Please find the UCUMUN Conference Programme below. The programme provides a good balance between debating, lobbying and writing resolutions on the one hand and fun activities –such as a cultural visit to the inner city of Utrecht and a party in the campus bar– on the other hand. Find out the schedule here
Security Council: The Question of ISIS
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levante (ISIL), as ISIS is more formally called, has been spreading fear and uncertainty not only in its immediate field of operation, the Middle East, but also abroad in nations that are miles and miles away. After watching multiple innocent journalists and aid workers getting beheaded and seeing the images of dozens of foreign fighters being executed, the international community decided that it was time to act. Following the lead of the United States, a coalition against ISIL was formed with the objective to combat, contain, and potentially destroy the groups by carrying out air strikes and training moderate rebel groups in Syria. Offering a balanced and realistic solution to this phenomenon will be one of the challenges for SC delegates.
UNEP: The Issue of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP’s)
Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP’s) in the atmosphere are responsible for a substantial fraction of current global warming. SLCP’s are responsible for lower air quality, thus affecting human health as well as lower crop yields and increasing the global temperature. Much like Carbon Dioxide, CO2, SLCPs contribute to a global problem concerning the environment.The Issue of SLCP’s can be defined as reducing SLCP’s. SLCP’s are responsible for as much as one third of the greenhouse forcing, including all the negative impacts. The exact definition of SLCP’s can be found below, but because SLCP’s stay in the atmosphere relatively short, eliminating them can have very positive and short-term impacts. Mitigation and reduction is necessary in order to reduce global warming.The atmosphere is not bound by national borders. The mitigation of SLCP’s cannot only take place at specific states. Geographically seen the urban areas and the arctic suffer from the biggest impacts. To solve this issue, governments, companies and individuals must act together to ensure global reduction.The term SLCPs is relatively new and includes several substances while excluding carbon dioxide. Delegates in the UNEP will discuss long term solutions to tackle this issue.
UCUMUN Research Report for United Nations Environment Programme can be found here: ResearchReportUCUMUNUNEP2015
General Assembly: Development and Global Implementation of Sustainable Energy Policies
Energy is something today’s society cannot live without, it is a necessary part of our existence. Until 30 years ago, energy sustainability was thought of in terms of availability relative to the use, but today this is not sufficient. There is a need of energy resources that are ably to supply the world’s needs, but do not cause environmental detriment. These are currently available, and ethical principles are increasingly likely to influence energy policies in many countries. This mostly concerns the increased global warming, but other aspects are also very important. Think of environmental effects, the question of waste, safety, etc. Think about the energy policy our future generations will have to deal with. Nuclear energy is something undoubtedly connected to energy, and there are great discussions currently held whether or not nuclear energy can have positive effects on sustainable energy. Geopolitical questions of energy security are raised to the assessment of sustainability for individual countries, also keeping in mind the affordability of the electricity that is produced.Sustainable development criteria have been pushed into the front line of energy policy. In the light of concerns about climate change due to apparent human enhancement of the enhanced greenhouse effect, there is growing concern about how we address energy needs on a sustainable basis. Delegates of the GA will discuss and will aim find feasible policies that can encompass all nations of the world.
UCUMUN Research Report for the General Assembly can be found here:ResearchReportUCUMUNGA2015
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):Issue of intellectual property that can aid the development of sustainability
Intellectual property rights have become commonplace since the end of the 20th century. Although not tangible, intellectual rights do possess economic value. According to the WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, intellectual property rights are essential to maintaining economic growth for the following two reasons: One is to give statutory expression to the moral and economic rights of creators in their creations and the rights of the public in access to those creations. The second is to promote, as a deliberate act of Government policy, creativity and the dissemination and application of its results and to encourage fair-trading that would contribute to economic and social development. (WIPO, 2004)From the importance of intellectual property rights follow many challenges. Since intellectual property rights are not tangible, and many of them not secret either, their economic value relies heavily upon the rule of law. Now that our world has become more interconnected and we can speak of a global marketplace, intellectual property rights have become an important international affair, strongly related to international law and cooperation.This committed will focus on intellectual property rights that can aid the development of sustainability.
UCUMUN Research Report for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) can be found here:UCUMUNResearchReportUNCTAD2015
The issues that will be discussed at the UCUMUN 2015 conference have been finalized here they are as follows:
Dear potential participants and esteemed guests,
As this year’s organizational team, it is our greatest pleasure to welcome you to the annual University College Utrecht Model United Nations conference. Last year’s edition attracted students from all over the world and ended up being a diplomatically successful and enormously fun weekend for everyone involved. This year we can only hope that our conference with a theme Power and Sustainability will turn out to be just as great. Needless to say we will try to amaze our participants with inspiring keynote speakers, interesting issues, a taste of Dutch culture and more!
We very much look forward to meeting you all in February next year.
The UCUMUN 2015 Organizational Team
Welcome to the website of University College Utrecht Model United Nations. The upcoming conference will be held on 6th, 7th and 8th February 2015 at University College Utrecht in the Netherlands. The conference theme is : “Power and Sustainability,”. We look forward to welcoming students from all across the world for a weekend of fruitful debate along with interesting speakers and great social opportunities in our lovely city of Utrecht. More information will follow soon!