“GLOBAL POLARITY AND REGIONAL AMBITIONs”
As the impetus which drives global organisations becomes increasingly centered around internationalisation, other strong forces on the world stage gravitate towards a different direction. Regions across the world have found mechanisms through which they have been able to develop. The architectural framework of regional bodies has largely assisted these areas as they decrease their unemployment, while increasing investment and capital influx. Their efforts have pushed against the challenges of globalisation and given countless countries new multinational bodies on which to rely. However, the successful ambitions of these regions has led the most accredited international bodies to suffer as countries find their diplomatic efforts and national wallets distracted by the goals of their new found regional prospects. Nations now have to juggle between who to go to when political strife and injustices arise in their country, they are torn on how to find their security referent, and they are in the middle of various diplomatic mediators. Undoubtedly, this tension has served to contribute to an often unmentioned Global Polarity which plagues every issue the international order is facing. Most importantly, the international economy is now responsible for mitigating for these challenges and balancing different aims within one supposedly sound economic system.
This year at ManMUN 2019 we have restructured the committee list in order to give delegates and chairs an opportunity to unveil the realities which lie behind this inherent tension:
DISEC: Disarmament and International Security Committee
The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly responsible for disarmament and handling threats to global peace. Its scope extends to all matters within the UN Charter, and is responsible for handling threats by adhering to the principles of cooperation and unity. All 193 members of the United Nations can be a part of DISEC proceedings.
UN WOMEN: Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women is a UN Entity responsible for aiding Member States in designing, introducing and maintaining programmes to promote greater participation for women in parts of life. UN Women’s current work is primarily focused on eradicating violence against women and increased role of women in leadership.
Unlike the EU parliament which is composed of represented elected directly by EU citizens, the EU Council is comprised of European. It serves to define the EU's overall political direction and priorities. It is responsible for defining the EU policy agenda via its council conclusion which then dictate the direction of the Union. Its “strategic agenda” also establishes long term EU action. In past years the Council has played a central role in negotiating agreements with other parts of the world and determining the goals of the European Project.
ASEAN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten countries in Southeast Asia. It is responsible for promoting intergovernmental cooperation and facilitating economic, political, military, educational and sociocultural integration among its members and other Asian countries. It regularly engages with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. It also maintains a global network of alliances and dialogue partners and is considered by many as a global powerhouse. It’s members include Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Phillippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
au: african union
The African Union is a continental union consisting of 55 member nations on the African continent, with the exception of various European possessions in the region. Its main purpose is to promote economic development and cooperation in the region through its Member States and its citizens. Additionally, the AU also works to protect the soverignty of its Member States, promote and protect human rights, and promote sustainable development at the cultural, social and economic levels.
The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab States in and around North Africa, Arabia and the Horn of Africa. Its main goal is to draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries. It has served as a forum for the member states to coordinate their policy positions, to deliberate on matters of common concern, to settle some Arab disputes and to limit conflicts. The League has served as a platform for the drafting and conclusion of many landmark documents promoting economic integration.
UNSC: Security Council (DOUBLE Delegations)
The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the UN charges with ensuring international peace and security, accepting new members to the Untied Nations and approving any changes to its charter. Its powers include establishing peacekeeping operations and international sanctions as well as the authorization of military actions through resolutions. It is the only body of the UN with the authority to issue binding resolutions to Member States. It consists of 15 members, of which 5 are permanent and have veto powers (USA, UK, France, China, Russia).
IMF: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
The International Monetary Fund is an international organization consisting of 189 members working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. The IMF works to improve the economies of its Member States by gathering statistics, surveilling on its member’s economies, analysis and demanding specific policies from its members. The organization’s objectives, as stated in the Articles of Agreement include exchange rate stability and provision of resources to financially deprived members.
Crisis at ManMUN is a dynamic and fast-paced committee that consists of two cabinets working against the clock and against each other in a special setting. Delegates are assigned a character with overt and covert powers they can use to influence the events that unfold. The ultimate goal of crisis is to ensure that your character fulfills the covert tasks s/he is assigned, but also to ensure that the interests of the cabinet and well-protected. More information on this year’s crisis will be published closer to the conference weekend.