General Assembly

We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. -Omar N. Bradley

The United Nations’ General Assembly was established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations. It is the only organ of the UN in which all 193 members nations have equal representations. Additionally, it was a founding institution and stood as the “Deliberative policymaking and representative organ of the UN”. The General Assembly is responsible for making vital decisions concerning the United Nations namely; Appointing the Secretary General, electing the nonpermanent members of the Security council and approving the regular budgets of the UN. Due to the variety of diverse global issues treated by the United Nations’ General Assembly, it found the opportunity of establishing six sub-commissions upon which the topics may be divided. The six main committees are as follows: Disarmament and International Security Committee, Economic and Financial Committee, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, Special Political and Decolonization Committee, Administrative and Budgetary Committee and the Legal Committee.

This year’s topics are :

  1. Taking measures to reduce global military expenditures
  2. The territorial dispute of Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenia vs. Azerbaijan)

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Presidency of The General Assembly

Salma Ahmed

Salma Ahmed

President of the General Assembly

Aly Samir

Aly Samir

Vice-President of the General Assembly

International Court of Justice

"To be just and fair, equality must be there"

The International Court of Justice, also known as ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established by the Charter of the United Nations after the end of World War II in June 1945, and it started operating in April 1946. It is situated in The Hague, the Netherlands at the Peace Palace. The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by authorized UN organs and specialized agencies. The current president of the ICJ is Ronny Abraham; in office since the 6th of February 2015. The Court is composed of 15 judges that are elected for a nine-year term of office by the UN’s General Assembly and the Security Council.

The court’s official languages are English and French. This year’s case is: The Case of La Grande brothers (Germany vs. USA)

Case

Presidency

Salma el Dawy

Salma el Dawy

President of the International Court of Justice

Nour Amir

Nour Amir

Vice-President of the International Court of Justice

Security Council

"Peace will never be maintained unless in the hearts of men"

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six main UN organs.  It is charged to maintain peace and security under the principles of the UN charter. The UNSC determines the existence of a threat to international peace or an act of aggression. It holds frequent sessions regarding these threats. It’s first sessions was held on the  17th of January 1946.  It is only UN organ with the power to implement ceasefire , start UN peacekeeping missions and deploy UN troops named “blue helmets” who are sent to enforce peace in various regions. Under the UN Charter, all member States of the UN are obligated to enforce and carry out decisions of the council. The UNSC is composed of 15 members; 5 of them being permanent veto holding members (The United States of America, China, The United Kingdom, The Russian Federation and France).  As for the 10 other members, they are rotating non-permanent members that are elected by the General Assembly every 2 years.  The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice. In conclusion, the UNSC’s goal is to develop solutions and implement resolutions in order  to prevent aggression and maintain security

This year’s topics are:

  1. Situation in Afghanistan
  2. Irani-Israelian proxy conflict

Topic 1 (English)

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Presidency of the English Committee

Presidency of the French Committee

Ahmed Zikry

Ahmed Zikry

President of the Security Council

Jana Waleed

Jana Waleed

Vice-President of the Security Council

May Makkouk

May Makkouk

Président du Conseil de Sécurité

Hussein Hecham

Hussein Hecham

Vice-Présidente du Conseil de Sécurité

Human Rights Council

"The concept of inequality has no place in this world, every human is born free and equal"

The Human Rights Council is an intergovernmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 Member States, which are elected by the United Nations General Assembly. In fact, this Council was created on March 15th 2006 by resolution 60/251 of the UN General Assembly. The Human Rights Council is responsible for strengthening the protection of human rights around the globe. As basic as the concept of human rights may seem at first, numerous countries and organizations have opposed and infringed these rights due to reasons such as cultural beliefs or financial needs. The dilemma stands where the protection of human rights, and the benefit of a country meet. The Human Rights Council aims to find sustainable solutions that would be applicable to any country or body, in order to bring true equality to those who feel injustice because of who they are or where they live.

This year’s topics are:

  1. The right to freely express one’s opinion on online platforms without fear of censorship or reprisal from authoritarian governments
  2. Addressing the threat to human rights of ethnic, religious, and other minorities by authoritarian governments throughout the world

Topic 1 (English)

Topic 2 (English)

Topic 1 (French)

Topic 2 (French)

Presidency of the English Committee

Presidency of the French committee

Amr el Nomrosy

Amr el Nomrosy

President of the Human Rights Council

Yehia Bahei

Yehia Bahei

Vice-President of the Human Rights Council

Mahmoud Shady

Mahmoud Shady

Présidente du Comité des droits de l'homme

Kenzy Tamer

Kenzy Tamer

Vice-Président du Comité des droits de l'homme

Economic and Social Council

"Uniting to promote higher living standards, because what better way to fight for our planet than by global cooperation?"

The Economic and Social Council is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals. It is also responsible for the follow-up to major UN conferences and summits.The UN Charter established ECOSOC in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the United Nations. The chairperson for the sixtieth session; in March 2016, was Antonio de Aguiar Patriota from Brazil, and one of the vice-chairs was Fatma Al-Zahraa Hassan from Egypt. Each year, they dedicate their annual discussions and actions around a specific theme. 

This year’s topics are:

  1. Over-production and its impact on climate change
  2. Encouraging assistance in the reconstruction and recovery of Lebanon’s economic potential

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Presidency

Mariam Maher

Mariam Maher

President of the Economic and Social Council

Rawan Mazen

Rawan Mazen

Vice-President of The Economic and Social Council

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

"Aiming for global sustainable development to insure peace justice and strong institutions"

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, also known as UNODC is a merge established in 1997, between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention.  UNODC fights against illicit drugs and international crime, it relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90% of its budget. The UNODC’s role is to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.  The United Nations holds seven offices in seven different areas, they can help in all fields related to Organized crime and trafficking, Corruption, Drug abuse prevention and health, Crime prevention and criminal justice reform and Terrorism prevention. Diverse problems are becoming widely recognized as threats to nations and individuals, and requests for the assistance of UNODC in national, regional and transnationals levels continue to grow. Its’ work enhances security and improves the everyday lives of people across the globe.

This year’s topics are:

  1. Addressing the issue of migrant smuggling and human trafficking in the Middle East and North Africa region
  2. Taking measures to combat maritime crimes in West and Central Africa

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Presidency

Adam Mekki

Adam Mekki

President of The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Amina el Shazly

Amina el Shazly

Vice-President of The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Historical Security Council

The Historical Security Council is an exact replica of the Security Council, only it is set in the past, and deals with great, global historic events. The UNSC is a permanent council established by the United Nations Charter, with the purpose of maintaining peace and security and finding solutions to global problems. The UNSC consists of 5 permanent members with veto power such as the United States of America, as well as 10 temporary participating states. It is one of the most important UN organs and is the one committee that can order a nation to execute something. The UNSC possesses many subcommittees to back up its efforts, such as the Non-Proliferation committee, the sanctions committee, and the Counter-Terrorism Committee. It takes decisions regarding the most crucial problems around the world to avert conflict escalations. The Historical Security Council looks for innovative and reflective solutions to historical events. The re-evaluation of past global issues helps us better understand our history and lets us learn from it, so we can build a better future.

This year’s topics are :
  1. Gulf war
  2. Korean war

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Presidency

Jana Maarek

Jana Maarek

President of the Historical Security Council

Jana Khaled

Jana Khaled

Vice-President of the Historical Security Council

The Commission of the Status of Women

“Gender equality must become a lived reality” - Michelle Bachelet

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

This year’s topics are :

  1. Ensuring equal pay for women in all fields
  2. Ensuring the education of women in developing countries

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Topic 2

Presidency

Salma Hatem

Salma Hatem

President of the Commission of the Status of Women

Youssef Shaalan

Youssef Shaalan

Vice-President of the Commission of the Status of Women

Junior General Assembly

The Junior General Assembly is a committee aiming to help our younger OISMUN participants understand and be familiarized with our procedures. The Junior General Assembly provides an early opportunity to practice how to be a delegate in order to be an expert in future conferences.

Presidency of the First Junior General Assembly

Presidency of the Second Committee

Salma Bakir

Salma Bakir

President of the Junior General Assembly

Hanya Ragai

Hanya Ragai

Vice-President of the Junior General Assembly

Fatema Abu Arab

Fatema Abu Arab

president of the Junior General Assembly

Amir Amir

Amir Amir

Vice-President of the Junior General Assembly