The UNCIO is a unique committee. It is historical committee meaning we will be acting as if we are in the year 1945. Each of you will represent a country that was present at the time of the creation of the UN charter. Whether you are the representative from the US, Cuba, or The Soviet Union, you must be willing to collaborate and reach agreements with the other forty three nations in attendance that may look very unlike your own.
To give some information on how the UNCIO is organized, we are quite different from other committees that you may have previously been on. We do not use briefings, but instead, I ask delegates to carefully read the guide to the UNCIO to be exposed to the historical context behind the UNCIO and the key debates that helped to shape the UN charter as we know it today. As you will see in the guide that is provided to you, we will separate into four sub-committees: Human Rights, Global Development, Peace and Security, and Balance of Power. When these four crucial topics are addressed and agreed upon, the UNCIO can celebrate a successful conference!
From your experience with Harvard Model Congress, I hope that each delegate will learn about the intricacies of the United Nations by helping to form the intergovernmental organization themselves in the way they best see fit.. This task is not easy, and through this exercise each of you will see just how complicated international organization is, especially in the global environment that existed in 1945. Delegates will learn to discuss their opinions and compromise with fellow members of the UNCIO committee and will determine the best configuration of the United Nation–it may look different than the one we see today. Mostly, the delegates should enjoy their time spent at HMC Asia. The conference is short, and every moment matters.
I look forward to seeing you in January!
Each delegate will each be pre-assigned to one of three commissions: (I) General Assembly, (II) Security Council, and (III) International Court of Justice. Each commission will be responsible for drafting a section of the UN charter. To guide the discussion of the entire committee, delegates will all be asked to focus on four themes: (A) Human Rights, (B) Global Development, (C) Peace and Security, and (D) Balance of Power. Delegates should come to the conference prepared to discuss your commission’s role in the context of each of the four themes, and you should have a general idea of what you will expect from the other commissions. For your written pre-conference assignment, please submit your preferences for which commission you would like to be a part of, as well as a 200-word statement explaining why you prefer that commission and how you envision the role of that commission at the UNCIO. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 22nd and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see above). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.