LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL
The secretariat at Western Model United Nations is thrilled to host the annual external WESMUN conference. Since 1997, Western Model UN has provided quality conferences to delegations across Canada. Through rigorous debate, intense negotiations, and innovative teamwork, students leave WESMUN a stronger, well-informed delegate.
The secretariat is working diligently to present delegates with an engaging and memorable MUN experience. This year, WESMUN plans to host a traditional crisis committee, two specialized committees, and two general assemblies. These committees cover a wide range of topics, from the South China Sea Crisis to genetic modification. This two-day event represents the breadth of MUN experience WESMUN has developed in its twenty-four-year history.
Despite a global pandemic, WESMUN 2021 will bring together like-minded university students and, in the process, foster lasting friendships. Although the virtual environment can feel isolating, WESMUN provides an opportunity to expand your network. Indeed, WESMUN 2021 will contribute to a lasting legacy of academic and professional excellence at Western University.
We look forward to greeting you on October 23rd for opening ceremonies!
Mateo Larrazabal and Amina Khan, Secretary General and Director General
Saturday, October 23rd:
11:30am - 11:55am ~ Discord Training
12:00pm - 12:15pm ~ Opening Ceremonies
12:30pm - 2:30pm ~ First Committee Session
2:30pm - 3:00 pm ~ Break
3:00pm - 5:00 pm ~ Second Committee Session
5:00pm - 5:30 pm ~ Feedback Sessions
Sunday, October 24th
12:00pm - 2:00pm ~ Third Committee Session
2:00pm - 2:30pm ~ Break
2:30pm - 4:30pm ~ Fourth Committee Session
4:30pm - 5:00pm ~ Second Feedback Session
5:00pm - 5:30pm ~ Closing Ceremonies
TURNING THE TIDE: THE ALLIED EFFORT IN THE PACIFIC
It is December 8th, 1941. The United States is reeling from a coordinated Japanese attack on American possessions in the Pacific. The naval fleet in Hawaii is decimated following the attacks on Pearl Harbour. While America has finally entered the war, it is temporarily weakened and the Imperial Army is now free to send its all-conquering army to Malaya, Indonesia, and other Allied territories in search of precious raw materials to supply the Japanese war machine. With the Allies on the back foot, the very fate of the war hangs in the balance. Can the Allies put their personal interests aside and rally to avoid being overrun by the ruthless Japanese army? Only time will tell.
Humanity continues to advance its knowledge and understanding of genetic modification. This has led to growing calls for restraint and regulation of current efforts. Genetic modification and gene therapy could serve as highly impactful medical treatments but also present several high-risk concerns. It is up to the WHO to step back and consider the uses of new technology, creating up-to date guidelines that minimize risk. Outside of this, the WHO has been wracked by criticism of the COVAX vaccine distribution system. Clearly, it failed to provide equitable access to the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine. The organization must deal with the questions that have come out of this crisis and strive to build a stronger framework that helps all member states the next time a pandemic hits.
The South China Sea is one of the most contested areas in the world. Approximately 22% of global trade passes through this region, making it an extremely lucrative region for economic development. China, along with four ASEAN countries have been locked in a diplomatic dispute over the rights to the islands, reefs, and resource reservoirs. Tensions have been growing in recent years due to Chinese aggression in militarizing the region and constructing artificial islands. Previous attempts to build peace in the region have failed, and with ever-growing tensions, it is imperative an agreement is found between the disputing parties.
STORMY WATERS: SPECIAL ASEAN SUMMIT ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE
Kamala Harris' ascension to the vice-presidency was hailed as a victory for American women, as a woman now occupied one of the most important positions in the US government. Nevertheless, women have struggled to break into politics and progress continues at a frustratingly slow pace worldwide. Women are hamstrung by the high cost of campaigning, gender-based violence in politics, and cultural norms that reinforce antiquated gender norms. Governments worldwide are missing out on the unique perspectives provided by female officials. Previous international declarations have failed to specify what women need to succeed and grow in government. Given this, the nations of the world are convening to craft a charter that demarcates the rights needed in order to elevate the voice of women worldwide.
SDG-5: GENDER EQUALITY IN POLITICS
WHO: THE FUTURE OF GENETIC MODIFICATION AND VACCINE EQUITY
At the turn of the 21st century, many intellectuals proclaimed that this century will be regarded as the "African century", wherein the continent will experience unforeseen peace, prosperity, and cultural revival. In 2013, the AU nations convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and signed Agenda 2063. This document is a set of initiatives that serve as a guiding plan to transform the continent over the next 50 years. However, reviews at various checkpoints have shown that progress has been uneven and stagnant in some areas. The member states of the AU are meeting once again to revise Agenda 2063 to ensure all nations of the continent enjoy long-lasting peace and prosperity.
WESMUN is using Discord to conduct the 2021 external conference. It is a secure platform that allows delegates, chairs, and conference staff to communicate information clearly in moderated and unmoderated caucuses.
We encourage delegates to download Discord on their Mac or PC. Delegates need a computer, microphone, and a Wi-Fi signal to operate Discord. The secretariat understands that delegates may be unfamiliar with Discord. In response to this concern, the secretary-general and director-general will provide pre-recorded, informational videos on the WESMUN website to inform delegates on how to operate Discord in the Model UN context. Further, there will be a live Discord training session on October 23rd before opening ceremonies at 11:30 am est. This session will include a brief question and answer period for delegates who
have concerns or questions before beginning the conference.
For the training session, opening ceremonies, and closing ceremonies, WESMUN will be using Zoom.Similar to Discord, delegates should download and update Zoom before the conference begins.
Western Model United Nations is excited to host this year’s virtual, external conference! If you
have any questions, please be sure to send us an email at email@example.com
If you do not have Discord installed on your computer, please click this link to download.
An invite to the server will be sent out to delegates closer to the date of the conference.