North Model United Nations 2020

Historical Crisis Committee


The Historical Crisis Committee (HCC) provides a fascinating, live experience that will strain delegates into creating innovative and effective solutions to mitigate a notable event from the past. Thanks to its popularity, the committee is found and popularized in nearly every Model UN conference.

The Rules of Procedure of the HCC is carried out in perpetual moderated caucus. The normal crisis happenings of any committee are enlarged in the HCC with continuous updates on the event throughout the conference. Thanks to its historical background, delegates will have the opportunity to alter the course of history through public and private directives as important members of a strategic body. Thus, delegates will hold responsibility of all the actions and results that take place within committee sessions.

Although the HCC is recommended to delegates with multiple past conference experiences, it is suggested highest to students who enjoy the experience of dealing with situations under pressure for long periods of time. Writing a position paper is not required for the HCC; however, writing one will greatly support the delegate’s background knowledge on the topic, thus giving them a better grasp of the topic during debate.

Position papers and inquiries should be submitted to

The Cuban Missile Crisis

The end of the Second World War brought two emerging superpowers- the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Both sides aimed for dominance over the global community through economic and political means. With the development of nuclear weapons, this race turned into an ideological conflict between the capitalist United States and the communist Soviet Union between 1945 and 1991, named the Cold War. This political game has already divided Germany, while leaving Korea and Viet Nam to perish in proxy wars.

In 1959, the American-backed military government of Fulgencio Batista is overthrown by communist revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro, with the help of the Soviet regime. Due to the geographical proximity of Cuba to the coast of Florida, Americans are in panic as an anti- American communist entity is established much closer to their homeland, ready to attack.

Ever since the American election of 1960, the world has been spotlighting young president John F. Kennedy, a former Massachusetts senator who served in World War 2. Kennedy’s determination to contain communism results in elevated tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, including the construction of the Berlin Wall and America’s increased support for South Vietnam.

Cuba, a nation co-operating closely with the Soviet Union, is no exception to America’s aggression. In April 1961, The Central Intelligence Agency sponsors a paramilitary attempt to overthrow the new Cuban government. The entire scheme fails quickly, with communist Cuban forces massively outnumbering the invaders. This only strengthens the relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union, alongside the unwavering popularity of Fidel Castro. In the upcoming months, Cuba receives and installs missiles from the Soviet Union. While the Kennedy administration assume no response on the issue, On October 24, 1962, Americans receive a report of Cuban missile facilities aimed towards the continental United States. With tensions in the Cold War reaching an all-time high, the White House must take immediate action on the threat of nuclear war.


Shamus Li | Director

Shamus is a grade 11 student studying in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Semiahmoo Secondary. He is extremely interested in tinkering with technology, and has often been called an Apple nerd on account of his fascination with Apple products. Shamus has been to several MUN conferences and is excited to welcome both experienced and new delegates to NorthMUN 2019. He believes that this fledgling conference will help attendees gain experience as well as let them have a good time in general. In his spare time, Shamus can often be found suffering from all his work.


Samuel Tung | Assistant Director

Samuel Tung is a sophomore at Southpointe Academy, and is delighted to be the assistant director of the HCC! Ever since he first shyly raised his placard in his freshman year, Samuel’s passion for MUN has only grown greater. Having attended six MUN conferences over the course of his career, Samuel loves Model UN not only because it taught him the ways of diplomacy, but also because it helped him to develop his public speaking skills and meet other passionate delegates! Outside of MUN, he can often be found taking photos around Vancouver, mindlessly watching YouTube videos, and savouring all kinds of sushi. All in all, Samuel is hopeful that all delegates will make meaningful memories at NorthMUN 2019!