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Committees and topics

Get to know the committees in which you can participate and the topics we have chosen.

In the United Nations General Assembly every nation has equal representation. The GA makes recommendations in the form of resolutions about peace, security and many other important issues. This committee is the perfect first introduction for first time participant, but it’s also the ideal committee for more experienced participants to show their skills and set an example for the first time participants.

The GA has been assigned the challenge to negotiate about: Reassessing the Atomic Age: Convention on Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear Disarmament. The delegates will have to make an evaluation and assessment about nuclear weapon in the 21st century. The debate concerning nuclear weapons is becoming more relevant every day. On one side nuclear weapons of known nuclear states are being disarmed. But on the other side there is also an increased interest in nuclear weapons of less powerful states and even non-state actors. So what answer do we formulate to this contrasting phenomenon?

Country suggestions:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Italy, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, State of Palestine, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vietnam, Yemen

The participants of our second classic, the European Council will bend their heads over two topics this year. In the real-life European Council head of states have the assignment to outline the EU’s political direction and its priorities. This committee is next to the General assembly, the ideal introduction to the MUN world.

The first topics: Pervasive Problems: countering modern slavery and forced labor in the EU.  As the EU is growing the economic scope of its endeavor evolves. Labor is an important aspect of this evolution and together with economic crises it is necessary to think about the negative aspects that it implies. To complete this first topic, the participants are assigned to negotiate about: Implementing Gender equality in the European Union; institutions and society. We have come a long way since the first wave of woman emancipation. But this debate is still relevant today, because the situation still isn’t what it should be.

This year we celebrate our 5th anniversary we thought it would be appropriate to introduce two new committees to make it interesting for our participants.

Country suggestions:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

So our first newcomer is the World Trade Organization. This intergovernmental organization has the very important task of regulating international trade. In this committee we expect the participants to find a solution for: Greener Growth: how to combine International trade and multilateral environmental agreements. This is the great question of our age. How do we combine the needs of our international economies with the need to preserve our world so future generations can inhabit it.

Country suggestions:

Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

As the only UN body with the authority of imposing binding resolutions to member states, the Security Council holds a lot of power.

The participants of this committee will negotiate about The Security Impact of Cyber Warfare. Governments all over the world are becoming aware of the potential risk of cyberattacks and their expanding influence. So how do we coordinate this need for a new dimension of security internationally? The Security Council will also hold a crisis meeting, but this topic will be announced during a later period. This is to abide with the way the Security Council functions.

Country suggestions:

(PERMANENT MEMBERS) People’s Republic of China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States

(NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS) Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela

Practical information

Everything you need to know about our fifth edition.

AntwerpMUN 2017 will take place between 9 and 12 March 2017 (9:00 - 17:00), at the Hof van Liere, Stadscampus of the University of Antwerp. On Sunday (10:00 - 17:00), committees will convene on locations in the heart of Antwerp to be announced later.

On Wednesday evening (March 8), we will host an introduction program for delegates to get acquainted with each other.

We will start accepting chair applications from Monday October 17 onward. We would love to receive your application! Detailed information on the procedure will appear on our website.
From Monday, November 14, you will be able to apply for our 2017 conference. We will only be accepting applications until Friday, December 23rd, so make sure yours is included.

You will be expected to list your preference for the committee and subject you are most interested. You can find the committees and subjects we offer in the section above. After your selection, you will need to list a top 3 of countries you would like to represent. A selection of nations we would like to see represented by a delegate, as they have the most interests in a certain subject or have been/are still vocal on a subject, is also included in the section above.

You will need to motivate your picks via a short written text on the application form.

Early birds will get the best price for our simulation. For Members, the four-day simulation will cost €60, for Non-members, it is €65. This includes lunches and a day and evening program (including social activities in the evening). Prices for later application waves will be announced later.
We will process your application as quickly as we can. As our application period runs until December 23rd, we will not be able to confirm before that day. You will receive a confirmation of committee over the course of the Christmas Holiday.
If you successfully applied for AntwerpMUN 2017, you will receive the nation you have been assigned on Monday January 9, 2017. You will receive more information on the content and deadline of your position paper as well.
Every delegate of AntwerpMUN is expected to hand in a position paper in February of 2017 (exact deadline to be announced). In a position paper, you outline your countries position on the topic of the committee you are going to debate. You will refer to statements and official documents made by your country, and also outline potential debating strategies to fully realize your countries interest in the committee, who your potential friends/enemies are, etc. The best position paper will be awarded a Prize on the last day of the simulation.
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