Published on February 10, 2019
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Ad Hoc Committee of the Secretaries-General
Designed for the most experienced delegates attending the conference, the Ad Hoc Committee of the Secretaries-General amplifies the impromptu crisis driven elements of a typical Specialized committee at JHUMUNC by changing one important aspect of the committee: the topic of the committee and delegate positions will not be released until shortly before the conference. As such, delegates will have to be fast and creative with problem solving, scheming, and strategizing in order to make up for the greatly reduced preparation time. Since this a committee in which pre-conference preparation and research is impossible, qualified and experienced delegates who are interested are encouraged to submit an application for the Ad Hoc committee. Ideal candidates include head delegates (or other club/team officers) and juniors/seniors with extensive crisis committee experience. Ultimately, the topics of the committee, its timeframe, and who it is composed of have all been designed with the goal of making the Ad Hoc Committee a fast paced and competitive environment in which an equalized level of preparation will allow for delegates’ Model UN skills to be put to the test.
Topic A: Will Be Announced at the Conference
Topic B: Will Be Announced at the Conference
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Welcome to JHUMUNC 2020 and welcome to Ad Hoc! I am so excited to work with you over the course of this crisis committee and hope you enjoy all that this conference and Johns Hopkins offers. A bit about myself—I was born in Syracuse, New York but have lived just outside Boston, MA for most of my childhood. MUN has always been one of my greatest passions and whether it was competing fervently on the high school circuit, founding my school’s inaugural conference (WinMUN), or staffing the National High School Model United Nations Conference (NHSMUN), I firmly believe that MUN can change people’s lives. Here at JHU, I study Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Management. In addition to chairing this committee, I’m also on Hopkins competitive Model UN team (HopMUN), the parliamentary debate team (JHUDC), the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra (HSO), and play intramural soccer!
Now, a bit about our committee: “Ad Hoc” is a Latin phrase meaning “for this,” referring to something existing for a very specific purpose. Subsequently, this committee will tackle pressing issues testing your resolve and creativity. Only the BEST solutions will pass, so think carefully about your strategy and the consequences of your actions, both short and long-term. As someone who loves competing in Ad Hoc committees, my best advice would be to trust your instincts, be ready to adapt on the fly and be a great listener because you never know where/when the next crisis update will come. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask questions (although if they are about the committee topic, I’m afraid that my answers will be rather cryptic)—my email is listed below.
In conclusion, don’t be a model OF the United Nations. Be a model FOR the United Nations. Your fate depends on it.
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee of the Secretaries-General
JHUMUNC Session XXIII