Welcome note by Secretary General

The young minds today will determine the future tomorrow. They will sustain and will pass it on for the betterment of the generation yet to be born. The ideas of the current leaders are at a juncture to be considered as being innovative and the best. Why? It is because of its outstanding features which makes it unique. Imagine every mind fabricates such exceptional thoughts. We are back! Another season of GSMUN but not just another one. We have a new logo, new committees, new administration and a new spirit. GSMUN 2K17 started off purely as a student based initiative and has managed to improve and develop certain features of GSMUN. We comprise DISEC, SPECPOL, SOCHUM, SC, UNODC, ECOFIN, HRC and ECOSOC. All of them led by our very talented Presidents, the level is sure to rise. All of this development is the result of the core team. The Administration run by Vedant Goenka is better than ever. The IT department looks great with Sai Sanwariya, Aman Bathwal and Sahaaj. Stay updated with GSMUN PRESS led by Parnika Bajaj. We will be there on 14th September, 2017. Stay tuned, keep the spirit going. This is GSMUN 2017 revamped.

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About the Logo

Creator : Joshua Stephen Abraham

The Yin-yang symbol at the centre represents Chinese philosophy which stresses on peace, harmony and balance in nature. There is no light without darkness and the other way round is impossible as well. We need to accept that we do encompass shortcomings. What is important to us is coping with that darkness, fostering the best traits and living harmoniously. To make an establishment trustworthy, we require addressing its merits and demerits. The UN is by no means perfect. Superimposed over the Yin-yang symbol, is the logo of the UN, which makes the previous statement clear and displays a clear correlation between the logo and the UN. The weighing scale or balance hung over the UN logo displays the role of justice in the UN. To sustain balance is a sword which possesses the meaning of power through diplomacy. The logo of peace inside the Yin-yang symbolizes peace. Finally, there are the laurel branches of the UN logo that encapsulates the entire logo. This has been done to prove that the values demonstrated in the MUN are the same as practiced in the United Nations.

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Ishaan Vinod Dulhani

Secretary General

The Secretary General of GSMUN, a person who can be approached anytime, any minute and anywhere to have a chat about the most recent global issues on decolonization or atomic energy. From his first MUN as a co-delegate of Ukraine in HRC in 2013 to the post of Secretary General in 2017, his journey has been incredible. He is the school captain of GSIS and is guide philosopher and friend to the student body of GSIS. In 2014 he was the delegate of Chad and in 2015 the delegate of UK in the Security Council. He was also awarded the best delegate in the same year. In 2016, Ishaan was the co-head of the Security Council. He has taken part in various debate competitions held in our school and has achieved awards for the same.

Associative Secretary General : Hridey Bathra

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Mahima Kale

Deputy Secretary General

The Deputy Secretary General, GSMUN, a kind-hearted individual, is very devoted towards her work, lives up to her deadlines. She is the Head girl of GSIS. Being a part of UNESCO in 2014, UNODC in 2015 and HRC in 2016, she has a very diverse experience in MUN .She has taken part in various elocution competitions and has been recognized for her excellent oratory skills. She is really interested in badminton and painting and loves horse-riding as well. She aims to be a product designer in the field of industrial engineering. If you approach her for any kind of help she will always be there for you.

Associative Deputy Secretary General : Yashvi Vadalia

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General Assembly

President : Hitayu Kukatla

The General Assembly (GA) is the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law. The Assembly meets from September to December each year and subsequently from January to August, as required, including to take up outstanding reports from the Fourth and Fifth Committees. Also during the resumed part of the session, the Assembly considers current issues of critical importance to the international community in the form of High-level Thematic Debates organized by the President of the General Assembly in consultation with the membership.

Security Council

Head:Samraat Gupta

Co-Head : Riya Shah

Security Council’s resolutions are typically enforced by UN peacekeepers, military forces voluntarily provided by member states and funded independently of the main UN budget. As of 2016, 103,510 peacekeeping soldiers and 16,471 civilians are deployed on 16 peacekeeping operations and 1 special political mission to resolve international conflicts, the Security Council sometimes imposes sanctions. They debate on sanctions and include proposals on ways to make them more effective, better "targeted," and more humane and lawful. The Council also frequently deploys peacekeeping missions that bring soldiers and police directly into conflict zones. Peacekeeping is the UN's largest and most expensive activity and it can also be controversial, especially when "robust" operations apply lethal force.

Disarmament and International Security

Head: Anushka Sarawgi

Co-Head : S. Rooshni

The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime. It considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations; the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments. The Committee works in close cooperation with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament. It is the only Main Committee of the General Assembly entitled to verbatim records coverage.

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The Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Head:Vedant Sagar

Co-Head : Rhea Jain

Economic and Financial Council is a part of the general assembly of United Nations. This administers financial and economic problems of the world. Currently the second committee is chaired by His Excellency Mr. Andrej Logar of Slovenia. The committee also solves problems related to economic growth and development such as macroeconomic policy questions. Although the term “Environment” is vast and varied, the basic modeling comprises the physical environment and the biological life forms. Thanks to humans and their never-ending demands, the environment is now facing a plethora of problems that include Global warming, Ozone Depletion, Pollution in every form possible and Population. The Earth’s biosphere can’t take no more and it’s time we do our best to save the environment.

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Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian

Head:Divyakshi Nath

Co-Head : Aanya Devabhaktuni

The Third Committee of the General Assembly at its seventy-second session, is chaired by H.E. Mr. Einar Gunnarsson (Iceland). The General Assembly allocates to the Third Committee, agenda items relating to a range of social, humanitarian affairs and human rights issues that affect people all over the world. As in previous sessions, an important part of the work of the Committee will focus on the examination of human rights questions, including reports of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council which was established in 2006. In October 2016, the Committee will hear and interact with special rapporteurs, independent experts, and chairs of working groups as mandated by the Human Rights Council. The Committee also discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.

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Special Political and Decolonisation

Head:Maanav Trehon

Co-Head : Manav Thadani

The Assembly is empowered to make recommendations to States on international issues within its competence. The Assembly has initiated actions — political, economic, humanitarian, social and legal — which have affected the lives of millions of people throughout the world. The landmark Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000, and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document reflect the commitment of Member States to reach specific goals to attain peace, security and disarmament along with development and poverty eradication; to safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law; to protect our common environment; to meet the special needs of Africa; and to strengthen the United Nations. During the 69th session, a process of intergovernmental negotiations — held in informal meetings of the General Assembly plenary — was launched with the goal of building consensus among countries towards the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Economic and Social Council

Head : Jeffrey Kolenchery

Co-Head : Khushi Parikh

At a glance, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. It is one of the six main organs of the United Nations in 1946. It serves as a principal mechanism for the United Nations Systems and its agencies. It supervises bodies in economic, social and environmental fields. ECOSOC engages a wide variety of stakeholders – policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, major groups, foundations, business sector representatives and 3,200+ registered NGO’s – in a productive dialogue on sustainable development through a programmatic cycle of meetings. The work of the Council is guided by an issue-based approach, and there is an annual theme that accompanies each programmatic cycle, ensuring a sustained and focused discussion among multiple stakeholders.

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Head:Aarti Mohinani

Co-Head : Swachit Chhajer

UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crimes. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget. UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions, to redouble the efforts to implement the commitment to counter the world drug problem and to take concerted action against international terrorism.

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Human Rights Council

Head:Thomas Siby | Palak Jain

Co-Head : Jeremiah

HRC is a member of the General Assembly elect the members who occupy the UNHRC's 47 seats. The term of each seat is three years, and no member may occupy a seat for more than two consecutive terms. The seats are distributed among the UN's regional groups as follows: 13 for Africa, 13 for Asia, six for Eastern Europe, eight for Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), and seven for the Western European and Others Group (WEOG). The previous CHR had a membership of 53 elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) through a majority of those present and voting. The General Assembly can suspend the rights and privileges of any Council member that it decides has persistently committed gross and systematic violations of human rights during its term of membership. The suspension process requires a two-thirds majority vote by the General Assembly. The resolution establishing the UNHRC states that "when electing members of the Council, Member States shall take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto", and that "members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights".

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