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Introduction

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American Model United Nations (AMUN) is a non-profit, educational organization founded in 1989 to provide students with the highest quality, most professionally run simulation of the United Nations available. AMUN strives to combine educational quality with highly realistic simulations of the United Nations to give students an unparalleled Model UN learning experience. We return to these ideals year over year as we create the policies and applications expressed in this handbook. We are excited to have you join us for the 2021 Conference. 

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2021 Simulations 2021 Simulations

In 2021, AMUN will simulate three main General Assembly (GA) Committees (GA1, GA3 and GA4), the Human Rights Council (HRC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). AMUN also simulates a historical body, Historical Security Council of 1973 (HSC73). A parallel online AMUN session will simulate the General Assembly Plenary and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD).

The General Assembly First (Disarmament & International Security), Third (Social, Humanitarian & Cultural) and Fourth (Special Political and Decolonization) Committees, the Human Rights Council (HRC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) are resolution-writing bodies. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) are report-writing bodies whose purpose is to build consensus and to write and ratify reports submitted to the ECOSOC.

The Contemporary Security Council will be responsible for dealing with international peace and security issues as they stand at the opening of the Conference. A tentative list of topics will be provided for preparation, but representatives should be prepared to discuss any and all security issues that might arise. The Historical Security Council of 1973 will simulate the events of that year; it will use contemporary rules of procedure but will role play from the viewpoint of their delegation at the time of the simulation. The Security Council and the Historical Security Council will meet all four days of the Conference, including an emergency session on Monday night and a debrief on Tuesday afternoon.

The International Court of Justice is a unique simulation that will meet all four days of the Conference. Individuals must apply for positions on these simulations on the AMUN website. The International Court of Justice will hear cases brought to the Court by Member States.

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How to Use This Book How to Use This Book

This handbook is published to assist representatives in preparing for the American Model United Nations Conference. This handbook provides representatives with a full picture of conference philosophies, policies, and logistics, the rules of procedure required in each simulation, and substantive overviews of the simulations and topics for the Conference. Section I: Conference Policies, Logistics and Preparation is relevant to all participants at the Conference, while sections II-V detail the specific rules and substantive overviews for different types of simulations at AMUN. Delegates should be familiar with the sections and chapters relevant to their Conference assignment; Faculty Advisors and Permanent Representatives will want to be familiar with the whole handbook. 

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