Discover the committees of KULMUN2023

We present you an overview of the different committees that will be part of KULMUN2023. In every committee, the work of a specific international institution is simulated. Participating delegates sign up for their committee of preference and they will represent one member of that specific body. The manner of debating and voting can differ according to the type of committee.

 

 

The Seven Committees of KULMUN2023

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European Parliament 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

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United Nations Security Council

CRISIS

Newswire

European Parliament

"In a democracy you listen, you debate openly,

you are accountable."

Recommended level

Suitable for Intermediate to advanced MUNers. 

Platform

In-person Committee

Topics

Topic A: On the Right Track: Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence


Topic B:  Navigating Through Troubled Times in Europe: Reconsidering a European Defence Union

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What is the European Parliament?

The European Parliament (EP) is one of two legislative bodies of the European Union and one of its seven institutions. Together with the Council of the European Union, it adopts European legislation.

All together the European Parliament has 3 roles. First, it debates legislation.It can pass or reject laws, and it can make amendments (albeit not in all cases). If the law is about EU budgets, the Parliament can only advise on it – it does not have the power to reject the law. Second, the EP supervises EU institutions and budgets, approves the president of the EU Commission. And lastly it establishes an EU budget (along with the Council of the EU).

The Parliament is composed of 705 members (MEPs). MEPs in Parliament are organised into eight different parliamentary groups, including thirty non-attached members known as non-inscrits. The two largest groups are the European People's Party (EPP) and the Socialists & Democrats (S&D). As a result of being broad alliances of national parties, European group parties are very decentralised. 

Since 1979, the Parliament has been directly elected every five years by the citizens of the European Union. It represents the second-largest democratic electorate in the world with an electorate of 375 million eligible voters in 2009.

Find out more: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/portal/en

 

UNHCR

"Nationality. It's not a privilege,

it's a human right"

Recommended level

Suitable for beginner level MUNers and above.

Platform

In-person committee

Topic

Topic A: Welcoming, Safe and Compassionate: Ensuring Access to Medical Care for Refugees 

Topic B: The Route to a Safe Home - Harmonizing Rules on Integration in the Country of First Asylum and on Resettlement into Third Countries

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What is UNHCR?

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a United Nations agency mandated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people, and to assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Created in 1950, the agency's work scope and legal framework was established with the 1951 Refugee Convention. This convention was initially focused on Europeans uprooted by war however with the 1967 Protocol to the Refugee Convention, which expanded the geographic and temporal scope of refugee assistance, UNHCR started operating across the world. As of June 2020, UNHCR has over 20 million refugees under its mandate.

As its geographic scope expanded, UNHCR's mandate has also gradually been expanded to include protecting and providing humanitarian assistance to whom it describes as other persons "of concern," including internally displaced persons (IDPs) who would fit the legal definition of a refugee under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol, the 1969 Organization for African Unity Convention, or some other treaty if they left their country, but who presently remain in their country of origin.

Find out more: https://www.unhcr.org 

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

NATO

"L'esprit libre dans la consultation"

Recommended level

Suitable for Intermediate to advanced MUNers.

Platform

In-person committee

Topic

Topic A: "Trust Issues" - Addressing the Threat of Hybrid Warfare 

Topic B: Improving Interoperability with NATO Partners: Integrating NATO Partners into NATO Operations and Crisis Management

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What is NATO?

Founded in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has established itself as one of the most relevant and powerful actors in the areas of security and military cooperation. Its 30 Member States have committed themselves to a regime of collective security under Article 5 of the NATO founding treaty. This means that in case one of the Member States is attacked, all other Members have to support it in its defence. As an addition to its core tasks of joint military training and coordination NATO has been the conducting organization of several peacekeeping missions authorized by the UN, e.g. in Libya and Afghanistan.


Originally established as a military alliance of Western States in Europe and Northern America to counter the threat of the Soviet alliance, NATO has recently been challenged with redefining its main priorities. While the relationship between the organization and Russia has returned to the focus of discussions, other areas such as cyber security and terrorism are increasingly part of the agenda.


Delegates in NATO will dive into debates on security politics and hard military power. A precarious balance must be struck between appeasement and the ability to respond to threats.

Find out more: https://www.nato.int 

 

UNSC

Recommended level

Recommended for advanced MUNers.

Platform

In-person committee

Topic

Topic A: Climate and Security - Preventing the Conflicts of Tomorrow Through Diplomacy of Today

Topic B: Prevention of an Arms Race in Space

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What is the UNSC?

The United Nations Security Council is one of the six main organs of the United Nations, as established in its charter of 1945. Its mandate allows the Council to impose sanctions or authorize the use of force, making it the most powerful of the UN’s main organs. The Security  Council consists of 15 Members overall, each of which has one vote. Five of them are so-called Permanent Members, while the remaining ten are elected for individual two-year terms by the General Assembly. 

 

The Security Council can only take action when a majority of its Members, including all five Permanent Members, are in agreement. Participants of the Security Council will have to work together to maintain international peace and security and seek solutions to conflicts that have increasingly regional and global impact, and search for some inspiration in the conflicts of the past.

Find out more: https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/

UNSC

United Nations Security Council

 
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CRISIS

CRISIS

Recommended level

Recommended for advanced MUNers.

Platform

In-person committee

Topic

Topic: Conflicts Beyond the Far Eastern Horizon: The Chinese Warlords Era - A Fictional Historic Crisis

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What is Crisis?

Crisis is a committee in which a delegate represents a character from a country or the country itself. It's stimulates a real life crisis situation, mostly based on reality that the delegates need to try and resolve. It is a highly interactive committee in which each delegate can have an impact on the outcome and each decision can lead to unprecedented events. Our crisis will be a single cabinet crisis. 

 

More information will be shared once the topics are known.

 

Newswire

Act as the conference's journalist and report on the various developments within each committee. Find new and interesting ways to deliver and report on the news, stretch your creative muscles by joining the Newswire.

Recommended level

Suitable for MUNers of any level. Though please note this is not a normal committee, if this is your first conference joining a normal committee is more suitable to access the full MUN experience.

What is the Newswire?

The newswire consists of 6 Journalists and 1 editor in chief. Each Journalist will be responsible for reporting on the developments within a committee keeping all delegates up to date. The editor in chief is responsible for coordinating the overall operation.

As a participant of the newswire you must find new and interesting ways to deliver the news to the public. In our digitized age the possibilities are endless giving you a real opportunity to get creative and to practice your journalistic skills.

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