Gulf Cooperation Committee

GCC

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

UNSC

United Nations Security Council

The 2nd Continental Congress

Historical Crisis Committee

Newswire

This years theme for KULMUN2020:

When the forgotten lessons of the past become the issues of tomorrow

A letter from our Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General

Dear fellow MUNers!

We would like to warmly invite you to the 10th edition of KULMUN's annual MUN conference KULMUN2020!

In the light of changes in the international community and salient issues of the modern world we have chosen to guide the conference back in time, to reflect upon important historical decisions and solutions to set a better course for the future of international relations. 'When forgotten lessons of the past become the issues of tomorrow' is the theme which will guide our work through a week of lively debates, crazy social events and life changing experiences. Join us on our amazing journey and let Model United Nations become an important part of your life!

Sincerely,

Amanda Teršar and Yannick Van Bogaert.

(Click here to learn more about our Secretariat.)

Introduction

Take on this unique committee and tackle the complex and controversial issues of the Palestinian conflict, one of the most heated topics of the middle east.

Recommended level

Suitable for beginner level MUNers and above.

Topics

Topic 1: Revisiting the Quality Education SDG and the UNRWA Education Reform Strategy to create short-term goals to improve education for all refugee children.

Topic 2: Preventing, reversing, and mitigating the radicalization of refugee youth.

What is the UNRWA?

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established in 1949 and began its activities in 1950. It was established as a consequence of the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948 to carry out direct relief and works programs for Palestine refugees.

 

The agency is mainly funded by voluntary contributions of United Nations Member States. The services of the agency encompass education, relief and social services, health care, microfinance and emergency assistance and camp infrastructure. The agency does this both in times of armed conflict and in peace. Today there are still about 5.000.000 Palestine refugees which are eligible for UNRWA services. The agency is unique in terms of providing support to one specific group of refugees. Even though UNRWA has been doing a lot of good work, as long as the question revolving the creation of a Palestinian state is not resolved, UNRWA will have more work to do.

 

Introduction

Enter the fascinating world of counter terrorism, law enforcement and the drug trade.

Recommended level

Suitable for beginner level MUNers and above.

Topics

Topic 1: Corruption as a factor in wildlife and forest crimes

Topic 2: Access to legal aid in pretrial detention

What is the UNODC?

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a key player in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. the UNODC was established in 1997 and has since expanded its operations to all corners of the globe taking action both on the ground and in the parliaments of its member states.

 

All UNODC operations are based on three pillars: the first of these pillars is the aim to provide technical assistance to member states on the field to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. the second pillar is the aim to understand the dynamics of crime and terrorism through analytical research, helping to influence the policy of both its member states and the UNODC. Finally the office provides assistance to States in ratifying and implementing international treaties concerning these crimes.

 

Introduction

Engage in interesting debates surrounding one of the worlds most influential regions, the Gulf. With Iran threatening shipping in the Gulf and civil wars plaguing Syria and Oman, the Gulf states have a great deal of work ahead of them.

Recommended level

Suitable for Intermediate to advanced MUNers.

Topics

Topic 1: Qatari Diplomatic Crisis

Topic 2: Managing Oil Shocks and Long-term Supply Issues

What is the GCC?

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, known as the Gulf Cooperation Council is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf except Iraq. The purpose of the cooperation of the countries is to strengthen their economic cooperation, formulate similar regulations in various fields including financial affairs commerce, customs and communications, education and culture, social affairs, tourism and information sharing. 

 

This committee is recommended for intermediate muners and above. This rather small council offers the opportunity of in-depth negotiations one on one, the unlimited possibility to design foreign policy with a group of close allies and present a stronger actor in the international relations. Are you ready to take the challenge to become one of the most influential regions of the world, or will you fail miserably thanks to your individualistic approach?

GCC

Gulf Cooperation Committee

 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Introduction

NATO, the most influential military alliance in the world. With rising tensions between West Europe and Russia as well as heating relations between China and the United States in the South China Sea, NATO's importance has never been more apparent since the Cold War. 

Recommended level

Suitable for Intermediate to advanced MUNers.

Topics

Topic 1: The Role of NATO in the Western Balkans

Topic 2: Disinformation Wars - Propaganda Reinvented?

What is NATO?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was established in 1949 and is the most powerful intergovernmental military alliance in the world. The main aim of NATO is to safeguard the freedom and security of its 29 members through political and military means. All decisions in NATO are taken by consensus to assure the sovereignty of all its member states over their own armies. The core principle of NATO is collective defence which is depicted in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. 

 

Originally NATO was created to prevent Soviet expansion in the 20th Century and prevent the rise of nationalist militarism in Europe. Since then, NATO has reinvented itself and has started to focus on peacekeeping missions. Nonetheless, tensions between the West and Russia are becoming more and more the central in the agenda yet again.

 

Introduction

The United Nations Security Council is by far the UN's most powerful organ, responsible for dealing with the world's most pressing and complex issues. For those who want a real challenge, this is the committee for you.

Recommended level

Recommended for advanced MUNers.

Topics

Topic 1: Hong Kong Protests

Topic 2: Persian Gulf Crisis

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.

UNSC

United Nations Security Council

 

The 2nd Continental Congress

Historical Crisis Committee

Introduction

Partake in this very special committee simulating one of the most pivotal points in American history. To add to the challenge this will be a crisis committee meaning there will be live updates on the effects of delegates' decisions on the world making debates highly dynamic.

For more information on what a crisis committee is click here!

Recommended level

Recommended for advanced MUNers.

What is the 2nd Continental Congress?

It's war time!  

 

In the period of uncertainty leading up to the formal declaration of war, the Second Continental Congress attempted to pacify the British and declare allegiance to the Crown, while simultaneously asserting independence and engaging British forces in armed conflict.

 

When the Second Continental Congress convened in 1775, most delegates supported efforts to reconcile with George III of Great Britain. However, a small faction of delegates argued that war was inevitable.

 

Now it’s up to you to decide the course of history. Take the future of the American continent into your hands, pursue war or peace and decide the fate of the Thirteen Colonies: admit that you’re an illegal assembly of rebels and pledge allegiance to the Crown or declare independence and become the Founding Fathers of the United States.

 

Introduction

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.

Newswire

 
 

Introducing our crisis director:

Pawel Alexander Kupis

What is a crisis committee?

This year KULMUN2020 will have one crisis committee: "The 2nd Continental Congress". Here we will introduce what exactly a crisis committee is and what makes it different from a normal committee. If this is your first experience with an MUN we recommend you first apply for a normal committee (Unless the topic is very compelling to you). 

Crisis committees differ from normal committees as they feature a crisis director, who changes the landscape of the debate through news updates depending on decisions made by the delegates.

An Example

 

For example there may be a crisis committee on the recent Hong Kong protests, if a delegate representing the Hong Kong Police department  decides to use tear gas to disperse the crowds, the crisis director may update delegates stating that the protests have turned violent as a result of the use of tear gas. The delegates must continue the debate based on this new update. It goes without saying that this makes debates much more dynamic and challenging.

Crisis Director for KULMUN2020

The crisis director is responsible for coordinating the outcomes of the delegates' decisions.  Our crisis director for KULMUN2020 is Pawel Alexander Kupis, a student of International Relations, Political Sciences and Law. He is highly experienced, having attended many MUN's around the world. This experience and passion make him an excellent fit for the role of crisis director for KULMUN2020.