Crisis and Conflict – Spring 2016


This is the official page for the Spring One day Conference hosted by MUNSA on UBC Campus.

No experience is required and registration is open to everyone - even non-MUNSA members!

This one day conference will be an all-day event held on March 5th, 2016 at the UBC Nest (6133 University Blvd), rooms 2528, 4301 & the Lev Bukhman Theatre. 

It will give you the opportunity to grasp the intricacies of Model UN or the uncertainty of crisis committees without the time commitment required of other conferences.

With topics that will inspire students to make prompt decisions, Crisis and Conflict is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in international affairs, especially aspiring International Relations and Political Science majors.

Position papers are not required or requested. Prior research is not required before the conference, though it is suggested.

The dress code for the event is Western Business Attire.

The delegate preparations guide can be found here.

The Committees are as follows:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Executive Committee

Topic: Improving Food Systems for Refugees and Other Displaced Peoples

Background Guide

Position Papers are not requested or required.

In a world where conflicts are rampant and countless refugees are being created every day, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is in the plays a vital role in addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues.

As the legal entity able to intercede on refugees’ behalf, the UNHCR is authorised to declare which individuals or groups are of concern under its core mandate. It actively works throughout the world to respond to crises, assisting in both emergency response (e.g. humanitarian aid, creation of refugee camps) and more long-term solutions (e.g. facilitating the safe settlement of refugees in other states) for asylum-seekers, refugees, and other displaced peoples. Along with immediate, short-term solutions, the UNHCR is also responsible for seeking permanent solutions for persons within the body’s mandated responsibilities.

If you are looking for an interesting experience discussing the immediate needs of those caught up in the turmoil of global crises, this is the committee for you!

Position Papers are not requested or required.

Inequality and lack of access to basic needs remains one of the causes of conflict. In our unstable times, the world must strive towards equitable, sustainable options to get to one of the root causes of our turmoil and conflict: inequality and desperation. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s role is critical in facilitating healthy global development. Its approach to ensuring global security is to do so through the eradication of poverty, reducing inequality, and promoting good governance, which it aims to achieve through support in policymaking and capacity-building to 170 countries and territories.

The UNDP’s Executive Board is made up of representatives from around the world, serving the organisation on a rotating basis. In recognising the importance of starting the rebuilding process as soon as possible after crises, the UNDP works to ensure that emergency aid contributes to a long-term sustainable development beyond the emergency, and facilitate conditions to help countries and their people get back on their feet as soon as possible.

If you are looking for an interesting experience discussing how to deal with the immediate aftermath of crises, this is the committee for you!

Country and Committee assignments will be given out as soon as registration and payment are received. No position papers are requested or required.


Awards will be given out in each committee. Awards include: Outstanding Delegation, Distinguished Delegation, and Honorable Mention. For each Outstanding Delegation (one per committee), special awards will be announced soon!


The schedule is as follows:

Delegate registration: 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Committee I: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Committee II: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Break: 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Committee III: 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremonies: 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Social (Dunbar Public House): 9:00p.m. onwards

Prices are:
$20 for non-MUNSA members
$15 for MUNSA members

Delegates can pay online via Rezgo, or in person during club office hours.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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