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Space Colonial Crisis, 2170 (JCC)

United Nations Space Command
Agenda: Sovereignty and Human Rights in the Solar System

The United Nations Space Command will be meeting to discuss the issues of national sovereignty and human rights concerning space colonization. Space colonization has, since the Colonial Revolution in the late 21st century, been dominated by the private sector. This approach was encouraged due to the vast opportunities beyond earth, and because it was perceived corporations and companies would be less likely to incite conflict in the solar system. Unfortunately, the growth of earth’s hyper connected, massively productive economy, coupled with the vast wealth and development of space in the last centuries has given rise to an era of Megacorporations- entities wielding considerable influence in politics on earth, and effectively dominating space. This near-monopoly begs serious questions, namely of sovereignty beyond earth, and how Universal Human Rights should be applied to space. The Security Council will have to grapple with agitated colonists, deal with the political intrigues of earthly relations, and face off against the designs of Megacorporations that prioritize profit above all else. 

Space Colonial Crisis, 2170 (JCC)

5th System Corporate Summit
Agenda: Sovereignty and Human Rights in the Solar System

The advent of cheap and effective space transportation has opened a new gateway for humanity. So long constrained by the bounds of gravity and nations, we have spread out to colonize the planets, the asteroids, and someday soon, even other stars. Relying on innovation and the indominable human spirit, the brave few to venture into the solar system have become many. Now, exploiting the wealth of dozens of colonies, space-based corporations are undeniably playing a major role in the technological and economic development of humanity. The nations of earth, too long absorbed in their issues of state-hood, human rights, and archaic laws, are bitter at missing out on the next frontier. They are increasingly seeking to exert their will beyond Earth, and threaten to bring untold new regulations to the various colonies across the system. Perhaps it is time we convened to decide what role the private sector will play in the future of the solar system? The System Summit, a collection of the most powerful and influential corporations, both on earth and in space, will be deliberating on best practices, policies, and norms for trade with earth, and will be largely focused on what sort of influence they wish to have in affairs both on earth and beyond. Dealing with increasing human rights violations will also be part of the debate. As a friendly meeting of corporate representatives, the Summit is somewhat unrestrained by the procedures of the UNSC- but with new flexibility comes new challenges.



Watergate Crisis Committee, 1972

Agenda: Assessing the situation regarding the Pentagon Papers

When the Pentagon Papers were released in 1971, Nixon and his inner circle realized they were on the brink of losing credibility with the public. To prevent a potentially close race, the Committee to Re-elect the President constructed a plan to infiltrate the DNC to acquire specific tactics about their candidate, Larry O'Brien's, rival campaign. The investigation of those arrested for the break in at the Watergate Hotel, if gone unhindered, could have catastrophic consequences. Nixon now rallies those he believes to be his closest associates in an effort to obstruct this investigation before it threatens his presidency and the integrity of the Oval Office itself. However, secrets are coming out and not everyone is as loyal as they’d lead the President to believe.

New World Order, 2020

Agenda: Assessing the situation in Egypt. 

After a large economic collapse shocked the entire world, industry has all but ceased across Northern Africa. Egypt shocked the Western world after electing the authoritarian anti-democracy Ahmed Mostafa. He resonated with the voting population of Egypt with cryptic claims of expanding the power and influence of the nation. Hearing the cries for change from the civilians of surrounding nations and seeing an opportunity, Mostafa makes his move and annexes Sudan, another Muslim nation. Reports are beginning to leak out of plans for Mostafa to expand Egypt’s military and continue takeovers across the region, with no end in sight. Human rights groups and the small Christian minority within Egypt are also reporting religious discrimination and hate crimes. After 6th months in office, President Mostafa has removed the one-term limit on his presidency, set strict limitations on all citizens not subscribing to the Muslim Faith. Leaders throughout the Western world speak out against the dictator’s power-hungry actions, but early diplomatic efforts seem futile. Delegates will need to work together to stem Egypt’s expansion and address the changes that come from a new global superpower, or stand by as Mostafa gains control of all of Northeast Africa.


cyber security

United Nations Security Council, 2012

Agenda: Assessing the Cyber Security concerns in the modern world.  

Cyber Security is an important topic in today’s international climate. As technology is becoming more accessible and advanced, the need for policies in place increase and with it, risk. Within the last ten years, as technology has advanced, so too have tensions in the global market.
As you are reading this, it is 2012 and our familiarity with Cyber Security has been put to the test. In the past few years, the United States experienced a shake down with Wikileaks exposing classified information, jeopardizing its national security. This year, Edward Snowden, former employee of the NSA, released classified information committing a treasonous act in the process. The Russian Federation has given Snowden a safe haven within their borders, increasing tensions already at a high between the two nations. The United States in recent years has already been on shaky ground with Russia, especially regarding Crimea, and this recent falling out has made talks during Security Council sessions tense and contentious. With tensions high, cyber security at risk and Crimea headed for disaster, what solutions do you see as future delegates?

United Nations Human Rights Council, 2017

Agenda: Ensuring freedom from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights guarantees freedom from discrimination on the grounds of biological sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. However, in recent years, several nations have continued to violate the inherent rights of their people to dignity and equality by actively pursuing policies which oppress LGBTQIA+ individuals on these discriminatory bases which are condemned by Articles 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. How can Member States best pursue policies which guarantee freedom from these forms of discrimination? How can specific instances of consistent and widespread discrimination and persecution be addressed by the body?