The Cabinets organ is home to NAIMUN’s traditional crisis committees, where delegates represent influential leaders at the heart of national politics and government. These committees range from presidential and parliamentary cabinets, to revolutionary movements and even civil wars. Delegates in Cabinet committees aren’t limited to dealing with simply a few problems; they will engage with a variety of socioeconomic and political obstacles facing their region.
This year, Cabinets will be expanding and exploring new formats, while maintaining our focus on educational value. Cabinets will be bringing back the Joint Crisis Committee (JCC) structure, where two different committees will engage each other in the modern Catalonian Independence movement. Furthermore, this organ will be hosting the first Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary General in recent memory, a committee that will motivate delegates to explore diplomacy at the highest levels of world affairs. Along with these unique committees, Cabinets will be hosting Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet (1975), Michel Temer’s Cabinet (2016), Mansa Musa’s Cabinet (1335), and the Algerian National Liberation Front (1958).
ad-hoc committee of the secretary-general
The Ad-hoc Committee of the Secretary-General brings the most competitive crisis delegates from across the country to compete in a specially-designed simulation that combines fast-paced and exciting crisis with the added element of a surprise topic. While the traditional Ad-hoc Committee rarely releases the topic prior to the first committee session, here at NAIMUN we believe in the educational value of researching as well as rewarding prepared delegates. Thus, this year, NAIMUN will be running a specialized Ad-hoc Committee that, in the run-up to the conference, will release clues and hints to the topic, allowing the dedicated delegate to be sufficiently prepared and researched for committee while maintaining the same air of secrecy that Ad-hoc Committees are famous for. Join us as NAIMUN champions this new version of an Ad-hoc Committee and come compete at the highest stage in North America– the world is waiting.
JCC A kingdom divided: catalan independence (catalonia)
In February 2019, the Catalan secession movement has gained significant power as well as support from international allies. The rebellion led by the Catalan Parliament has been successful in challenging the Spanish state since the October 2017 referendum on independence. The government faces new international and domestic challenges to secure independence from Spain. The European Union continues to push for a solution that avoids threatening the territorial integrity of Spain, but Catalonia has allies in Russia and other states that would benefit from weakening the sovereignty of the Spanish state. Whether through separation, the granting of new privileges or a status quo, the future of the Catalan people hangs in the balance.
JCC A kingdom divided: catalan independence (spain)
It is February 2019, and Spain is verging on crisis. A year and a half ago, a referendum indicated overwhelming support for Catalan independence, followed by a transitional framework that planned the state’s self-ruling future. Public opinion has never been more divided; on one hand, progressive youth entertain the idea of an independent Catalonia, but traditionalists are pushing for Spain’s continued unity. Visibly flustered by the referendum, the Spanish government attempted to silence independence-related discourse, drawing widespread criticism from world leaders. How will Spain preserve its democratic ethics while opposing Catalonia’s self-rule?
indira gandhi's cabinet, 1975
Barely 30 years independent, India has already seen several internal and external territorial disputes, religious and linguistic disunity, and economic and political instability. India is in a state of Emergency, and so, now that political opposition leaders are being arrested, the press censored, and democracy itself in India is threatened, some have gone underground to resist and fight against the Indira Gandhi government. As members of one of the highest levels of the Indian government, you are all responsible for guiding India’s first female Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, as she attempts to centralize and stabilize her new nation. Will you serve her well, or will you choose to cause further political disarray? How will you fare in a political world that runs based on nepotism by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty? We welcome you to claim your seat at the table.
algerian national liberation front, 1954
In 1954, the Algerian people face a critical time in their fight for independence. After four years of war, the National Liberation Front has made significant progress, yet faces countless barriers from achieving their mission of freedom. Fighting against the formidable French army, this revolutionary group must use their resources, willpower, and strategy to ensure self-determination for their people. Whether it be support the Algerian people through a provisional domestic government, developing military missions for the National Liberation Army, or forging strategic international allies, the National Liberation Front is now tasked with doing what they must to gain independence against all odds.
michel temer's cabinet, 2016
Michel Temer’s Cabinet is composed of the Brazilian Ministers of State, senior advisors to the President, and other high-ranking government officials selected by the President and serving at his pleasure. As one of the highest levels of the Brazilian government, the President’s Cabinet advises him on all matters of governance and politics. With President Dilma Rousseff under impeachment proceedings in the Senate, members of the Cabinet will guide the Acting President through the conclusion of the Senate’s debate, the Olympics, the ongoing corruption investigations into notable politicians, including Temer himself, and the 2018 elections. As members of the Cabinet, will you guide President Temer in his quest to secure the economy, maintain order, and survive politically, or will you strive towards a Brazil without Temer?
mansa musA's cabinet, 1335
The golden age is upon the Malian Empire as they are soaring to greater and newer heights under the reign of Mansa Musa. Argued to be the richest man of all time, Mansa Musa is turning to his cabinet to help him truly solidify the glory of his empire. As a devout Muslim, Mansa seeks to enlighten his people to the glory of Allah. Though things appear to be flourishing within the empire, there is no limit for what disasters may occur. Even more of a question is how the rest of North Africa will react to the Malian Empire’s pursuit of glory. It is up to Mansa’s cabinet to decide whether the Malian empire will be just a blip in history or be remembered for eternity!