COUNCILS, BOARDS, AND COURTS
Councils, Boards, and Courts is a crisis organ that combines the traditional elements of Model UN committees like the United Nations Security Council with original bodies such as the Walt Disney's Board of Directors. At NAIMUN LVI, CBCs is proud to once again present UNSC and SCOTUS as its two staple committees, alongside a host of other committees that will explore how traditional international diplomacy can be impacted by non-state actors and multinational companies. The theme within these committees range from the sweeping powers to reshape the continent at the Congress of Vienna to the competitive nature of corporate boards. This year, CBCs will once again be using a double-delegate structure in some of its larger committees. There will be greater variation in committee structure and parliamentary procedure than in traditional organs, which will challenge delegates to approach these issues with new levels of innovation, creativity, and flexibility while maintaining the thought-provoking debate and delegate-driven crises that NAIMUN prides itself upon.
UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL, 1999
The United Nations Security Council is charged with maintaining international security and safety under the UN Charter. In 1999, the world is a tumultuous place, and delegates must balance the needs of the UN with the desires of their home governments. In an age of Great Power competition, the Security Council must chart a path forward and seek a solution to the most pressing issues of the day. This competitive committee calls for experienced delegates with an in-depth knowledge of the powers of the UNSC, as well as the areas of crisis.
WALT DISNEY BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1941
The Walt Disney Board of Directors has fallen upon hard times in a world at war. In a convenient alliance of economic and political necessities, the government has enlisted the company with a finger on the pulse of the nation: Disney. Delegates must masterfully craft films and cartoons in the midst of World War II to provide government-sponsored political information to the public while maintaining corporate success. At the same time, this board of directors will have to find creative ways of supporting our Allies in Europe and elsewhere to rally support and repel the Nazi threat.
COUNCIL ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, 2020
It is 2020, and technological advances in artificial intelligence have made major breakthroughs. However, many remain concerned at the risks that AI pose to our way of life, and this body is being convened to discuss how―and whether or not to―regulate artificial intelligence. Composed of experts from companies interested in AI development, as well as members of the US government, this body will be tasked with finding a path forward that can integrate AI technology into life while minimizing the risk they pose to cyber security and human safety.
CONGRESS OF VIENNA, 1814
The Congress of Vienna will be grapple with trying to keep Europe from fracturing or falling into civil unrest. The French Revolution has shown Europe what can happen when civil unrest is allowed to escalate, and it is in the interest of all empires and kingdoms to prevent such rebellions from occurring again. Equally important, this committee must preserve the balance of power in Europe to prevent any state from threatening the others and precipitating a dangerous continent-wide war. Each delegate will be representing a European country in the Council to discuss these difficult issues. Best of luck to the ambassadors: achieving balance and arguing for resources is a difficult but potentially rewarding task that will better the continent―and your home country.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 2019
This committee will act as the spring session of the Supreme Court of the United States. This session, you will be considering three real cases chosen from the docket to be considered by the Supreme Court during 2019. Roles will rotate throughout the duration of the committee, and each delegate will have the chance to act as both lawyer and Justice, presenting arguments for the Petitioner, Respondent, and Amicus Briefs, and ultimately issuing opinions on each case.
GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL
In 2017, Saudi Arabia, along with its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council, imposed sanctions and instituted a blockade on Qatar, sparking the current crisis within the GCC. As the Syrian Civil War and the war in Yemen continues, members of the Gulf Cooperation Council must come together and overcome their differences to tackle the pressing issues in the Middle East. At the same time, they must also attempt to solve this diplomatic crisis before a war of words escalates into something that threatens to destabilize the region.