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 joint crisis committee, a traditional crisis committee, two specialized committees, and one general assembly. These committees cover a wide range of topics, from classical Greek literature to international human rights. 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 February 27th for opening ceremonies!
Nikesh Mehta-Spooner and Mateo Larrazabal
GREEKS AT THE GATES: THE ILLIAD
Joint Crisis Committee
Of the wrath of Achilles, O Muses let tell. Helen the beautiful, wife of Menelaus, King of the Spartans, has been taken. Raptured away by the will of Ares, and to prince Paris given, she lays now behind the impregnable walls of Troy. Greeks, shall ye heed the given oath? Trojans shall ye protect what is god-given yours? Knowledge of the future is beyond the purview of mere mortals, but as fates spin their yarns and men sharpen swords, an epic awaits. Of the birth of empires, the death of heroes and the wrath of gods, in honor, blood and lust O Muses let us tell.
COLLAPSE IN THE NORTH: THE DEATH OF KIM JONG UN AND THE REUNIFICATION OF KOREA
On February 28th, 2022, sources for the New York Times leaked photos confirming the rumours: Kim Jong Un is dead, and this time, for real. While the cause of the North Korean dictator's passing is yet to be determined, its effects have been immediate: the total collapse of the communist party regime and the nation's political power has degenerated into factional infighting. The country, ravaged by an economic crisis and social unrest, faces an unrivalled humanitarian crisis. North Korea is stateless, with regional powers vying for control. Moreover, nuclear and ballistic stockpiles are in unknown hands. The country’s future remains unwritten.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) is a legal document protecting peoples' fundamental rights. While the Declaration was a significant social, political, and legal advancement, its articles are outdated in the 21st century. In an increasingly globalized world, it is critical diplomats, legal scholars, and heads-of-state work collaboratively to reframe the international community's understanding of human rights. As political, economic, and public health crises emerge today, human rights play a significant role in international relations. Further, technology is redefining how humans interact and communicate. Nevertheless, several people lack access to such technologies. How can the United Nations react to the evolving international order? Simply put, human rights’ parameters need to adapt to changing socio-economic conditions to remain effective.
SDG 13: IOM PREPARING FOR CLIMATE MIGRATION
Were it not for the Lega posters plastering billboards and garden walls, on a warm summer's day, the stunning white-sand beaches and crystal-clear coves of a southern Sicilian beach almost hide the terrifying reality that the inviting wavelets of the Mediterranean have earned the inglorious title of world's deadliest sea crossing. Hundreds of thousands crossed after the Arab spring of 2011, almost causing the collapse of an unprepared European Union. Millions are expected to be forced from home and country as climate change devastates coastal and low-lying areas worldwide. What may be a humanitarian crisis worse than the second world war looms ahead. Will nations create a solution to meet this grand challenge?
CAMP DAVID II
Recognition, Self-Determination, Reconciliation. Israelis and Palestinians share a homeland and a future. Building its bases cannot wait any longer. The Trump presidency inflamed tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; domestic political interests were placed ahead of America's duty to secure peace. The date is 2022, and the Biden administration has called a new conference at Camp David. Rockets and settlements may mire the air and the debate, but both Jewish and Muslim populations need a solution.