The Commonwealth Games, first held in 1930 as the British Empire Games, are a multisport event that takes place every four years. The 71 competing teams are all members of the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly known as the British Commonwealth, and include both sovereign states and British Overseas Territories (BOTs). The Commonwealth has a presence on all continents, and accounts for 30% of the world’s total population. One unique aspect of the Games is that its participating teams are not all sovereign states. This provides the opportunity for regions like Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Falkland Islands to compete under their own flag. Because these teams cannot participate in the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games provide a rare opportunity for expressions of national pride.
The Commonwealth Games Committee at SSUNS is tasked with the organization and administration of the Commonwealth Games. The next iteration of the Games, which will take place in Birmingham, England in 2022, will be a topic of interest, as will the 2026 and 2030 editions.
There are a variety of issues to be debated relating to the Commonwealth Games. Such issues are commonly addressed in the planning of any large-scale international event, but none have been completely solved. This is because the variance in year and location of each event brings a variety of unique issues. Of course, there are also broader policy topics, which can be an important point of debate that shapes the future of the Games as a whole. In this committee, potential issues of debate include: security, athlete and sport regulation, and event hosting.