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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 50-60 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 25-35 delegates.

 
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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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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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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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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.

 

Awards Policy

 
 

ConMUN’s ultimate goal for all attending delegates is that they are able to gain meaningful relationships, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation for the problem’s our international community has and will continue to face. Our hope is that attending delegates will take the problem solving and collaboration techniques they implemented at our conference and apply them to their everyday lives going forward. ConMUN feels strongly that awards should not be the sole focus of our conference, however, it does believe that select delegates from each committee who have gone above and beyond to tackle their respective topics should be rewarded for their dedication and commitment to the issues at hand. That being said, ConMUN will award the following awards:

  • General Assemblies and Specialized Agencies:

    • Honorable Mention

    • Book Award

    • Outstanding Delegate

    • Best Delegate

  • Crisis Committees:

    • Book Award

    • Outstanding Delegate

    • Best Delegate

ConMun reiterates that our awards are given out purely based on the committee’s respective staff and their judgement of their delegate’s performance over the course of the weekend. Some of the criteria they will use to make these difficult decisions are as follows:

  • The delegate must have attended all committee sessions

  • The delegate must have submitted on time and a quality position paper (for GA’s and SA’s)

  • The delegate must have actively participated in all aspects of committee: debating, active participation in working papers, resolutions, and amendments

  • The delegate must have contributed new and visionary ideas to all forms of committee

  • The delegate exhibits the ability to engage with others at a high diplomatic level

  • The delegate maintained their country or character’s foreign policy throughout the entirety of the conference

  • The delegate exhibited a high level of knowledge and research on the committee’s respective topic

ConMUN will also award respective schools in the form of delegation awards. There are two delegation awards: Best Small Delegation and Best Large Delegation. These awards will be allocated based on the delegation’s collective ability to demonstrate the above qualities throughout all its attending delegate’s performances.  In determining these delegation awards, ConMUN will take into account the number of individual awards won by a delegation as well as the ratio of awards won to the size of the delegation.

 
 
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Position Paper Guidelines

 
 

As our conference approaches at the beginning of March, we are anticipating a great level of debate and collaboration from all attending delegates. That being said, there is a great deal of preparation and research that goes into facilitating a fruitful debate and a stimulating experience for all in attendance. Delegates participating in any of our General Assemblies and Specialized Agencies are required to submit a position paper to their respective committees. Please note that delegates in Crisis committees do not have to submit a position paper.

 

In order to be eligible for an award, delegates must have submitted their position papers on time by Thursday, March 7th, 11:59 pm, to the emails found on their committees page on the ConMUN website.

 

Below are the rules and guidelines that must be followed when writing and submitting position papers:

 

Formatting

●       All position papers should be organized the same through the following:

○       Should be written in 12 point font, single-spaces, and using Times New Roman

○       The upper left hand of the document should identify:

■       Your country/character position

■       Your respective committee

■       Your committee’s topic(s)

○       All position papers and their subsequent citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (footnotes), 16th edition. No other form of citing will be accepted.

Content

●       The length of your position paper will be subject to the number of topics that are presented in your respective committees. However, in order to ensure proper research was conducted for each topic, ConMUN expects approximately one page per topic.

●       Should you have a character instead of a country as your assigned position, your position paper should be written in the first person.

●       Delegate’s position papers should introduce the topic in context of their country or character, and it should provide an overview for the how the respective policy issue at hand has developed.

●       Delegates should briefly state their  country or character’s  stance on the topics presented, while following the set requested dates and procedures for their respective committee.

●       Please include the name of the delegate and their University or College. Please maintain consistency with fonts and margins. We ask that delegates do not include any illustrations or diagrams.

●       Citations are of the utmost importance. Delegates should use footnotes and include a bibliography using the Chicago style of citing.

 

Submissions

●       Please submit all position papers to the respective committee email found on the committee’s website. Do not hesitate to email further questions prior to submission and the conference itself. Please respect the due date, and keep in mind position papers cannot include plagiarism or faulty information.

●        If not submitted, the delegate cannot be considered for an award.

 

 

 

 
 
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