Committee Info


ECOSOC/GA Rules of Debate

RTC Fall 2007 will be run by modified National Collegiate Security Conference rules of debate. These are the same rules that were in effect at RTC Fall 2005 & 2006. No exceptions will be made to these rules. The Secretary General's ruling on all disputes and issues relating to the rules is final.

Click here to download the rules of debate.

We also ask that delegates submit a position paper of one-half to three-quarters of a page per topic detailing their country's position on the issues the committee will be discussing.
Examples of position papers can be found here.

*Position papers are required for ALL committees.*


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. To accomplish the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programs.

The following topics have been selected for discussion at RTC Fall 2007:

  • Topic One: Recreation as a Tool for Development
  • Topic Two: Water - Conflict and Scarcity and its Reprecussions for Development

Click here to download the UNDP background guide.
Click here to see UNDP openings.

Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)
The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) interprets and deliberates on the nature and principles of as outlined in Chapter V of the UN Charter. During the Cold War, it presented a key diplomatic arena in important issues of international security while the Security Council often remained inactive due to the constant use of veto powers by its permanent five members. It has since made contributions of paramount importance in many fields, including preventing the proliferation of conventional and non-conventional weapons, encouraging international disarmament, developing the fundamental tenets of international peace operations, combating terrorism and transnational crime, and addressing the relationship between disarmament, development and gender.

The following topics have been selected for discussion at RTC Fall 2007:

  • Topic One: UN Standing Army
  • Topic Two: Mercenaries in Africa (*NOTE* Position papers will NOT be required for topic 2)

Click here to download the DISEC Topic 1 background guide.
Click here to download the DISEC Topic 2 background guide.
Click here to see DISEC openings.


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
The Security Council has primary responsibility, under the Charter,for the maintenance of international peace and security. It is so organized as to be able to function continuously, and a representative of each of its members must be present at all times at United Nations Headquarters. When a complaint concerning a threat to peace is brought before it, the Council's first action is usually to recommend to the parties to try to reach agreement by peaceful means. In some cases, the Council itself undertakes investigation and mediation. It may appoint special representatives or request the Secretary-General to do so or to use his good offices. It may set forth principles for a peaceful settlement. When a dispute leads to fighting, the Council's first concern is to bring it to an end as soon as possible. On many occasions, the Council has issued cease-fire directives which have been instrumental in preventing wider hostilities. It also sends United Nations peace-keeping forces to help reduce tensions in troubled areas, keep opposing forces apart and create conditions of calm in which peaceful settlements may be sought. The Council may decide on enforcement measures, economic sanctions (such as trade embargoes) or collective military action.

  • Topic One: The situation between India and Pakistan
  • Topic Two: The situation in Darfur


Click here to download the UNSC Rules of Debate.

Click here to download the UNSC Topic 1 background guide.
Click here to download the UNSC Topic 2 background guide.
Click here to see UNSC openings.