As the only UN body with the authority of imposing binding resolutions to member states, the Security Council holds a lot of power. The Council is composed of 15 members, of which 5 are permanent and the remaining 10 are non-permanent. Non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly. Other members of the UN, or even non-members, are allowed to participate in the UN Security Council, albeit without a vote. In this case, the UN arbitrates that the specific country is involved in a conflict or its interests are affected.
The subject for the UN Security Council of this year’s simulation week will be: ‘The issue of North Korea: how to deal with rogue states?’
North Korea has been the prominent rogue state of the world for decades. The secretive state barely takes part in international politics and considers itself an enemy of some of the most powerful nations. Despite its shrinking capabilities and isolation, North Korea can still generate tensions that can result in wars between the states of the UN. In other words, how can the members of the UN deal with this? Can a plan of approach be developed for the possible emergence of future rogue states?
The General Assembly of the United Nations is the only organ in which all Member States have equal representation. All 193 Member States of the United Nations come together in the General Assembly to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues, such as development, peace and security, international law and so on.
The subject central to the UN General Assembly this year will be: Prevention of natural hazards.
Natural disasters have plagued humanity for millennia. But there is no denying that in recent years it seems that they have increased in size and occurrence. These disasters do not only plague many members of the UN in a geographically, but also in a humanitarian and financial way. Most scientists pointed out the relation between these phenomena and global warming. This claim has to be taken seriously in the interest of the prosperity and durability of our planet. Therefore, it is still essential that the international community comes together and provide a plan of action for these natural disasters.
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
More info available at: http://www.un.org/en/ga/
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal of the 163 participating countries is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.
The subject that will be discussed in the World Trade Council this year will be: How can the benefits of trade be shared more widely among countries?
The world trade has flourished greatly in recent times. As citizens of the Western hemisphere, we can see and experience the many benefits of this increased trade volume. But what about the states in the less developed world parts? There’s no denying that these states are often exploited to support trade which, to a large extent, only benefits Western states. Isn’t it time to share the benefits of trade more fairly?
Country suggestions: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, European Union, Fiji, Finalnd, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (Republic of), Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao Peopl’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu.
More info available at: https://www.wto.org/index.htm.
The European Council represents the highest level of political cooperation between EU countries. It defines the EU's overall political direction and priorities and takes the form of summit meetings. The members of the European Council are the heads of state or government of the 27 EU member states, the European Council President and the President of the European Commission. The European Council mostly takes its decisions by consensus.
This year, the subject for the European Council will be: further defence integration.
The EU has experienced extensive economic, monetary, political, cultural, and social integration. But extensive integration has been lacking in the field of European defence. This lack of defence integration is peculiar considering the recent events and state of current world affairs. Could further European integration in the defence of the member states provide an answer to this issue or can the member states look after their own defence policies without supranational interference?
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
All info available at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/european-council/ .
AntwerpMUN 2018 will take place between 7 and 11 March 2018 (9:00 - 18:00), 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 7), we will host an introduction program for delegates to get acquainted with each other.
You will be expected to list your preference for the committee and subject you are most interested in. 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.