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GA

The General Assembly (GA) was founded in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations and features 193 member states. Although there are six international bodies of the United Nations, for the purposes of this conference we will be assuming the role of all the bodies. The General Assembly is central in policy making with regards to international issues while promoting peace; which is in reflected in the 2005 Summit Outcome Document, that addressed development, security, human rights, and United Nations reform.The General Assembly is in charge of overall debate pertaining to all countries that usually include a variety of world affairs. It is the main policymaking body of the UN and has debate proposals brought to by different member states. Establishing a budget is also a main function of the GA. They vote on how much each member state should pay to maintain membership in the UN. General Assembly voting is not population based and maintains a one state-one vote policy, which allows equal representation and equal voting methods. This also means that countries that make up a small portion of overall world population can pass resolutions with a two-thirds majority.

Position Papers are mandatory, and must be turned in to the dais by 11:59PM on Nov 5, 2017. The dais’ e-mail address is ga@pacificmun.com. Late position papers will not be considered for an award unless an extension has been requested by the delegate and approved by the dais at least 24 hours in advance.

Further questions or inquiries can be directed to the dais at ga@pacificmun.com.

Topic 1: Providing Access to a Sustainable Food Supply

Topic 2: Preventing Sexual Violence Against Women

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Staff

Sophie Ossorio

Director

Sophie is a senior at Liberty High School, and she is super excited to be the Director of the General Assembly. Sophie enjoys playing the oboe, working as President of the Arabic Culture Student Association, and discussing libertarian philosophy in the local chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, in addition to participating in MUN. When not running around or playing, you can usually find Sophie working on her Spanish and Arabic or reading books on Middle Eastern affairs. Last year she was the USG of Conference, and the Assistant Director of the General Assembly of PACMUN 2015.

Rabeeya Asif

Chair

Rabeeya is a sophomore in the Cambridge program at Juanita High school. PACMUN was the very first conference she attended and is thrilled to be staffing this year. When she’s not deliberating international affairs, you will find her on the tennis court or in the DECA room. Rabeeya has a strong passion for volunteering through Key Club and is a proud member of the Redmond Youth Partnership Advisory Committee (RYPAC). She also loves math, Harry Potter, and Teen Wolf. In her free time, she likes to read, play with her cat-sized rabbit Seymour, go on hikes, make bad jokes and sleep. Rabeeya has an odd attachment to General Assemblies, and is impatiently waiting to see you guys take the committee to the MUN!

Madeline Battalio

Assistant Director

Madeline Battalio is thrilled to be the Assistant Director of the General Assembly this year! She is a senior at Woodinville High School and has been involved in MUN since her sophomore year at PACMUN 2015. When she is not delving into international affairs and politics, she spends her time tap dancing all across the continent, cuddling her dog Flynn (sometimes against his will), drinking lots of coffee, and exploring with friends. She cannot wait for her first time staffing and looks forward to meeting all of the delegates!