This year, LIMUN is giving you the chance to decide what you debate! Our committees will be organised under five clusters (plus a special committee section) that grapple with our contemporary challenges as we reimagine global governance for a better and brighter future. During your application, we ask you to specify which clusters you are interested in. You will also have the chance to provide input on the topics and committees that you would like to discuss and we will use your feedback to shape our offerings. Committee allocations will take place after the applications period has closed. Our clusters are:
Towards a New Economic Paradigm: Under this cluster, we hope to discuss issues surrounding macroeconomics, the future of trade and global economic institutions, and whether the rules and philosophies governing the global economy are still fit for purpose. We will also debate how technological disruption and the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be a force for good, and its implications for the future of work, trade, and commerce. Potential committtees include ECOSOC, WTO, and WIPO.
Governing the Anthropocene: The actions of the human race have brought about era-defining changes on the natural world. This new human-shaped age has been christened the “Anthropocene.” Under this cluster, topics will include addressing climate change and sustainability, facilitating a politically and financially viable pathway to net zero, and humanity’s interactions with our natural environment. This last discussion point will include not only conventional environmental degradation, but also how humans are leaving indelible traces in the natural environment, for example, via the use of chemical and biological weapons. Such traces will be the legacy we leave on the planet; indisputable evidence of irreversible anthropogenic scars on the natural world. Potential committees include UNEP, COP26, and UN-Habitat.
Building an Inclusive Global Society: As 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic reinforce the prevalence of existing institutional and individual discrimination and inequalities, this cluster will examine several systemic problems. Framed around the contemporary social justice debate, this cluster will seek long-term solutions to persistent human rights violations and inequalities. Topics include institutionalizing reforms called for by social justice campaigns and the rollback of human rights enforcement around the world. This cluster invites delegates to challenge the institutional arrangements that our current international human rights regime is based upon, and discuss ways in which reforms can be enacted to eliminate systemic problems in a long march towards a more inclusive global society. Potential committees include UNHRC, UN-Women, and UNICEF.
Global Security, Stability, and Deescalation: We live in an era where decades-old peace and security arrangements and paradigms seem to be falling apart. In light of growing geopolitical tensions and alleged expansionist behaviors, under this cluster, we will investigate topics concerning long unresolved border disputes, regulating the growth of conventional and unconventional militarisation, and newly emerging safety and security risks. This cluster also challenges delegates to look beyond the ‘traditional’ security lens, and examine the role of a military-industrial-civilian nexus in influencing international security, as well as the role of geopolitical competition in influencing international institutions. Potential committees include DISEC, UNOOSA, and SPECPOL.
Rethinking Development in the Post-Pandemic World: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the loss of lives and livelihoods. As we rebuild, however, we have an opportunity to reconsider our approaches to development, including the very notion of development itself. In this cluster, we will explore issues concerning the function and structure of the international development community, as well as its intersection with other international goals such as sustainability and equality. As the 2030 SDGs loom ever closer, we will reevaluate how we can improve existing mechanisms and organisations to ensure development truly works for everyone. Potential committees include UNDP, WHO, and African Union.
Special Committees: We will also run a number of special committtees, including historical and foreign language committees. To mark the 100th anniversary of the first Model League of Nations, LIMUN 2021 will feature a 1921 Model League of Nations committee, and to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly, held at our usual Opening Ceremony venue of Central Hall Westminster, we will simulate this historical event with our delegates - albeit virtually. Depending on interest levels, we would also like to offer our Spanish and French speakers the chance to debate in their native language as LIMUN has done at previous conferences. We invite our French and Spanish-speaking friends to propose issues that hold special weight in the hispanophone and francophone parts of our world.
This cluster will also include the UN Security Council.