Historical General Assembly (1946)
This committee will emulate the General Assembly under the circumstances of its first session in 1946. Resolutions were passed during the first two and last three months of this calendar year, which directly proceeded the end of World War II and dissolution of the League of Nations. The idea behind the formation of the UN stemmed from the need to create a secure international organization to address conflict, and was formalized during the Dumbarton Oaks Conference in 1943. At the 1946 session, there were fifty-one founding members, in addition to four new members, that voted on several characteristics inherent to the composition of the United Nations today, such as the UN Charter and the decision to set headquarters in New York. The organization has grown to include 193 member states and several subsidiary bodies that each concentrate on a particular topic.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: Formation of the Security Council
Topic B: Enforcement of United Nations ResolutionsAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Dear Honorable Delegates,
Welcome to JHUMUNC XXII! My name is Annabel Kady, and I am thrilled to be serving as your chair for the Historical General Assembly. I am incredibly excited to be working with all of you.
To give you a little background about myself, I was born and raised in New York City, and I am a freshman studying political science and sociology here at Hopkins. After college, I hope to one day attend law school and work in politics. When I’m not studying, I participate in several activities on campus like the Public Policy Consulting Team and the Parliamentary Debate Team. I also love working out and practicing yoga; I am currently in a teacher training program to become a certified yoga instructor.
During high school, I spent most of my free time participating in Model Congress. I loved learning about new topics through my research and participating in debates as a delegate, and I cannot wait to share my passion for debate with you. I remember coming away from conferences with new knowledge and newfound confidence in my speaking abilities. I hope this conference will give each of you the chance to do the same.
We will begin our simulation in 1946 and assume that nothing past that point has happened. Our committee is set at the time of the first ever United Nations (UN) session. Thus, as delegates you are tasked with the important job of charting the direction of the nascent UN just a year after the conclusion of the Second World War.
I cannot wait to hear each of your voices in committee. I hope that each one of you will come to the conference ready to engage in meaningful debate with your fellow delegates and leave the conference having learned more about the United Nations, history, and international relations.
I look forward to meeting all of you in February! Until then, good luck with writing your position papers and researching this year’s topics. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions that come up between now and the conference.
Chair, Historical General Assembly (1946)
JHUMUNC Session XXII