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General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) traditionally contains the five largest committees at HMUN India 2019, and it is the place where each of the 193 member states and 2 observer states of the UN come together to discuss pressing issues that affect many countries across multiple continents. These issues range from disarmament and security to international law, health, and development. Debate in the GA is spirited, as delegates must balance their responsibilities to their respective nations, allies, and the committee as a whole. Delegates emerge from a GA committee with a thorough understanding of the promises and pitfalls of international diplomacy.

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Disarmament and International Security Committee

Director: Michael Shafer ‘21

Committee Email: disec@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Athena, Oregon

Concentration: Government

Favorite Place: Washington, D.C.

Advice for Delegates: Work hard but don't forget to have fun! Always feel free to ask me a question if you are confused about anything at all. I'm sure that you will all do incredible and can't wait to meet you all at conference!

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Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee

Director: Angie Cui ‘20

Committee Email: sochum@hmunindia.org

Hometown: New York City

Concentration: East Asian Studies & Government

Favorite Place: Prague, Czechia

Advice for Delegates: When approaching committee, think about how you can meaningfully influence debate and the ideas presented. Often, it’s not the loudest or most aggressive delegates that have the most impact throughout the weekend!

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Special Political and Decolonization Committee

Director: Adil Bhatia ‘20

Committee Email: specpol@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin

Concentration: Applied Mathematics

Favorite Place: The Golden Temple. Both my parents grew up in Amritsar, and every time we travel to India to see family, we visit the Temple. The experience is truly amazing!

Advice for Delegates: Don't worry about giving perfect speeches or passing perfect resolutions. Focus on thinking critically about the committee topic and working diplomatically with your fellow delegates in a constructive manner so that everyone in the room can feel as though they have gained something from attending conference. I cannot stress how important it is to view the few days we have together as a remarkable, educational experience like no other.

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Legal Committee

Director: Dylan Parker ‘20

Committee Email: legal@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Concentration: Statistics

Favorite Place: Upstate New York

Advice for Delegates: Research! It’s hard to go wrong if you understand the topic in depth.

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World Health Organization

Director: Selena Zhao ‘20

Committee Email: who@hmunindia.org

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Concentration: Government

Favorite Place: Balcony overlooking the Seattle skyline, especially at night

Advice for Delegates: HMUN India is above all a learning experience! Go out on a limb, speak even if it’s terrifying, pitch your own creative solution even if it’s not super feasible. It’s important not to hold yourself to a standard of perfection, but of growth!

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