The Sustainable Development Goals
- Human Rights Council (beginner)
- World Health Organisation (beginner)
- UNESCO (beginner)
- Security Council (mediocre)
- Historical Security Council (expert)
GhentMUN presents five different committees on three different levels: beginner, mediocre and expert. Every delegate will be part of one committee, discussing one or more issues, and try to defend his or her country in the best way possible.
a) Human Rights Council (beginner level)
This first committee is connected with the tenth SDG: ‘reducing inequalities’. This council, made up of 46 countries, was created in 2006 and is mandated to promote and guarantee human rights for all. Some examples of issues they tackle are: violence against children, cultural rights and equal participation in political and public affairs.
The Human Rights Council will be chaired by Anastasia Latenkova (RU) and Sebastiaan Van Severen (BE)
b) World Health Organization (beginner level)
This second committee is, as well as the first one, at beginner level. The WHO is linked with the third SDG: ‘good health and well-being’. The WHO organisation was already created in 1947 and is made up of 194 member states. Their job is to direct and coordinate authority on international health within the UN system. Food safety, reproductive health and vaccines are some of the topics they handle.
The World Health Organization will be chaired by Sara Atef (UAE) and Steven Franckowiak (NL).
c) The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (beginner level)
This last committee at beginner level is created in the year of the creation of the UN itself: 1945. The mission of this committee, made up of 195 members, is ‘to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information’. Consequently it is linked with the fourth SDG: ‘quality education’. Some of the subjects they handle are: protection of world heritage, right to education and intercultural dialogue.
UNESCO will be chaired by Marina Navarro (ES) and Philippe Lefevre (UK)
d) The UN Security Council (mediocre level)
The UN Security Council is the only committee situated at a mediocre level. Furthermore this committee is linked to the sixteenth SDG: ‘Peace, justice and strong institutions’. The purpose of this council, which is created in 1945 as well, is to maintain international peace and security. Made up of fifteen countries, whereof five are permanent members, this council tackels issues like terrorism, protection of civilians and piracy.
The UNSC will be chaired by Ruth del Pino Bleijerveld (ES) and Nevena Bracanović (SB).
e) The UN Historical Security Council (expert level)
The purpose of this only council at expert level is to reconstruct an important council meeting of the past, instead of covering a current issue (which will be organized at mediocre level). Consequently this council will tackle historical issues and delegates will need to adapt the position of their countries to the political sphere of that particular period in time. Examples of possible issues of the UN Historical council are the 9/11 incidents and the apartheid in South Africa.
The UNHSC will be chaired by Jasper D’Huyvetter (BE) and Florian Fermin (NL).