Maria’s MODEL UNITED NATIONS 2018 (MMUN ’18)

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Maria’s MODEL UNITED NATIONS 2018 (MMUN ’18)

The MUN culture has taken strong roots at Maria’s Public School since we hosted the first ever Inter-School Model United Nations conference in the region back in 2015. Since then, every edition has been instrumental in the advocacy of the ideals and motives of the United Nations, inculcating values and skills of leadership, communication, negotiation, diplomacy, teamwork, and confidence building through an engaging and structured framework.

The committees which will be simulated in MMUN’18 are as follows:

• Special Convention on Religion and Terror (SCRT).
• Historic Crisis Committee (HCC).
• Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
• All India Political Parties Meet (AIPPM).
• International Press Corps (IPC) – For Reporters and Photographers.

Like every year, the conference is based on a theme that has resonated with the world community. The theme for this year is – ‘Interventionism in a Globalized World’

This year’s conference is scheduled to take place at Maria’s Public School from 12th to 14th May, starting at 8.30 am to 5 pm, on all three days.

Registration Links –

1. Individual Registrations – https://bit.ly/2HG8DNW (Now closed)
2. School Registrations – https://bit.ly/2JhrsEi

We have listed the requirements for participation in MMUN’18 below in order to facilitate the selection of the school delegation:
1. Every school must send at least one delegate to each of the committees mentioned above.
2. Schools must send only one reporter and one photographer for the IPC.
3. To be eligible for the ‘Best Delegation Award’, schools must send a minimum of 10 delegates.
4. The Registration begins from the 25th of March, 2018

5. Fee details:
• School Registration Fee: Rs 3000/-
• Fee per Delegate: Rs 2500/-
• Fee per escort Teacher: Rs 1500/-

Introducing United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six primary bodies of the developmental system, which brings economic, social and environmental affairs under the same front.

Being the colossal organ of the UN itself and with roots pertaining to various complexities – This year at the 4th edition MMUN, The Economic and Social Council, would take up on the issue which the mainstream society has been tumultuously creating dialogues and deliberations upon, to build up a stable ground for the world to function properly with regards to the economical, cultural, social and environmental aspects, such that humans can strive for the betterment of the society with ideas clashing and merging – ‘The variant moiety of world trade: free vs fair’.

Even when some changes remain inconspicuous and the inconclusive for a long time, we cannot remain oblivious to the present change going around in the world. The change that led to the apparent division of the world into two fragments of economy.

One demands for the liberty and exemption of any barriers or restrictions on the exports and imports of goods and services with the augmentation of the commerce, whereas the other section demands for the restrictions as they believe that it will provide them with the freedom, for the trade to be fairer, for protection and promotion of the rights and interests of the large scale as well as small scale producers.

In today’s era, human beings progression into the fiscal side of the world has become extremely important for their will to live. It has come to a stage where the protection and the promotion of the rights and interests of the producers and the workers is the key in stabilizing the economical society.

Hence, it is the need of the hour to come up with a fruitful negotiation where neither the rights and interests of the workers and producers are compromised nor the growth and expansion of the economy is hindered.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is, by far, the primary agency of United Nations that works in regards to the environment. Created in December 1972 by the General Assembly, this committee is responsible for the coordination of environmental activities, creating of policies and frameworks with respect to the environmental policy-making in various countries. Since its establishment in 1972, UNEP has evolved over the years and has also begun to work towards various Sustainable Development goals and the environmental policies in relations to economic, political and social spheres.

This year in United Nations Environment Programme, the delegates shall discuss and review the very base of all environmental actions of the agenda, that is, ‘Reviewing of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with a special emphasis on the recent Paris Climate Change Treaty’.

With the announcement of the withdrawal of United States of America from the Paris Agreement and with their intention to do the same with UNFCCC, environment politics for the first time in decades is witnessing a lack of global leadership. The cutting down of funds to various environmental institutions and to the agreement actions that are part of UNFCCC has further complicated the process. This implies the possibility of absolute collapse of all the agreements in association with the UNFCCC as well as major environmental institutions including UNEP itself.

Delegates, our deliberations and debates in the committee shall define the outcome of the future of this environmental crisis. Let us show that our actions within the four walls of the committee will actually be a great leap towards the environment as well as the mankind.

Special Convention on Religion and Terror is an unwonted committee that revolves around the explicative as well as implicative religious aspects which greatly influence war, conflict and crimes. SCRT not only consists of flagship countries, but also an array of portfolios belonging to non member states. The main motive of this distinctive committee is to discuss, negotiate, and deliberate upon the aforementioned aspects of religion, which turn into the baleful cosh of horrors and terrors, between member states, non member states and portfolios.

The agenda for SCRT is ‘The Question of Islamic Militarism as Terrorism’. This agenda shall focus on the global tension that prevalently pertains due to the religious factors. The discussion in the committee shall take place on the holy religion of Islam and the questionability of the legitimacy of its way of militarism and the roles and actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However, the primary and imperative goal of SCRT is to come up with an effectual conclusion that not only spans across borders, but affects humanity as a whole.

So delegates, the crucial time has arrived for all of us to apply our negotiation and diplomacy skills to come up with solutions for the areas which are already seething in turmoil and prove again that diplomacy and humanity are greater than religion.

“My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have the same opportunities as the strongest” -Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome to AIPPM (1951), a historic committee comprising of politicians from important political parties and aimed at recreating the first ever general elections held in post independence India. The 1951-52 General Elections were held at a time when the young nation of India was just discovering its feet. They were a big step taken by a nervous republic to become the major international player it has become today The Indian General Elections have never been free from controversy; whether it be the 1977 General Elections which culminated in the election of the first ever non-congress prime minister of India, or the more recent 2014 elections, which were the largest ever in the world.

This year, the committee gives delegates the opportunity to change the course of history. By simulating the 1951-52 general elections, delegates can help in the better understanding of the political scene in India before the first prime minister was elected, and hence, help in understanding the issues that India as a country was facing post independence.

The committee is therefore aimed at discussing important political and socio-economic factors that led to the election of the first Prime Minister and the first Cabinet. After the drafting of the Indian Constitution, the elections were the next key step in attaining an important status in the global context for the nation. This edition of Maria’s Model United Nations will assign the delegates the challenging task of going back in time and possibly bringing about a change in the history of India and planning a better political future for the newly freed nation.

With immense pleasure, we welcome you to the fourth edition of inter school Maria’s Model United Nations Conference, 2018. We hope that the countless hours of effort and hard work of the Executive Board and the Organising Committee would serve as an experience worth everything.

The world has been savaged by the evils of terrorism, religious conflicts, political suppression, legal corruption, and other plethora of issues that are jeopardizing the world peace and harmony. The global community has always suffered as a collective entity. History has been a very strong evidence showing that the world has always been broken into fragments. Be it for the claim over sovereignty or the constant fight for the righteous power; the harmony and peace that the past leaders and their successors have dreamt of have never been witnessed. Hence, war and intervention have many a times corrupted the world, as history holds the witness of it.

Keeping in mind the popular quote by George Santayana, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” In this fourth edition of Maria’s Model United Nations, we are bestowing the power upon the delegates to bring a change and challenge the delegates to rewrite history with the pure essence of diplomacy and negotiation, as we travel back in time.

A Crisis Committee (CC) is a simulation called upon during times of crises to discuss and deliberate upon the same. This year’s conference will hold a Crisis Committee which will be historic in nature. The Historic Crisis Committee or the HCC shall be looking into the matters, analysing from all the angles of the agenda and have the liberty to discuss on the critical issues, keeping diplomacy alive while finding feasible solutions to undo the wrongs. The committee this time will answer to the future of the millions of human beings as it sets out its agenda, ‘Discussing the situation in MENA region with special emphasis on Libya’.

Inspired by revolts in other Arab countries, especially the neighbouring nations of Egypt and Tunisia, violent protests break out in Benghazi and eventually spread to other cities, leading to escalating clashes between security forces and anti-Gaddafi rebels. Human rights, development and corruption, and leadership are used as some reasons as to why the faith of Libya has stretched to clashes and violence between Gaddafi and anti-Gaddafi rebels. These confrontations have only resulted in worsening of the situation than ever before.

Hence, the Executive Board expects the delegates to be highly driven by the sense of empathy and live on the edge to solve the crisis and alongside the updates that the committee would come across. We also expect the delegate to be well researched so as to be able to take active participation in the discussions.

We eagerly await your presence at this conference. We wish you good luck and that we hope that each and every delegate makes the most out of this conference.

Welcome to the International Press Corps, the unconventional committee tantamount to the common yet powerful phrase, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’ The IPC is a colossal and well- organized body comprising of various news agencies, broadcasters and publications, acting as a primary link between the masses and the United Nations. The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA), established in the year 1948 represents the Press.

The Press has been an integral aspect in conveying information to the masses of the present multidimensional system, monitoring the goings-on in institutions and society and living upto the ideals of transparency and accountability.

The IPC sources cognizance and scrutiny, as well as punctiliously serves as a link between the committees and the delegates through the medium of the newsletter. The newsletter will consist of council reports and columns accompanied by images and snapshots of the five committees, bringing out the happenings from A to Z of the different committees to the public eye.

The IPC will comprise of reporters and photographers spread across the entire conference, expected to staunchly abide by the role of Press conduct and look after the assiduous and holistic coverage of the features and attributes of the three-day event through various means of mutual cooperation and communication between the press delegates and its authority. The Executive Board expects the press delegates to follow the Press conduct and the diplomatic courtesy.

We are extremely happy to have a great team of press delegates on board, and we really hope that all the participants make the most out of this upcoming astounding conference. Let us prove it again that journalism is indeed history on the run!

Presenting before you the Executive Board and Organising Committee of Maria’s Model United Nations.

The accommodation details for the outstation schools will be provided as soon as possible. For further information, kindly refer to their official website (www.mariasmun.org) and Facebook Page (Maria’s Model United Nations).

For more updates, stay tuned to The North-Eastern Chronicle. We hope to see your school participate in Maria’s Model United Nations 2018.

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