Regionals is a dynamic and uniquely focused organ of NAIMUN in that its committees emphasize specific topics that are, as the name implies, regional by nature. As a result, the issues discussed in the organ are very specialized and prominent situations. Additionally, Regionals is the only NAIMUN organ with a combination of both crisis and General Assembly style committees. This distinct mix, coupled with committees from various parts of the world addressing a wide range of topics, contributes to the depth and breadth of possibilities within the organ. Ultimately, Regionals committees provide for substantive, critical discussions rooted in specific cultural and historical elements, creating a distinctive and deeply engaging delegate experience.
ORGANIZATION OF PETROLEUM EXPORTING COUNTRIES (OPEC), 1973
It is October 1973 and America once again finds itself on the brink of conflict with its Cold War rival, the USSR. Days earlier the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, accompanied by Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad, launched a surprise attack on Israel with the hopes of regaining territory along the Sinai Peninsula lost during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. The imminent threat of an Israeli defeat put the world on notice, forcing Great Power patrons to intervene with the hopes of expanding their respective spheres of influence. As a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, delegates have the power to decide what, if any, actions should be taken to punish the United States and her allies for their intervention. Will you direct an oil embargo against the United States, even if doing so diminishes a large market for your country’s oil exports?
VERCINGETORIX'S CONFEDERATION, 59 B.C.E.
The year is 59 BCE. In Rome, an ambitious young politician, Gaius Julius Caesar, has just completed a controversial and eventful consulship. He is deeply in debt from the expansive bribes to the rich and doles to the poor he handed out to gain and hold onto power. Caesar has gathered a large army of seasoned, battle-hardened veterans to which he is adding new recruits to prepare an invasion of Gaul in order to enrich himself and recoup campaign losses. Meanwhile, in the wilds of Gaul, rumors are spreading of a powerful, charismatic Gallic king named Vercingetorix. He has united tens of previously warring tribes under his banner to revolt against Roman forces. This committee is a meeting of the chieftains of different Gallic tribes as they come together to organize a defense against the Roman invasion of Gaul.
ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES, 1992
Created in 1889, the Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional body. The OAS is comprised of 35 Independent American States and is tasked with the effective implementation of its four main pillars––democracy, human rights, security, and development. Taking place in 1992, this session will center on both humanitarian and political aspects of the organizations work. Delegates should aim to be resourceful, pro-active, and critical thinkers.
chinese NATIONAL SUPERVISORY COMMISSION
The National Supervisory Commission of the People's Republic of China was formed in 2018 as a state organ responsible for anti-corruption efforts at every level of government, from local to the central government, targeting “both tigers and flies.” While the scope of Commission’s specific powers and processes is still unclear, what is clear is that it possesses immense investigative powers as well as the strong support of the mastermind behind its creation, Xi Jinping. The organization’s role is key to improving the efficacy of CCP government and preserving the Party’s reputation and standing in the public eye, and its operations will therefore be carefully scrutinized. This very new and politically important agency will tackle entrenched corruption among various powerful government agencies, while remaining in line with the wishes of the Politburo and Chairman Xi. The committee’s unique structure and powers will provide delegates with a variety of opportunities to influence the flow of debate both in-room and through crisis.
Provisional Government of Cuba, 1898
The Provisional Government of Cuba, 1898, concerns contemporary government officials, as well as representatives from rebel forces of Black and Mulatto liberation movements, and a few envoys from the Spanish and American missions. Members of this government are tasked with addressing the current tumultuous situation which surrounds the country. The committee will likely discuss which political status (either independence or continued relations with Spain) is best for Cuba, how best to ensure the safety of citizens throughout the duration of the conflict, and how to establish a strong national economy that will continue long after the conflict is over. Members are expected to balance the interests of the delegation that they will be representing in a fully English-Spanish bilingual committee, which will be a specialty mixed crisis-general assembly, versus the interests of the committee as a whole.
United Nations Peacebuilding Commission: Africa, 2019
The UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) is designed to catalyze financing, concentrate attention and create incentives that support lasting peace. The goal is to support weak post-conflict countries as they transition into more stable societies. From reintegrating ex-rebels to laying the groundwork for elections, from brokering security sector reform to broadening development, the Peacebuilding Commission looks at it all. Thirty-one countries form the council. Though the commission is not limited to focusing on Africa, all current work has its scope in the region. Delegates will explore plans for peacekeeping in the future, specific conflicts in Africa, and more.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s mission is to be “the collective voice of the Muslim world,” with its goal being “to safeguard the interests and ensure the progress and well-being of Muslims,” based on the larger aim of promoting international peace and understanding. Founded in 1969, it now has 57 member states and represents around 2 billion people across 4 continents. The OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organization, after the UN. Its official languages are French, English, and Arabic.