Committees & Topics

The deadline for NWMUN-Portland 2022 Position Papers is Friday, 11 February 2022 at 11:59 pm (Pacific).

(Papers received after this time will still be accepted, but will be ineligible for position paper awards.)

Please submit all position papers using our online form:

Please visit our Delegate Preparation page for details regarding position papers, rules of procedure, and other helpful resources.

General Assembly Fourth Committee (GA 4) - Recommended for novice and intermediate delegates.

1. Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

2. Comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations in all their aspects

[ General Assembly Plenary Background Guide (PDF) ]

Human Rights Council - Universal Periodic Review (HRC-UPR) - Recommended for intermediate and experienced delegates.

1. Lithuania

2. Papua New Guinea

3. Syrian Arab Republic

Note: The Human Rights Council will be simulating the Universal Periodic Review process by reviewing three countries. These three countries will be the "topics" of the committee and should be addressed within HRC-UPR position papers, which have a unique format. More information on the countries and process will be found in the Explanatory Note and Background Guide, and more information on the position paper structure will be found in the Delegate Preparation section of this website. Also, please note that the order in which the States under Review (SuR) are reviewed is subject to change at any time up to and including during the conference.

[ Human Rights Council - Universal Periodic Review Background Guide (PDF) ]

[ Human Rights Council - Universal Periodic Review Explanatory Note (PDF) ]

United Nations Development Programme - Executive Board (UNDP) - Recommended for novice, intermediate, and experienced delegates.

1. Gender, Climate, and Security

2. Building Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health

[ United Nations Development Programme Background Guide (PDF) ]

Security Council (SC) - For experienced delegates only.

1. Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

2. The Situation in Cyprus

Note: The Executive Secretariat reserves the right to add additional suggested topics, with their own background materials, should they feel an issue requires the urgent attention of the Security Council. 

[ Security Council Background Guide (PDF) ]

[ Security Council Explanatory Note (PDF) ]