Letter from our Director-General

Dear delegates,

Welcome to ConMUN’s inaugural conference! I have the wonderful pleasure to introduce to you the theme of this conference: freedom of speech. To highlight this theme, we are introducing some amazing committees. From the United Nations General Assembly on the duties and rights of journalism, to the National Football League, to the adventures of Edmond Dantès in the Count of Monte Cristo, delegates will be able to explore and understand the importance of this theme as a fundamental human right.

With the ConMUN 2019 fast approaching, I am overwhelmed with joy and excitement and I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in March!

Bakry Alsaieq
Director-General
Concordia Model United Nations 2019

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General Assemblies

For our inaugural conference, ConMUN is proud to announce that we will be hosting 2 unique General Assemblies. In order to maintain a proper balance between substantive debate and delegate participation, we have ranged the size of these committees between 70-80 delegates. Delegates can expect to balance diplomacy and tact in these forums of expression.

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UNGA: Special Session on the Duties and Rights of Journalism

With the rise of 'fake news' rhetoric and censorship, as well as journalists being thrown in jail cells around the world, hostilities towards the media are spreading from dictatorships to democracies. The growing threat towards press freedom and journalist rights has never been more apparent than in today's world. Thus, the UNGA has convened to find solutions for upholding Article 19 of the UNDHR!

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Organization of African Unity

The year is 1963, the newly christened Organization of African Unity has begun its massive undertaking of creating a prosperous future for all Africans. However, remedying the scars of colonialism and white minority rule, while working towards equal rights for all Africans and the promotion of peace and diplomacy in conflict resolution is not an easy feat. It will take tact, innovation and compromise in order to set Africa on the path of recovery.

Specialized Agencies

ConMUN’s Specialized Agencies (SA) rank among our mid-tier sized committees. As opposed to the broader based GA’s, our SA’s challenge delegates to delve more deeply into their topics through simulating smaller regional bodies. It should be kept in mind that our SA’s are likely to include crisis elements to help stimulate debate and challenge the critical thinking skills. Delegates can expect committee sizes to range between 30-50 delegates.

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In the Endzone: The National Football League

Divisions have emerged in all corners of the US. The unifying role sport once played in the country has declined. With players becoming increasingly politicized, owners suppressing players’ right to free speech and sponsors looking to capitalize on the public furor, it’s anyone’s guess where the future of the NFL will lead.

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Status Update: Social Media Trending

In the 21st century, social media defines the spirit of the times. While its benefits have been great, this technological era has not been without its challenges. Violation of privacy, rise of extremism and electoral interference have been a few of its misuses, it is now up to the leaders of the world’s largest social media platforms to guide the way for the future.

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Francisco Franco: La Conquista Para Todo

In the wake of ravenous political uprisings and coups throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, Spain is undergoing one of the most tumultuous periods in their recent history. However, one man stands to rise from the chaos and return order to his nation, regardless of the costs.

Crises

Last, but certainly not least, we are proud to present our selection of crisis committees for ConMUN 2019. These committees will challenge delegates to stay on their toes, as the everchanging landscape of politics sways with the wind. In the end, victory will reward those who are creative, persuasive and ambitious. Committee sizes will range between 15-20 to ensure each delegate has a specially catered experience that they’ll not soon forget.

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UNSC: Yemeni Crisis

“The world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster” has been one way the UN currently describes the state of Yemen. Embroiled in direct conflict since 2004, battles between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government have resulted in unparalleled destruction in the region. The involvement of neighboring countries have added fuel to the fire, costing the people of Yemen dearly. With over 3 million people displaced and 40,000 casualties, many in the international community ask, will the UNSC once again rest idle?

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American Civil Rights: Land of the Free?

In the early 1900’s, the US is the “home of the great” but hardly “the land of the free”. After centuries of racial inequality, segregation and marginalization, the time has come for change. The March on Selma was just the beginning and with an array of support throughout the country, the road to equality is underway!

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Joint Crisis: Glorious Revolution of 1688

Turn back the clock to the late 17th century, the Reformation has forever changed the landscape of monarchies in Europe. England is at risk, as its Catholic ruler, King James II, has begun passing policies of religious tolerance in an already divided nation. However, the final straw is drawn when his protestant daughter is displaced in the line of succession for James’ Catholic son James III. With an unruly population and a parliament that is constantly embroiled in conflict, the future of England looks anything but glorious.

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Le Comte De Monte Cristo (Bilingual French-English)

Amour, trahison, jalousie et vengeance – les quatre thèmes abordés par Alexandre Dumas dans Le Comte de Monte Cristo. Voici l’histoire d'un homme innocent qui a été mis en prison à tort, et sa brillante stratégie de vengeance contre ceux qui l'ont trahi. Dans ce comité, vivez ce crise en temps réel, comprenant son emprisonnement, sa fuite du Château d’If, ainsi que son ascension au Comte.