At IVMUN 2017, participants will take part in a simulation of the United Nations, its agency or another international body, through which delegates can obtain a deeper insight about the nuances of international affairs and speak about what they are devoted to.
IVMUN 2017 will feature 08 distinct committees, with two general assembly committees, three specialized agencies, one regional body, and two crisis councils. The various topics on agenda in IVMUN 2017 have been selected to ensure the most compelling and productive discussion.
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Disarmament and Security Committee - GA1
The Disarmament and Security Committee (DISEC) is the first of the General Assembly’s six main bodies. DISEC was founded in 1993 and was the integration of two different former committees namely the Atomic Energy Commission and the Commission for Conventional Armaments. The establishment of DISEC was to form an useful international forum for Member States in order to discuss critical issues relating to security and disarmament of destructive weapon.
According to the Article 26 of the United Nations Charter, the role of DISEC is “to promote the establishment and maintenance of international peace and security with the least diversion for armaments of the world's human and economic resources”. Before 1970, the main focus of the committee were solely placed on political issues. Nonetheless, the focus has now been shifted to the eradication and reduction of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as these have posed grave threats to global peace and security. In recent year, with the rapid and perilous expansion of international crimes, more work has been laid on terrorist threats, outer space issues, accessibility of weapons by terrorists for mass destruction and technological inventions for breaching security of countries.
Although DISEC has no power to impose sanctions or pass resolutions which allows the intervention of army onto any country’s territory, the committee aspires to come up with proposals as immediate responses and effective solutions to any threat to the global security.
Topic 1: Combating piracy in international seas
Topic 2: Prohibition of producing, stockpiling, and employing CBRN weapons
Economic and Financial Committee - GA2
The Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) is the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, with a concentration on issues of global financing and economic development. Its topic typically range from macro-economic policy, trade statute, sustainable development, poverty eradication, debt sustainability, and technological progress. In the time of heightened globalisation and interdependence, especially with the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the committee is expected to be able to spur economic growth and prosperity in developing countries and easing strain on countries in the process of financial reconstruction.
Integral to the working of the General Assembly and the United Nations in general, ECOFIN seeks to step up its importance through variegated media and means, especially in the face of ever-changing political agenda and insurmountable macro-economic upheaval. It is of utmost necessity that those who seek a strong and stable global economy convene and propose solutions to aggravating problems of the modern day.
Topic 1: Measures against crude oil price volatility
Topic 2: The issue of eliminating transnational illicit trade
United Nations Development Program
Headquartered in New York City, the UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training, and support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to least developed ones. UNDP, with co-ordination from UNDG, works in over 170 countries and territories, and bears the responsibility to eradicate poverty and inequalities around the world, with focuses in key areas including democratic governance and peacebuilding, poverty alleviation, climate change, economic inequality, racial and gender equality, and human rights. UNDP’s strength comes from gaining the trust of developing countries, owing to its impartial character, longstanding presence and commitment to the poorest and most vulnerable.
Since its inception in 1965, UNDP have rigorously and conscientiously tackled stigmas and discrimination, combatted for the welfare of those in dire need, as well as ensuring robust process in its structure for seamless performance. In 2016, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is the successor of the Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals. With it in top priority, UNDP wishes to create peace and prosperity to all people, and to unite all countries in the endeavor for sustainable development.
Topic 1: Global access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
Topic 2: Protecting child safety, education, and nutrition
United Nations Environment Program
An agency of United Nations that was established in the late 1970s, UNEP aims to assist countries, developed and developing alike, in implementing environmental policies and practices. This agency boasts an impressive ensemble of 100 specialists and 100 million dollars of funding for the first five years, a number that remains constant as UNEP continues to grow. UNEP negotiated the passing of the Montreal Protocol for limiting gas emissions, made other notable contributions belong to fields such as international trade in chemicals, transboundary air pollution, and contamination of international waterways.
UNEP specializes in fields relating to climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, resource efficiency, and more. Implementation of environmental science was widely promoted and adopted internationally due in large part to the agency's consistent and efficient counseling. UNEP works with national governments and regional institutions as well as with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in order to aid in the formulation of guidelines and treaties on environmental issues.
Always on the lookout for bright young minds with a passion for protecting and renewing the environment, UNEP is eager to greet those who seek to better our future towards the transformation of our Earth.
Topic 1: Chemical Waste Management
Topic 2: Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nation High Commissioner Refugees (UNHCR) is a global organisation committed to the mission of saving lives and protecting rights for refugees and displaced communities. Having witnessed the need to assist individuals that were denied access from tenable settlements as a result of the World War II, European revolutions, and the decolonisation of African and Asian nations, the UNHCR was founded in 1950 upon the basis of of securing better futures for not only contemporary but also future societies.
Up until now, the gamut of humanitarian acts of UNHCR range from advocacy, education, public health, shelter, to asylum migration. Looking back, the current multitude of feat and peace we have attained today – 67 years after the creation of the UNHRC – is attributed to our persistent, united hearts and minds that cared for the wellbeing of many surrounding communities. While the UNHCR is a United Nation body on its own, it would be nowhere as successful without the assistance of national governments, NGOs, and most notably, youth – you. Your very attentiveness to better the refugees’ future is the vital element to humanitarian progress – to UNHCR and our works. We believe that is why you are here, and also why you will cope effectively with current pressing challenges and be able to provide pertinent resolutions that tie us back to our mission.
Topic 1: Protecting socio-economic rights and opportunities for temporarily displaced people during conflicts
Topic 2: Return and reintegration of refugees
For the past 16 years since its establishment, the African Union, consisting of 55 countries on the African continent, with a mission to construct an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa, representing a dynamic force in global arena, has never once stopped striving to fulfill its objectives: defense of member states' independence, protection of human rights, promotion of peace, security, stability on the continent, of co-operation in all fields for the sake of economic, social, and cultural development.
Yet a number of challenges for AU to resolve still remain, ranging from health issues, such as combatting AIDS/HIV epidemic; political issues such as confronting undemocratic regimes and mediating in civil wars; economic issues such as improving the standard of living of millions of impoverished Africans; ecological issues such as dealing with recurring famines, desertification, and lack of sustainability; to the legal issues regarding Western Sahara.
These aforementioned problems, however, do not in the least sway the Union's determination in accomplishing its objectives. More than ever, AU is resolved to strengthen its solidarity, to put forth every effort possible to solve the problems at hand. Together, we shall work with our hearts and minds toward a bright future, not only for Africa alone, but for the world as a whole also.
Topic 1: Minimizing violence associated with conflict minerals
Topic 2: Combating the rise of radical Islamic terrorism in Africa
United Nations Security Council - Crisis Council
The United Nations Security Council is one of the six main organs of the United Nations as established by the UN Charter, charged with the primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. It has traditionally regarded its mandate as purely pertaining to matters of armed or military security. As opposed to a trias politica model, it exercises executive, legislative and judicial powers. The Security Council is the only UN organ whose decisions are binding upon UN members, and it has the right to investigate any dispute, impose international sanctions, and authorise military actions, as well as the sole authority over UN Peacekeeping Forces. As such, it is considered the most important and powerful UN body.
In the real United Nations, formal sessions are highly performative and propagandistic in nature, as they are covered by the international press; belligerent speeches justifying their own positions and attacking opponents, as well as staged walkouts, are frequently the focus of the cameras. The actual deliberative work of the Council, including discussions, debates, amendments, and veto threats, is done informally behind closed doors in the ‘conference room’ without procedural votes, and is usually based on consensus. This ensures that the vast majority of draft resolutions going on the floor will be passed unanimously, and most deviations from this pattern are regarded as political statements where the sponsor wishes to force a permanent member to cast a public, recorded veto. However, in most Security Councils at Model United Nations conferences, including at IVMUN, the deliberative process is usually part of the formal session; informal discussions are conducted primarily in parallel to formal procedures.
Topic: Resolving conflicts and re-establishing maritime security
Fantasy Crisis Council - Jedi High Council
Since its appearance in the first conference in 2015, Fantasy Crisis Council (FCC) has been considered as the signature committee of IVMUN, providing the delegates with both insightful experience of participating in a MUN committee and the intriguing experience of role-playing and changing the outcome of their favorite fictional series. After two years of success with the Ministry of Magic council of the Harry Potter universe and the White council of the Lord of the Rings universe, FCC makes a comeback this year with the Jedi High Council. This fantasy council is based on the Star Wars - an American epic space opera franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. Jedi High Council, also known simply as the Jedi Council, was the primary Jedi Council of the Jedi Order during the rule of the Galactic Republic. Made up of a group of twelve wise and powerful Jedi Masters, five lifetime members, four long-term members, and three limited-term members, the Jedi Council is formed to guide the Order as well as to serve as an advisory body for the Office of the Supreme Chancellor. As the governing body of the entire Jedi Order, the Jedi Council's decision was final and to be respected by all Jedi. Dealing directly with the Office of the Supreme Chancellor, the Council would offer the sitting Chancellor advice on political maneuvering and insight through the Force.
Come join us, and may the Force be with you always.