committee, where delegates will react and respond to ongoing events. Delegates of all skill levels are welcome to participate. We look forward to seeing you there!

Read the background guide here. Chair: Claire Tempelman
Director: Joshua Gindis
Atlantic City Conference
The Inception of American Organized Crime

They've come from far and wide; men of crime from all over the United States. Italians, Jews, and Irishmen alike convene in Atlantic City on an early May weekend in 1929. Meyer Lansky is celebrating his recent marriage, and men of power from all ends of the nation are joining him in his celebration. Who can say what the future will hold for organized crime, as these leaders come together to discuss their plans? Can the families maintain control as both the Mustache Petes and the U.S. president are supplanted by a new power? Has Prohibition spelled doom for the bootleggers, or will the steady flow of cash endure? Keep a watchful eye as the festivities begin at the Breakers Hotel, and remember: "A smile can get you far, but a smile with a gun can get you further."—Al Capone

Read the background guide here. Chair: Joseph Yusufov
Director: Ian Graham
Nixon's Cabinet
The Watergate Scandal

On June 17, 1972, three years into Nixon's presidential term, five men accessed confidential documents in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate Office Building. The Nixon administration, then entangled in the controversial Vietnam War, had ample cause to steal files from the DNC in an effort to secure a second term. Even though one of the burglars arrested has CIA connections, Nixon adamantly denied any connection to the burglary. The cabinet is being called together just hours after the break-in in an endeavor to mitigate the spread of belief of the president's involvement in the unauthorized espionage. It is in the interest of each cabinet member to adhere to the requests of Nixon while also upholding individual reputations: this balance between truth and compliance crucial in determining the future of the oval office. Cabinet members must stay wary of whistleblowers and attentive to the rising public speculation whilst also being prepared for significant updates and press interjections.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Alexander Gattegno
Director: Elio Torres
Hong Kong (2019)
The Protests of Hong Kong

In this committee, delegates will have the daunting task of representing members of Hong Kong government as they face the largest protests in Hong Kong's history. They will need to take action to de-escalate tensions between protestors and police, balance the interests of the mainland with the demands of the protestors, mitigate the disruption of school and work currently facing Hong Kong, respond to the concerns of the international community, and find a solution that brings peace back to the city in the most diplomatic way possible. The future of Hong Kong hangs in the balance, and delegates will be expected to handle this sensitive issue in a serious, appropriate manner.

Read the background guide here. Chair: Julia Pepper
Director: Jason Lam
The Bell Breakup
The End of a Monopoly

In 1982, United States v. AT&T closed with the ruling that the American Telephone and Telegraph Company Corporation (AT&T Corp.) was required to relinquish control over the smaller operating companies (called Regional Bell Operating Companies, or RBOCs), on grounds of violating antitrust laws. Effectively ending the de-facto telecommunications monopoly AT&T and the Bell System, nine total new standalone companies—referred to informally as 'Baby Bells'—were created in 1984 by the divestiture of AT&T. Delegates will be forced to act and innovate in a new era of telecommunications, facing new technologies and pressure from international competitors. Who will survive? Who will thrive?

Read the background guide here. Chair: Ahmed Sultan
Director: Victor Veytsman
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Register for StuyMUNC 2020

DELEGATION REGISTRATION SINGLE DELEGATE REGISTRATION Please expect email confirmations from our email,, soon after the submission of your registration form.

Registration period Dates Delegate fee Delegation fee
Early Registration January 8th — March 1st $40 $40
Registration March 1st — March 21st $45 $45
Single Delegations January 8th — March 21st $45 --


We request that all invoices be paid in full by the conference date.

We will be accepting checks upon check-in on Saturday, April 4th. Please make your check payable to: Stuyvesant High School, with Model United Nations (StuyMUN) in the memo.

We will also accept mailed checks, and request that you have them postmarked by Saturday, March 21st. If you wish to mail your check, please address your envelope to: Stuyvesant Model UN, Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10282.


Due to necessary conference preparations, we will not be able to accommodate any modifications to your invoice beyond 5:00pm on Saturday, March 21st. You will be obligated to pay your remaining balance after this date, and we will not be able to fulfill requests to add or drop delegates to your delegation.

Please email StuyMUNC directly at with any requests to modify your delegation, prior to March 21st.

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Conference Policies


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM - Check-in
9:15 AM - 9:50 AM - Opening ceremonies
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch Break [STAGGERED]
5:25 PM - 6:00 PM - Closing ceremonies


Delegates are expected to remain in their committees for both Committee Sessions I and Committee Sessions II. While delegates are allowed to leave committee for brief periods, they are prohibited from leaving the school building at any time. If a delegate for any reason must miss part of committee, please have the associated faculty advisor relay this information to the StuyMUNC Secretariat via email at Delegates may not leave the building during lunch. Food will be provided in the cafeteria, or delegates may bring a packed lunch from home.


While electronic devices are extremely useful in research and fact-checking, not all delegates are equipped with the same devices and internet capabilities. For this reason, electronic devices are expressly forbidden from committee while in session. All committee documents (working papers, notes and speeches) must be received on paper, handwritten.


StuyMUNC greatly encourages pre-conference research. Position papers are strongly recommended, though not mandatory. Should a delegate write a position paper, they will be guaranteed feedback if they submit it to their chairs via email by Friday, March 27th.


Delegates are expected to wear Western Business Attire (WBA) for all committee sessions (closed-toed shoes, dress/dress shirt and skirt or slacks for those who wish to dress in traditional female attire and a dress shirt, tie and slacks for those wishing to dress in traditional male attire). In the case of a delegate being unable to obtain WBA, the Secretariat does mandate that a spirit of formality in both dress and behavior be maintained.


To ensure safety, delegates must wear their nametags while at StuyMUNC. Should a delegate misplace their nametag, they may ask their dais or any StuyMUNC staff for a replacement.


Pre-written documents, including but not limited to: pre-written working papers in their entirety, pre-written operative or preambulatory clauses, pre-written notes, and pre-written directives, are expressly forbidden. However, pre-conference research and speech planning is not only allowed but highly encouraged. Delegates are encouraged to collaborate amongst themselves during the lunch break should they find time to do so.


Decorum, defined as behavior in good taste, is expected throughout the StuyMUNC day. Any delegate known to have exhibited disruptive, harassing, or abusive behavior in or out of committee will have the guardian listed on their registration notified and may be dismissed from the conference at the Secretariat's discretion.


StuyMUNC can not take responsibility for the loss of any personal belongings. However any delegate found stealing from another may be dismissed from the conference at the Secretariat's discretion, and the guardian or faculty advisor noted on their registration will be notified.


Any conference participant (be they delegate, conference staffer or dais member) found to have harassed, assaulted or discriminated against a conference participant or school official will be immediately dismissed from the conference at the discretion of the Secretariat, and the guardian noted on their registration will be notified. Reports of misconduct may be made in the form of a note to the dais. Should a delegate prefer a different route of reporting misconduct (harassment, assault or discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, or disability), they may email

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