HCCRI 2019 offers a total of 4 single delegate councils, 1 double delegate council (where two delegates partner each other to represent one country) and 1 crisis council. Delegates will be able to indicate their council preferences in the registration form.
United Nations General Assembly
The General Assembly paradoxically wields both the most and the least power in the UN. Having the capability to create new norms and customs — yet having little to no legal authority vested in it — it is the ultimate test of a delegate’s capability to navigate a council using rhetoric and charisma, to set global pronouncements on controversial issues. These issues this year include the Question of Promoting Sustainable Energy and the Question of Preserving Free Trade. Delegates should look forward to debating not just about solutions, but also about the question itself — and how the problem should be defined.
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
The United Nations Committee for the Status of Women occupies a central role in the global quest for gender equality. It is the platform where nations bring to the table the various roles women suffer from systemic discrimination, oppression, and inequality; and make normative judgements on which goals and problems to prioritise. This contention in both problem and solution is evident in the topics of the Question of Female Education and the Question of Sexual Crimes in Post-Conflict Situations. Delegates would get a chance to grapple with the struggle of trying to fight for women’s rights in an arena of scarce resources — and political capital.
East Asia Summit
The East Asian Summit is one of paradoxes: where great power conflict plays out, yet tempered by the consensus-based and non-interfering framework of geopolitical engagement of the ASEAN way. The diversity amongst Southeast Asian nations is also aplenty — from non-aligned countries to countries with obvious leanings. As such, how do countries navigate great powers, small countries, and the ASEAN grouping as a singular entity? The Question of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific and the Question of Ensuring Collective Cybersecurity will challenge delegates to answer the question of identities — and construct them as they debate.
United Nations Security Council
(Double Delegate Council)
The United Nations Security Council is inanely straightforward, yet continues to challenge the most experienced of delegates. Being the only council in the United Nations which has the authority to authorise force and mandate countries to follow its resolutions, the perennial focus on the nuances of different solutions — and the analysis of their merits and flaws — is something that requires an astute understanding of geopolitics throughout the world. Therefore, the Question of Iran and the Future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as well as the Question of Armed Conflict in Somalia requires a mind of stark clarity and clinical analysis to bring to council — and emerge with solutions in the interest of one’s nation.
General Assembly VI (Legal Committee)
Unbeknownst to most, the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee deliberates issues that question the fundamental concepts of United Nations actions. The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, the Declaration of Principles of International Law, Friendly Relations, and Co-operation among States, and the Rome Statue are integral to the functioning of the international world order today. The questions raised in this year’s HCCRI — the Question of Codifying the Sources of Jus Cogens and the Question of Identifying the Personhood of International Corporations and their Responsibilities under International Law have the potential to directly impact future resolutions throughout the UN, both in terms of the interventions that might take place, and the the norms and principles that the UN holds. While an understanding of international law is required, delegates will be challenged to utilise the law in the most geopolitically beneficial way — both for the near future and the precedent it will set in the UN.
Crisis Cabinet: Singaporean Secret Societies
The Crisis Committee is the hallmark of premier Model UN conferences in Singapore. Dynamic, engaging, and challenging, Crisis aims to push delegates to their creative and diplomatic limits, and to equip them to handle high-stress situations. HCCRI VIII’s Crisis Committee will see delegates representing ‘towkays’ of Secret Societies in Singapore during her colonial era under Britain, as they navigate treacherous waters and difficult diplomatic lands all while preserving their communities, and becoming powerful by developing Singapore. Delegates will be challenged to tackle internal turmoil and external powers clamping down on their influence. Will they cooperate with other influential leaders? Will they side with the colonial powers? Will they rely on their sole strength? The rise and fall of the Secret Societies is an onus to be borne by delegates themselves.
To all delegates: the Societies welcome you with warm tea, open doors, and drawn blades.