African union

Assembly of the African Union

UNCSTD

United Nations Committee on

Science and Technology for Development

UNSC

United Nations Security Council

Council of europe

Committee of Ministers

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

GCFUN

General Conference on the

Future of the United Nations

Newswire

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This years theme:

Saving multilateralism – or moving beyond?

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

Dear prospective Delegates and Journalists,

We warmly welcome you to the 11th edition of the KULMUN Conference. We invite you to join us in the cozy town of Leuven for a week of lively debates, inspiring encounters and enjoyable nights.

This year's conference will not only put a focus on current issues of international politics. We will also take a look at the bigger picture and deliberate on the reality of multilateralism in the 21st century. Not only the United Nations but also most other international organisations are confronted with the question: “Saving multilateralism, or moving beyond?”

In a world that turns more and more rapidly, new actors are emerging and old constellations are questioned. Therefore, the international community needs to reconsider its approaches to issues such as human rights, security, development and technology. It will be up to you, future Delegates, to take up the seats of world leaders and step up to this task.

We hope you are as excited as we are to meet in Leuven and take part in a conference meticulously organised by the wonderful executive board. For us, March cannot come soon enough.

Sincerely,

Jaqueline Wendel and Peter Pelzer

(Click here to learn more about our Secretariat.)

Introduction

As one of the largest political bodies of the African continent, make important and sustainable decisions that will influence the fate of the African continent

Recommended level

Suitable for beginner level MUNers and above.

Topics

To be announced

What is the African Union?

With its 55 Member States the African Union (AU) is one of the largest regional
organizations in the world representing over 1.25 billion people. Established in 2002, the AU has committed itself to a wide range of issues with the overall goal to create unity and solidarity amongst its Member States. The areas of action stretch from human rights over economic development and integration to promoting peace and security in Africa.


The Assembly of the AU stands at the core of the organization and brings together the heads of states and governments to define the priorities of the organization and monitor its work. It concerns itself with almost all areas of work of the African Union and has far reaching powers to act on behalf of and in cooperation with its Member States. The only exception are security matters, which are handled by the African Peace and Security Council.


The Assembly of the AU is as large and diverse as Africa itself. Delegates will take up an unfamiliar seat and perspective to discuss the future of cooperation on the African continent.

African union

Assembly of the African Union

 

Council of europe

Committee of Ministers

Introduction

As the European continent's leading human rights organisation, fight for democracy and the rule of Law.

Recommended level

Suitable for beginner level MUNers and above.

Topics

To Be Announced

What is the Council of Europe?

The aim of the Council of Europe is to uphold human rights, democracy, and the rule of law across Europe. Often times confused with EU institutions, the membership of this independent organization stretches beyond the borders of the 28 EU members coveringalmost all of Europe and parts of Asia.

Following its establishment in 1949 the Council adopted the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), which covers a broad range of individual human rights and political freedoms. The extensive scope of the Convention and its strong enforcement mechanism gives the Council of Europe a special place among other human rights organisations.


The Committee of Ministers is the main decision-making body of the Council of Europe. It is composed of representatives of all 47 Governments of the Member States. The Committee adopts recommendations and guidelines on questions of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. In particular, it monitors compliance with the ECHR. Observance of human rights and political freedoms in Europe is a topic sometimes overlooked.

 

In the Council of Europe, delegates will be able discuss the somewhat more subtle, but nonetheless pressing issue of how human rights are best ensured in mostly democratic societies.

 

Introduction

This subsidiary committee of the MUN classic ECOSOC committee gives delegates the opportunity to discuss long term and sustainable technological development goals.

Recommended level

Suitable for Intermediate to advanced MUNers.

Topics

To Be Announced

What is the UNCSTD?

The United Nations Commissions on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD) was established in 1992 with the purpose of reviewing current developments in the field of science and technology and to give recommendations and guidelines to the Member States. As a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the UNCSTD lays a special focus on ways of how science and technology can be used to further sustainable development.

 

The UNCSTD serves as a forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities that technological advancement, e.g. in big data, artificial intelligence, and biotech, brings about for the Member States. It supports the fair usage of these technologies to enable developing states to also make use of new discoveries. Additionally, the ethical implications of new technological and scientific discoveries are considered to make sure they are used in line with the principles of the UN as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


In UNCSTD delegates will be able to discuss how science and technology may improve our daily lives and make world as a whole more sustainable while also thinking about its risks and restrictions.

United Nations Committee on

Science and Technology for Development

UNCSTD

 

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

To Be Announced

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.

 

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

To be announced

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

 

General Conference on the

Future of the United Nations

GCFUN

Introduction

Partake in this unique committee where you decide what the future of the UN will be. Will the earth move closer to a united world government, or shall the UN be slowly but surely dismantled? Or maybe something in between? That is up to you to decide!

Recommended level

Recommended for advanced MUNers.

What is the Future General assembly

The United Nations were established in 1945, a time shaped by a war of a scale never seen before, with millions of people being killed. The organization's main objective was clear: never again would the international community let such an atrocity happen.


75 years later, the structure of the UN still reflects in many instances the world of 1945 which was forever institutionalized within its Charter. However, today the world is no longer dominated by a few world powers who face each other in wars between nations over
regional dominance. The reality of today challenges the international community with wars within states, transnational terrorism, an environmental crisis whose impacts are still widely unknown and new issues, which can only be solved together, coming up at an unprecedented speed.


Therefore, the UN General Assembly has decided to convene a General Conference under Article 109 of the UN Charter for the first time in the history of the organization. In this forum delegates will get the chance to change history and adapt some of the flaws of the UN which have become apparent over the decades.

 

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

 
 
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