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.
Disarmament and International Security Committee
Director: Michael Shafer ‘21
Committee Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: Athena, Oregon
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!
Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee
Director: Angie Cui ‘20
Committee Email: email@example.com
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!
Special Political and Decolonization Committee
Director: Adil Bhatia ‘20
Committee Email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Director: Carolina Jimenez ‘21
Committee Email: email@example.com
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Favorite Place: Spanish River Beach, Florida
Advice for Delegates: My first time competing in Model UN was in college, so I understand how intimidating it can be to be a new delegate. However, I have learned two very important things. Do not be afraid to ask questions! Do not be afraid to raise your placard! It can be scary to be in a room with 50+ other people you do not know, but the only way you will improve your MUN skills is with practice! It is okay to make mistakes. All the directors and staff at HMUN India are there to help you along the way and create a welcoming atmosphere.
World Health Organization
Director: Selena Zhao ‘20
Committee Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
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!