Letter from the Chair
My name is Kaley Niette, and I am thrilled to be chairing the GA Plenary committee at HAMUN 47. This year, I am a sophomore at the University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in public affairs. I’m so happy to be part of HAMUN’s return to an in-person conference, and I hope all of you are as well!
GA Plenary is a unique committee, as far as topics and structure go – this committee does not have a predetermined topic. At the beginning of the conference, the committee will choose, via vote, the topics that will be discussed. This may seem difficult to prepare for, but I challenge each of you to view it as an opportunity to focus on the issues that are most important to you, your peers, and the countries you are representing. Immerse yourself in the most pressing of global problems and do your best to build on existing ideas and information with solutions that could change the world as we know it. Remember, conferences like these are about more than honing your debate and research skills – these events are opportunities to prepare to make great change in a world greatly in need of changemakers. I ask that you keep that in mind as you get ready for the conference.
I also ask that everyone assigned to our committee make a commitment to treating others with respect, compassion, and courtesy throughout the course of the conference. To be clear: I ask this of each and every individual who will be with us for the duration of the conference, including myself, other volunteers, and all delegates. It is important that we dedicate ourselves to this standard, not least because some of the topics we may be debating might be sensitive to committee members. We all bear the responsibility of ensuring that this committee is a welcoming and supportive environment during the conference. Please do your due diligence in your research, be honest and use information in good faith, and, again, pay careful mind to subjects that deserve sensitivity or respect. If we can all do our part, there is no reason that this committee cannot be as enjoyable as it is productive.
Again, I am so looking forward to HAMUN 47, and I hope all of you are as well!
Chair, General Assembly Plenary
Composed of delegates representing all 193 of the United Nations’ (UN) Member States, the General Assembly (GA) continues to be one of the largest forums in the world for discussion, multilateral cooperation, and international decision-making. Following its creation in 1945, the GA has formed several subcommittees with specific topics so that issues can be addressed as effectively as possible. The Plenary Committee - the entirety of the GA - meets to develop solutions and cooperation regarding the most pressing issues the world currently faces. This includes human rights, global health, economics, the 2030 Agenda, climate change, international peace and security issues, and many more. Historically, the GA Plenary committee has deliberated on threats to global security around the world, COVID-19 related challenges to progress, a worldwide refugee crisis related to regional conflicts or other instabilities, and other urgent matters. While, typically, the GA Plenary has an agenda set in conjunction with the General Committee and the President, this committee’s agenda will be determined at the start of the conference via vote. It is crucial that members of this committee are prepared to self-determine topics and engage in meaningful conversation about a wide range of issues throughout the conference. Flexibility is key to the successful discussion of several topics throughout the conference, which requires that delegates carefully consider their Member States’ positions on various issues. As this committee may discuss topics pertaining to international security, human rights, global health, or equality, delegates must remember to address any and all topics before the committee with appropriate respect.
- Topic decided at conference
- Delegate position papers should include information about the country and on potential issues the delegate would suggest at conference