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“United we shall stand”
Distinguished Advisor, honorable Chairs, fellow Delegates
My name is Matteo Anela and it is with great honor, as your Secretary General, that I welcome you to the 2019 international cooperation, which will occur on the 14th, 15th and 16th of March.
In the past, I performed the role of the delegate of several countries, an activity that helped me understand better and better how the UN works, how countries of thoroughly different opinions discuss and how they, eventually, come up with resolutions. It is, therefore, a real pleasure for me to be involved in all of this once again. I hope this experience will help you likewise, but most of all I hope you will enjoy it in all its challenges. In fact, a brand- new conference is about to take place, carrying along just as new issues that stress important aspects of our current society, but I sincerely believe that you are fully prepared to face them.
During the MUN you will become more aware of what is happening all over the world around you. Moreover, you will learn how to use this new knowledge both for the conference and your own personal education. Furthermore, the fact that you will be working with people from different countries is not to underestimate, as it is an example, although small, of real international cooperation.
With that said, here are the topics that Nations are struggling with today and that need a solution:
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) will address the following matter:
Nowadays millions of children around the world are stuck in an unacceptable and widespread phenomenon known as child labour. Child labour leads to several conditions such as slavery, child soldiering, sexual exploitation and illicit activities, including drug trafficking. As a consequence, all of these children are deprived of their childhood, education and health. How can UN deal with the problem of child labour and protect the rights of children?
The Human Rights Committee (HRC) will answer the question:
What can the UN do to ensure transparency in the apparel industry? Protecting the rights of workers throughout supply chains and guaranteeing labour law compliance in factories.
The Political Committee (PC) this year is asked to cope with competition in terms of space control: We live in an age of space discovery. The cosmos holds a lot of potential, but in this new unknown expanse we shouldn’t create an opportunity for the mighty to rule over the weakened.
How can governments prevent the creation of an unjust system of outer space control?
And finally, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will deal with the question:
What actions can governments take to equalize everyone regarding education?
As the conference unfolds, my advice is to not be intimidated to support your country’s politics and actions, because this is a delegate’s job. But, at the same time, do not allow them to prevent the country itself and others from agreeing for a global improvement. Witnessing the birth of a new resolution is a unique experience, and the chance to be part of it is even more unparalleled. Those who join the MUN for the first time will find out why the “older” ones kept on doing it year after year and they will, hopefully, take their place.
I would like to end by reporting these following verses that can sum up the meaning of this huge collaboration:
“Sounds the call to come together and united we shall stand. Let us live and strive for freedom in […] our land”
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the fifteenth edition of PuszMun. My name is Paola Marongiu and together with my colleague and co-chair Laura Chironi, we will moderate your discussions concerning the problem of child labour.
The topic we will be discussing should be very close to us, as it is about the rights of children. Millions of children nowadays are deprived of their education and health, since their very first childhood and condemned to a life of poverty. Basing on the last UNICEF data, 168 millions of children between 5 and 17 years are forced to child labour. what can we do to protect their rights?
As Unicef Committee, what we have to do is looking for solutions to this problem, just relying on our competences. My only advice is to think clearly about the problem and to focus in which are the situations in your different countries. You should be open-minded and full of ideas. You will have three days to debate and share your opinions with your fellow delegates; three days of hard working, that can make a change.
I hope we will make a great job together, based on cooperation and most of all on creativity. Good luck Delegates, and see you on March 2019.
ECOSOC: What actions can governments take to equalize everyone regarding education?
On behalf of the ECOSOC committee, I welcome you to PuszMUN 2019, the fifteenth edition! I am Przemysław Pietrzak and together with my colleague, we shall chair your discussion regarding the question of actions that governments can take to equalize everyone regarding education.
The topic we will be discussing is not easy. The resolution should be universal to concern all kinds of education, including higher education, around the world, regardless of region or culture. We should also have in mind, that equality, quality regarding education can have many aspects, such as sex discrimination, accessibility, quality etc. Inequality can have various reasons, with which we can fight. As Economic and Social Committee we should identify only these aspects which lie within our competences. As you can read in Rules of Procedure „in this committee delegates debate on financial matters, such as the current global economic situation, battling unemployment, post-war changes in the economy”. That means the discussion should concern financial matters, for example underfunding of education, financial support for students, scholarships, tuition waivers etc. For ensuring of the effectiveness of resolution short-term and long-term solutions should be introduced.
All we can do now is get ourselves to work and encourage you to start your research and give you some pieces of advice. First, think of the problem, imagine an ideal situation and then work on the best way to meet your goal. Stick to your opinions but remember to be open-minded. Do not come here with empty heads and do not make writing your resolutions a last-minute thing. You will have, only or even, three days to share your knowledge and ideas with your fellow delegates. It is three days to debate, three days to make a change, three days that can not go to waste. I hope we will all work hard and let your solutions grow in the field of cooperation, fruitful discussions and creativity. Good luck Delegates, and see you in March 2019!
Political Committee: How can the governments prevent the creation of an unjust system of outer space control?
It’s been over sixty years since dreams of exploring outer space began to come true. The first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in October of 1957. With everything that followed, the Space Race, first human spaceflight, the Moon landing, we can with no doubt state, that we live in the age of cosmos inspection. All the fantasies about leaving the Earth to discover the world beyond our planet are now available for fulfillment. Although, what we must focus on, is how to keep the space cooperation available and fair for everyone?
The topic of space cooperation began with the merged mission of American-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission, containing astronauts from both countries organizations. The Space Race was officially over, but outer space partnership was to begin. Initially, only two lands, USSR and USA, were taking part in galaxy programs, but, as the technology improved, over sixty more countries created their own Space Organizations, therefore joining the forces of space cooperation.
Now, more than ever, we need to focus on unity and righteousness. As we proceed to enter the depths of cosmos, we mustn’t allow injustice to follow. The peace on earth should spread on its orbit and outside of it as well. After achieving a dream of conquering space, we must create another fantasy: an idea of orbital collaboration that would be safe and non-discriminating for all, making the outer space an equal territory.
The world isn’t going to help you, dear delegates. The all-powerful desire to rule over the weak and if it weren’t for you, there is no one to stop them. I won’t give you clear directions or obvious choices and despite the difficulty of the given topic, I believe in you and your ideas.
My name is Maciej Cymbrykiewicz, chair of the Political Committee, and I’d like to welcome you to PUSZMUN 2019. I honestly can’t wait to meet you all and watch, as we, together, help the universe.
As the quote from one extremely popular movie franchise where space plays an important role says: “May the force be with you”.
HRC: What can the UN do to ensure transparency in the apparel industry?
Protecting the rights of workers throughout supply chains and guaranteeing labor law compliance in factories.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the upcoming PuszMUN 2019. My name is Maciej Kisielewicz and together with my co-chair Jan Nowakowski we will be moderating your discussions regarding the apparel industry.
The topic at hand should be very close to our hearts, after all, it is about the people who make things we wear every day. Workers who sew our clothes are respectable human beings and should be treated as such, and the problem is, that is not always the case. The discrimination in workplaces stresses workers into suicide and such. What you must seek during those three days of PuszMUN is solutions to those problems. The situation now is that we know how big of an impact our clothing has on people, it is a $2,5600 trillion industry. How much, though, do we really about the process during which our clothes are made? What are they really made of? Who are the suppliers of these raw materials? Is a “made in China” tag enough? This is why we need transparency in the apparel industry, the XXI century slave may just be a factory worker.
What I think we should be focusing on is improving their workplace environment, we can do that by strengthening the existing laws and creating new ones; imposing stricter penalties; doing unannounced check-ups on factories. There is an arsenal of ways to deal with the problem of transparency in the apparel industry, and it is your duty to choose a way that fits your country policy the best.
I wish you all the best in the quest of writing your resolutions. I hope you will work hard to make the MUN an enjoyable experience. I count on your creativity.
Q: What is special in this year’s PuszMUN edition?
EO: It’s hard to say that this particular edition is special, because each of them brings something new and extraordinary- both because of the topics and people that come to PuszMUN every year.
Q: What moment in the history of PuszMUN is the most memorable for you?
EO: I have been organizing PuszMUN for 10 years, so there are a lot of moments that I will remember for a long time. But the most memorable for me is the first edition, because it was something new for me.
Q: Why is it worth to take part in PuszMUN for you?
EO: This question I could answer primarily as an English teacher. I’m always happy when participants talk about breaking the language barrier. PuszMUN also gives the opportunity to meet new people, not only from our country. Taking part in the debates gives possibility to learn how to discuss controversial topics in a peaceful manner, to listen to another person and also enables to presentM your point of view in the way that doesn’t offend anybody.
For the 14th time students from I Liceum Ogólnokształące in Gorzów Wielkopolski and their guests gathered to discuss the problems of our times. This year on PuszMUN – Puszkin Model of United Nations – we welcomed delegations from Italy and Sweden. Over 150 delegates representing 46 countries take part in the deliberations. They are divided into four committiees: Human Rights Committee, Eco-Soc Committee, UNEP and Security Council.
“This year we are discussing the problems regarding migration and the integration of migrants, which has been present for a long time.” – explains Maciej Cymberkiewicz, the Co-Chair of Eco-Soc Committe. “One of the topics is the problem of discrimination on religious, gender and sexual orientation backgrounds. Debates will also concern the dangers regarding the existance of nuclear weapons.” The Opening Ceremony was held in the Gorzów Philharmonic. The floor was taken by Ewa Szmit, the Headmistress of I LO, as well as dr. Aleksandra Szczerba- Zawada, Ph.D. in law, and Marvin Mussall- the Secretary General. Later the participants could see and hear the musical performance of Aleksandra Bekierska and Aleksander Kaczmarek. Afterwards, the topics were presented to delegates by the Committees’ chairs. After a short break each delegation gave their opening speech. In the afternoon the debates have begun.
“Taking part in events like PuszMUN enables you to get to know people’s opinions, understand the problems of the modern world better and explore the cultures of different countries”- says Nur Rawashdeh, delegate from Italy.
this year’s conference is approaching and with that in mind we bring you our chairs’ welcome letters. We hope you are as excited for PuszMUN 2018 as we are and we wish you all the best for your preparation for the event. See you there!