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KSMUN Committees

Below you’ll find information for our 2022 Committees. Background Guides for these committees will be posted as soon as possible. If you have specific questions regarding our committees please contact us at ksmun@kent-school.edu.

New York Climate Conference 2050

 By 2050, combined with the effects of climate-change, the world finds itself with a strong prospect of Mother Nature’s path of destruction. As a result of technological and industrial advances in first- and second-world nations, carbon emissions have created an international climate crisis. As a result, the global community is facing extreme water scarcity, food shortages, and facing mass evacuations of flooded countries and cities. Rising sea levels, desertification, and natural disasters have displaced over 130 million climate refugees. The sea level has risen 32 centimeters over the last ~30 years, leading to the complete evacuation of the Bahamas in 2042. Coastal cities face a similar issue today, and the number of climate refugees is expected to increase exponentially in coming years. 2.5 billion people worldwide are experiencing absolute water scarcity with droughts desolating a quarter of the earth’s surface. Last year, the world experienced a record-breaking loss of 32 billion tons of fertile land from desertification. 
 
As a result of this disaster, scientists and environmental activists have spoken far and wide on the matter, with varying results. Many major polluting countries neglect their voices and ignore the issue at hand, creating an international climate crisis. Consequently, global temperatures have increased significantly, raising 2.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. These increased temperatures correlate to irregular weather patterns, including droughts in the Mediterranean Basin. 
 
These events have negatively impacted our great planet and caused further strife to wildlife conservation, human beings, and animals of all species. In conjunction with the ongoing environmental situation, the combination of the economic necessity of globalism and the continued prevalence of authoritarian regimes around the world, has made multilateral discussion difficult to an extent never seen before, particularly surrounding the topic of climate change. The NYCC 2050 summit, organized by UNFCCC and environmental activist groups, hopes to bring together both developed nations (who remain some of the world’s greatest polluters) and countries disproportionately affected by climate change, to repair multilateral relationships to find practical solutions to  complex global problems.
 


Hunger Games Crisis Committee

It's been a year since the last Hunger Games where Katniss Everdeen made a statement against the Capitol. Hope has flooded the districts, but things are brewing in the Capitol that threaten to squash any potential uprising. Not to mention the fact that the 75th Games are quickly approaching. This year is a Quarter Quell, and the special twist this time is that all tributes will be reaped from the pool of existing victors. It's going to be a long and difficult journey no matter where you stand. Are you loyal to the Capitol system, and wary of uprisings in the district? Are you angry at the Capitol, and how far are you willing to go for your freedom? Trust no one, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

 


General Assembly -  Drafting the United States Constitution (1787)

There are several factors that play into the conversation of the Constitution in the 1780’s. During this time two distinct groups, Federalists and Anti-federalist, questioned the future of governing. The fundamental differences between the two are the structure of government. Federalists, like Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, believed that subordinate state governments should be centered around a strong national government. Meanwhile, anti-federalists wanted to steer clear of anything remotely similar to the British monarchical system; they favored stronger state government and a weaker national government. In geographical terms, federalists were concentrated in more densely populated areas and Anti-federalists in smaller rural areas. 

The Articles of Confederation are closely linked to anti-federalists aspirations for government. The contents of this document left the national government with little power, handing the power instead to the states. Firstly, the document created an overly de-centralized government that made governing over the growing nation difficult. There was no “executive” institution, and states acted as independent entities. Collaboration between the states was sparse, even though the Articles of Confederation specified that the states were binded by; “a firm league of friendship with each other.” The notable failures of the Articles include the national governments’ inability to control interstate commerce, an ineffective taxation system, and implement a state based currency system. Also, given that raising funds was a challenge, the colonies struggled in paying off debts sustained from the recent war. 

Topics to Consider for Debate:

The Articles of Confederation: what worked and what did not work? Digging into the failures
Future stability: What must be included in this new document that will ensure the success of a young nation and its future? 
Global credibility: How can this new Constitution be written to create a strong and positive image of the United States in the global eye? 
Serving the People: How will this new constitution reflect the desires and goals of the people?
Philosophical Influence: How can the values of Enlightened figures like Montesquieu, Hobbs, or Locke, be reflected in this New Constitution?