The following are the committees for the MtAUN Conference.
General Assembly: Fast Fashion
Under capitalism, there is a pressure to consume the newest and trendiest clothing. Clothing is coming cheaper and faster than ever before. Clothing is made at a higher quantity with lower quality in order to ensure the consumer is buying new clothes as often as possible. The average consumer bought 60% more clothes in 2014, but kept each garment for half as long. The fashion industry has an extreme impact on the environment. For example, it takes 2 700 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt. This t-shirt will eventually find its way to a landfill where it can pollute groundwater and release high levels of methane. The background guide for General Assembly: Fast Fashion can be viewed here.
Delegates may request to represent any member state of the United Nations as their first, second and third choices!
ECOSOC: Social Media Cooperative for the Modern Era
Social Media is a global community, it’s where we share information and connect with our friends and family. What is posted, stored, and collected, however, is not always up to the users. In the Mount Allison Model UN Economic and Social Council committee, delegates will debate the role of the UN and government oversight in Social Media, and the extent to which it is or is not regulated. Delegates will focus on government regulation and monitoring of social media as well as an individual’s rights to social media accounts and expression. Additionally, the committee will discuss the accountability of Social Media corporations in the regulation of content, collection of information, regulation of users, and more. This committee will include crisis elements and will utilize Twitter during sessions in real time. The background guide for ECOSOC can be viewed here.
Delegates may request to represent any of the following countries on the ECOSOC Committee:
Canada, China, United States, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Germany, South Africa, Israel, Algeria, Japan, Iran, Turkey, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Norway, India, Pakistan, Palestine.
Crisis Simulation: UNSC Emergency Meeting on the DPRK
The UN Security Council convenes an Emergency Meeting to discuss what appears to be a collapse of the Kim regime’s control of the DPRK (North Korea). Information coming from within the country is limited and contradictory - reports claim Kim Jong-un is missing, ill or deceased. State media maintains he is alive and well. The only reliable information comes from Swedish diplomats on the ground in Pyongyang, who can confirm some sort of power struggle is afoot. Delegates will be responsible for approaching a dangerously volatile situation with limited information. As new information flows in, they must adapt their strategies and diplomacy to de-escalate the crisis. Nuclear conflict must be averted. The background guide for Crisis Simulation can be viewed here.
Delegates may request to represent any of the following countries on the UNSC:
Permanent 5: United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia
Non-permanent 10: Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, South Africa
Wayne Austin Hunt
Wayne Hunt is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University. He has been a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Senior Research Associate at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He believes that political figures have to stand for causes that are bigger than themselves. With this view in mind, he worked with Tom Axworthy, to organize and co-chair think tank sessions on New Liberalism. He has studied non-traditional ways to re-organize and re-energize politics and public life. This was the impulse behind a study he worked on about the use of media to act as a platform for community engagement in Russia. He brought together an international group of documentary film-makers, journalists, and academics to bring this project to a conclusion. He was the Principal Investigator and Head of this investigation. It was sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation in Russia and the Canadian International Development Agency in Canada. He has written widely on the topics of the community impact of new technologies, leadership, innovation and design, and public policy. His current research interests are in the ways in which Silicon Valley has fostered the rise of a new “Creative Class” of tech entrepreneurs. He also has a research interest in the geopolitical dimensions of what is called surveillance capitalism. Google/Alphabet’s bid to create a “smart city” in Toronto brings to the forefront many concerns about privacy that are raised by these larger technological forces.
|Friday, October 18|
|5:30 pm - 6:45 pm||Opening Ceremonies||Purdy Crawford Foyer|
|7:00 pm - 8:45 pm||Committee Session 1||General Assembly: AVDX 118|
|ECOSOC: AVDX 111|
|Crisis Committee: AVDX 116|
|9:00 pm - 10:30 pm||MtAUN Meet and Greet||Windsor Grand Room|
|Saturday, October 19|
|10:00 am - 12:00 pm||Committee Session 2||General Assembly: AVDX 118|
|ECOSOC: AVDX 111|
|Crisis Committee: AVDX 116|
|12:00 pm - 1:30 pm||Lunch|
|1:30 pm - 4:00 pm||Committee Session 3||See above for rooms|
|4:00 pm - 4:30 pm||Break|
|4:30 pm - 6:30 pm||Committee Session 4||See above for rooms|
|9:30 pm - 12:30 am||Party at the Pond||The Pond/Gracie's|
|Sunday, October 20|
|10:30 am - 12:00 pm||Closing Ceremonies||Purdy Crawford Foyer|
Rules of Procedure
For information regarding procedures during the MtAUN Conference, please refer to our Rules of Procedure document
Before the attending the first committee sessions on October 18, delegates are expected to prepare a short position paper describing their delegation/country. This will help inform delegates of issues to bring up during the conference, making the conference fun and exciting! Click here to download a position paper template.
The Delegates Handbook can be accessed via this link.
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