Model United Nations (MUN)
Applications are now open for the UCD Model UN delegation
Are you interested in debating at an international level? Have you ever wondered how the United Nations works? Looking for something that will make your CV stand out?
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations for university students. This year we are sending a delegation to the following conferences: Cambridge (2nd- 4th November), Harvard (14th -17th February) and the UN headquarters in New York (29th-31st March). You will get to meet thousands of other delegates from every corner of the world and debate real-life topical issues while improving your public speaking, communication and negotiation skills.
To apply send an email to email@example.com with an attached word doc answering the following questions:
- A relatively informed opinion, from the Irish perspective, on one of the topics below and how to resolve it through the UN. Circa 400-600 words
- A brief paragraph or two about what skills makes you an ideal candidate for MUN. Include any public speaking, previous MUN or related experience.
- Which conference you are interested in attending
We are in the process of organising sponsorship however delegates must be willing to cover the costs of the trip if funding cannot be secured. The trip should cost approx. €250 for Cambridge and €800 for Harvard and New York including flights and accommodation.
Deadline for applications: 5pm 28th September 2018.
Training commitment of about 1 hour per week for 5 weeks
Topic A: The Venezuelan Crisis
The Venezuelan Crisis is affecting all of Latin America. The standard of living in Venezuela has dropped drastically- there is no food in super markets, there is limited access to medicine, and Caracas has turned into one of the most dangerous cities in the world. All of this is causing thousands of people to flee from Venezuela in what is being called the largest migration of modern Latin America. Colombia has already received 600,000 Venezuelan refugees and is receiving more every day. Thousands of Venezuelans are also fleeing to other nearby countries like Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and other Caribbean Islands. Many of these countries are not prepared to receive such a large influx of refugees. There are many questions about how to solve the Venezuelan crisis and the consequences of what is taking place. First, how can member states of the OAS aid the humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Venezuela. How are member states planning to receive the large number of Venezuelan refugees? Should they open their borders? What policies are in place to receive refugees?
Topic B: The Economic Future of Green Energy Development
The signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016 by representatives of 196 parties raised hopes about the future of green energy development, yet, just two years after its signing, criticisms have persisted about its efficacy. Some note that even if all of the nationally determined contributions are met, global temperatures would still be expected to increase well beyond the two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels target that many had hoped. Additionally, they point out that the Green Climate Fund, which was founded under the UNFCCC and pre-dates the Paris Agreement, is likely to have trouble reaching its funding goals. Others criticize the role that the private sector plays in the fund and believe that the money will not be used in the most efficient manner possible. Many critics believe that further steps need to be taken to ensure that the increase in global temperature is held to the lowest level feasible.
What obligations do member states have in the promotion of green energy? Who bears the primary responsibility for changing the incentive structure –countries with the highest current emissions levels or those that have historically emitted the most? With these things in mind, you should think about how to best shape the incentives structure to limit increases of global temperature levels. Delegates will have to consider the current geopolitical climate and be cognizant of Ireland’s concerns about a shift in the centre of energy production.