2009 Committees

Below you will find the nine committees that will be represented in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar Model United Nations Conference in January 2009.

1. United Nations Security Council
2. Historical United Nations Security Council
3. NATO
4. Arab League
5. African Union
6. World Health Organization
7. ECOSOC
8. SPECPOL
9. Press Committee
 

Each committee is staffed by a Chair, Vice Chair, and Chief of Staff. Further, the conference is run by a dedicated team of student staff including the Staff Manager, Committee Coordinators, Conference Staff, and Crisis Staff, all listed below.

Each committee will discuss between two to three topics during the conference. Once you find out what committee you are assigned to, make sure to read the background guides for each topic that the committee will discuss. You are responsible for doing further research on the topic beyond this basic information - the background guide is simply a starting point for your research. Background guides rarely contain country-specific information, so you will need to research your country's position on each issue.

If you have questions about your committee or your topic, you may contact your committee chair, vice chair, or chief of staff via e-mail.
 

Conference Staff

Staff Manager:  Dana Al Kahlout (SFS '09)
Committee Coordinators:  Nermana Babi (SFS '11), Shaily Agrawal (SFS '11), Jumana Al Aref (SFS '11)
Conference Staff:  Fay Al Romaihi (SFS '11), Dianna Manalastas (SFS '12), Raghda Elmeligy (SFS '12), Noor Al-Kobaisi (SFS '12) (SPECPOL), Kim Fernandes (SFS '11), Al-Daana Al-Mulla (SFS '12), Reine Atrach (SFS '11) (African Union), Haya El Khattib (SFS '11) (African Union), Manal Shkifi (SFS '11), Fatima Mussa (SFS '10), Donia Hashem (SFS '12), Lamia Adi (SFS '12), Alanood Al-Hajri (SFS '12)
Crisis Staff:  Mohammed Al Sudairi (SFS '11), Ahmed Warfa (SFS '12), Safiullah Taye (SFS '12), Nehal El Deeb (SFS '12)
 

Committees

 

1. United Nations Security Council (15 delegates)

Chair:  Tara Makarem (SFS '11)
Vice-Chair:  Nicholas Nassar (SFS '11)
Chief of Staff:  Dwaa Osman (SFS '12)
A word from the Chair:  Delegates should be prepared to give statements on all three topics. Topics should be thoroughly researched. No resolutions are required, but preferably delegates should come prepared with clauses to be included in resolutions.
Topics:

  • The Wall in Israel and Palestine
  • The Future of the Balkans:  Stability in Kosovo?
  • Disengagement? In Iraq

Members:  Austria, Burkina Faso, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Japan, Libya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam

 

2. Historical United Nations Security Council (15 delegates)

Chair:  Katrina Quirolgico (SFS '09)
Vice Chair:  Federico Rivas (SFS '12)
Chief of Staff:  Haajerah Khan (SFS '10)
A word from the Chair:  Delegates should have a policy statement on each topic (policy should be of the department that the delegate is representing). Please be aware that the council will be run as if under President Obama, so delegates should research the particular person they are representing, if possible. Pay close attention to the foreign policy of the Obama administration.
Topics:

  • The Wall in Israel and Palestine
  • Disengagement? In Iraq
  • The Scramble for the Arctic

Members:  Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Asst to the President for Natl Security Affairs, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Asst Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Policy, Director of National Intelligence, Counsel to the President, Secretary of the Treasury, Chief of Staff to the President, Attorney General, Special Assistant for Counter-Terrorism, Director of the DIA, US Ambassador to the UN

 

3. NATO (25 Delegates)

Chair:  Mark Saliba (SFS '09)
Vice Chair:  Hanouf Al Buainain (SFS '09)
Chief of Staff:  Sarwar Sultani (SFS '11)
A word from the Chair:  NATO delegates should have an opening statement prepared in advance which will represent the position of the delegate's state. Also, the structure of the NATO council will follow official NATO rules in terms of voting procedures. Thus, all delegates should be aware that resolutions can only be passed by unanimous votes.

Topics:

  • NATO’s Mission in Afghanistan (ISAF)
  • NATO and the Future of Kosovo (KFOR)
  • NATO's Response to Humanitarian Crises

Members:  Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA

 

4. Arab League (25 delegates)

Chair:  Nada Soudy (SFS '11)
Co-Chair:  Basil Mahfouz (SFS '11)
Chief of Staff:  Nabil Mohammed (SFS '11)
A word from the Chair:  Delegates should come with a position paper on EACH of the topics; it should not be less than half a page or more than one full page. Both position papers should be handed over to the Chairs on the first day of the conference. We will be issuing a certificate for the delegate with the best position paper!
Topics:

  • The Wall in Israel and Palestine
  • Poverty and Immigration in the Middle East

Members:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea (observer), India (observer), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia (observer), Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

 

5. African Union (52 delegates)

Chair: Zainab Elfil (SFS '11)
Vice Chair:  Kawthar Ahen (SFS '11)
Chief of Staff:  Jibin Koshy (SFS '12)
Topics:

  • Africa and "the West": Piracy off the coast of Somalia
  • The Situation in Zimbabwe
  • A word from the Chair:  The African Union would like delegates to come prepared with draft resolutions of at least 5 clauses. Quality is emphasized over length. Delegates should also prepare one position paper per topic. The first session will consist of lobbying, with the following days focused on discussion of resolutions.

Members: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Western Sahara, Sao Taome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 

6. World Health Organization (60 Delegates)

Chair:  Lubna Kayyali (SFS '09)
Vice Chair:  Aakash Jayaprakash (SFS '11)
Chief of Staff:  Maryam Rowhani (SFS '11)
A word from the Chair:  Please prepare a one page position paper for each topic. While setting the agenda, delegates will be required to relate their country's position on the topic - this should be drawn from a position paper. Delegates will not be required to submit this paper for review. Delegates should be informed that the topic, The International Response to Humanitarian Crises, will focus on the current humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Delegates are advised to thoroughly research their country.
Topics:

  • The International Response to Humanitarian Crises
  • Poverty and Immigration in the Middle East

Members:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia,  Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

 

7. ECOSOC (60 Delegates)

Chair:  Ibrahim Al Derbasti (SFS '10)
Vice Chair:  Al Jazi Darwish (SFS '10)
Chief of Staff:  Fatima Muneer (SFS '11)
A word from the Chair:  Delegates should come prepared with Opening Statements and at least one position paper. Draft resolutions are encouraged, but not required.
Topics:

  • Poverty and Immigration in the Middle East
  • The Scramble for the Arctic

Members:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia,  Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

 

8. SPECPOL (60 Delegates)

Chair:  Mohammed Al Thani (SFS '09)
Vice Chair:  Ahsan Mansoor (SFS '09)
Chief of Staff:  Oscar Ibrahim (SFS '10)
A word from the Chair:  All delegates should come prepared with Opening Statements for the first session. Opening Statements will be followed by moderated lobbying so that the next few days can focus on discussing resolutions.
Topics:

  • Venezuela, FARC, and Colombia
  • Separatist Movements in Russia:  The Caucasus

Members:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahrain, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia,  Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

 

9. Press Committee (36 Delegates)

Chair:  Fatima Bahja (SFS '09)
Vice Chair:  Nadim Rifai (SFS '12)
Chief of Staff:
Setup: Three teams of 12 students each; Al Jazeera International, BBC World, and CNN International

A word from the Chair:  The MUN press committee will consist of three groups, i.e. news agencies. Each news agency will have 12 members on board. The first team will represent CNN International, the second Al Jazeera International, and the third BBC World. Over the course of the 4-day conference, each team is expected to produce three complete publications. The publications will focus on prominent events, sessions, and even individuals that would be of interest to our readers. Press committee members are expected to demonstrate dedication in their work whether it includes photography, public relations, or writing. The time frame of the conference means that optimum performance is demanded within the daily time constraints. Training and guidance will be provided for staff by the chairs of the press committee. The chairs will be available for assistance throughout MUN and will gladly answer any questions before or during the event.

Each team will consist of: Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, News Editor, Head Writer, Writer, Writer, Writer, Writer, Photographer, Photographer, Public Relations Staff, Public Relations Staff