Meet the chairs
Please welcome your chairs for INOMUN 2019 !
UN women : Mariam abdulateef and zelda maumejean
No society can sustain peace, nor can it realise peace dividends, unless women are involved in making decisions on peace-making and post-dissension reconstruction and rehabilitation. From conflict prevention and resolution to reconciliation and economic recovery post-strife, women’s meaningful participation in peace processes increases the likelihood that an agreement will last longer than 15 years by as much as 35 percent.
Nevertheless, Participation is not about counting heads but about having an influence. About being recognized as a party to the peace. About making sure that women’s situations are taken into consideration when making plans for the economy, for the infrastructure, for the justice system. Meaningful partaking means that they are at the table when negotiations are taking place, their interests and lived experiences are fully reflected in peace transactions, and that they are equally considered in convalescence efforts in the aftermath.
Women’s participation in peacemaking and peacekeeping, considering the Platform of Action suggested by the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action aims to prioritize these issues on the global agenda. Their full and equal involvement at all levels of society is a fundamental human right. During times of conflict, women’s contribution in resolving conflict and negotiating peace is especially important to ensure that their rights are protected, experiences are recognized, and that peace lasts.
It’s up to you delegates to find solutions in order to give women a more active role in terms of participation in peacemaking and peacekeeping.
Historical council : lucie payen and mathilde hanoune
The aim of the Historical Council is to debate on topics of yesterday, to find solutions to the debates of tomorrow. This year, we will be debating on the Angolan Civil War.
After Angola gained independence from Portugal in 1974, a fight for power between the three main political parties began. The civil war lasted 27 years and caused half a million casualties.
In a climate of Cold War tensions, many countries across the world got involved. Some tried hard to put an end to this war, but others saw it as a way to promote their ideology.
It is now the beginning of 1992. Although a peace agreement has been signed, Angola is still under tension for the elections will take place in the next few months. At INOMUN 2019, you delegates will have to find solutions in order to maintain peace in Angola and prevent guerilla warfare and terrorism.
Make the past a better place so Angola can have peace !
unicef : Emma twedt and sorenza firringeri
The topic debated will be « Child soldiers and their role in the process of war in LDCs ». Thousands of children are serving as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world. These boys and girls, some as young as 8, may fight on the frontline, or act as spies or messengers. Girls may be forced into sexual slavery. Such traumatic events can disrupt children’s development, staying with them for the rest of their lives.
Some children choose to join a military organisation as a route of poverty, for protection, or as a way of making up for the loss of family or a lack of education. The recruitment of children by armed groups and forces remains one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time.
Establishing and enforcing 18 as the minimum age for recruitment is an essential first step, as well as allowing them to access to education. As Nelson Mandela said: “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built”. That’s why you delegates will have to find solutions to allow them to experience being a child!
unoda : JUlie descloitres and marie-lou
In the UNODA committee we'll be debating on the issue of the proliferation of weapons and especially weapons of mass destruction and on how to protect civilians against those weapons.
As you know weapons of mass destruction, and in particular nuclear weapons, have the worst consequences on the world.
Seventy years ago, ten of thousands of Japanese people were killed by the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and today, survivors are still suffering from physical and psychological repercussions.
So to prevent this from happening again, to find solutions to stop the spreading of weapons and to save the human kind, we need you delegates.
Are we really going to wait until Donald Trump presses his nuclear button?
Aim for peace, not at people
social humanitarian conflict : caroline renaux and esther babinet
This year, in our committee, you will have to discuss the ethical conflicts of the Rohingyas in Myanmar.
Rohingyas are the most persecuted population in the world. Indeed, they aren’t recognized by the Myanmar government as citizens. 800 000 rohingyas have fled Myanmar since august 2017. They are stateless.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, created by rebel Rohingyas, attacks police stations.
Myanmar’s military responds with clearance operations, burning down villages. You will have to debate on how to react to this ethnic cleansing and how to stop the genocide against them.
Please raise your placards,
Delegates, you have the floor.
ecosoc : evans racat and julie buisson
We are the chairs of the ECOSOC (Economic and Social) committee at the INOMUN conference 2019. The aim of this committee is to discuss the role of embargoes in tying political relations with economy and also to look for more equality concerning the distribution of resources.
Nowadays, as the international relations are more and more tensed and as modern weaponry never ceases to improve, it is urgent that, you, delegates, find solutions to avoid any direct armed conflict. Indeed, as time goes by, peacekeeping will require even greater efforts.
In today’s world, a large number of countries depend on global trade to function and prosper. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain functional economic relations between those different countries. Moreover, on a finer scale, economy is the basis of development. Hence, if a country manages wrongly its economy and its use of resources, tensions with its population will grow.
That’s why INOMUN is the place where you can express your opinion and be heard!
So don’t hesitate to come to the floor to defend your point, the world needs your help!
international security council : jade lemoine and giane marie
This year, in this committee, you will debate on the Kurdish-Turkish conflict but also its impact on the Middle East of today and of tomorrow
Indeed, the Middle east is one of the most tensed yet most promising regions in our current society and for the past 40 years, the transnational region of Kurdistan has been fighting for recognition as an independent state. The tensions with the Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian and particularly with the Turkish government have been exponentially growing, persecution has gotten worse and the armed conflict has been getting bloodier by the second.
This is why we will need you guys to find solutions to work towards long lasting peace in the tensed regions of the Middle East to solve this military, social and political crisis by fight fiercely for your country’s point of view.
INOMUN is growing, INOMUN is evolving, and so are your rights if you are a permanent country of the ISC. In fact, if you are representing one of the five permanent members of the ISC, among which we count the USA, the UK, China, France and Russia, you now have the right to veto a clause that you strictly disagree with.
The clock is ticking : as you are reading this, more than eight people are being killed in the aftermath of the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, which is of the utmost violence.
Delegates, you must be convincing, so please take the floor & defend your clauses
general assembly : eloise in’t groen and mia dubus
In the general assembly you delegates will have to debate on : How to work towards a long-lasting peace in conflict areas ?
Wars and conflicts have been and are still today, devastating people’s lives all around the globe. This is our time to address security, rights, beliefs, poverty and freedom.
Let’s draw a path leading to peace and reducing inequalities. Let’s prove that we can do great things. We are the future, we have the ability to dream beyond our current reality.
On the third day of the conference, you will be able to take the floor of the hemicycle in order to defend you country’s views and solutions regarding world peace.
Delegates we can change the world together. And now, it is your time to act.