Workshop #2: Structure of the International Community

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Published by Laura Martinčič on 8 November, 2016.

MUNSC members gathered at a workshop on the topic of the Structure of International Community. the workshop was conducted by Vid Tomić, MUNSC alumni member and also a co-founder of our club. The workshop took place on 7 November at the premises of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The workshop lasted for two hours and in those two hours members covered the basics of what constitutes the international community, got some information about the majority of bodies we usually simulate (and what are the pros and cons of each both in the real world and also at MUNs), and got a real schnellkurs in international law. The topics that were discussed at the workshop are the body of essential knowledge every MUN delegate must poses in order to perform well at MUN conferences.

To make the lecture/workshop more interactive, all the attendees jointly analyzed the situation in Syria through the structural approach to what the international community is, and how it functions. After the beak, the attendees formed groups and analyzed he question of the current refuge crisis and afterwards presented their findings to the rest of the group.

The three take-away messages of the workshop were 1) don’t create new things, but use what already exists; 2) for comprehensive preparation, look at every issue through the elements of the structure of the international community; and 3) always be nice to the Secretariat at MUNs: show them due respect, because they’re the ones who run the show.

MUNSC Two Day Conference: Instability in South Sudan

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Published by Patrik Bole on 30 October, 2016.

Model United Nations Slovenia Club officially opened the MUN semester at the premises of the Faculty of Social Sciences, between 28th and the 29th of October, with a two day conference on the topic of Instability in South Sudan.  The two day conference was chaired under the sharp eye of Maša Mikić and future dictator Gašper Črepinšek. For the cherry on top, the Secretariat also featured a master of confusion and mischief, Matic Gumpot in the role of Crisis Director of the conference. The conference was primarily aimed to introduce the recent newcomers to our fairy world of MUNiverse, and for them to get a glimpse of how the actual international conferences look like, socials included.

The schedule on the 28th started with a pre-conference workshop which was an introduction to resolution writing. Delegates, especially our most recent members of the family, were given a lecture on how to properly write a resolution and to get a general idea of how resolution gets created, step by step. After lunch, everything was ready for the actual session to begin, as the room was filled by fresh faces, which all seemed eager to save the world and stop the bloodshed occurring in South Sudan. However, shortly after the debate came into full swing, tensions and different views on how to save the world already resounded through heated conversations.

The Crisis Director who seemed to have been inspired by no other than Loki himself, regularly added fuel to the fire by sending contradictory and disruptive messages to certain state representatives. At some point, things were looking dire, as there seemed to have been many states accusing and firmly disagreeing with each other. At some point, a certain group of states openly criticised the United Nations as ineffective and a vessel for Western world domination agenda, resulting in a polarised Security Council. Fortunately, through discussions, delegates found some points they could agree on and thus a mention of a possible working paper was warmly welcomed.

However, as the day was turning into night, the session was nearing to an end, so the first day ended up without an actual working paper, but there was good progress made towards it. After the simulation has ended, delegates were getting ready to release all their frustrations and dance their night away in Cutty Sark tavern in the Ljubljana Centre. The very next day however, there was no time for rest as the solution for South Sudanese people’s situation still remained in the air.

While Russian Federation was working on the already announced working paper, People’s Republic of Congo decided to pursue a working paper of its own, which at first glance did not seem to have any chance to be considered. However, throughout several different debates, progress was made, resulting in both working papers being converted into draft resolutions with several modifications intact. Once the time has come for resolutions to be presented, something so unexpected happened which one could reasonably call as background politics at its finest.

The draft resolution, which came to be from the working paper of the Russian Federation’s, was withdrawn by their two sponsors, Venezuela and Uruguay, without any reasons specified. Russian Federation, being stabbed in the back by the hidden forces at work, was shocked to rethink its position drastically towards the issue at hand. This however, caused the United States of America to attempt to declare the Russian Federation party to the dispute in a symbolic way, as the motion would require the Russian Federation to agree with the proposed motion in order to pass it.

After tensions settled down, the Security Council moved into voting procedure on the second draft resolution sponsored by Senegal and initiated by People’s Republic of Congo. As the resolution was voted on clause by clause, delegations managed to agree on certain points and thus passing a resolution with those that were not voted out during the process.

All in all, the conference was significant for many reasons as it has set a new standard for future layouts of MUNSC conferences and it was welcoming to newcomers, to whom it gave special attention to.  It was not only aimed at introducing new members to the world of MUN, but also integrating them into an ever growing MUNSC family. While some delegates were still trying to get a grip on the whole MUN business, others exceeded expectations.

Thus, Iris Šömen received a Honourable Mention for her aspiring performance, whilst Vid Novak was awarded the Best Delegate Award for his dedication and outstanding performance as a rookie as a delegate of the Republic of France. As the delegates said goodbye to the conference, Chairpersons seemed to have been happy with the outcome of the simulation and performance of new recruits, which showed great potential for them to become excellent delegates and qualified representatives of MUNSC across the globe, of which we can truly be proud of.

S Model United Nations 2016 Banja Luka

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Published by Jure Macuh on 26 October, 2016.

The Model United Nations Slovenia Club has been actively represented at yet another Model United Nations Conference. This time we were an integral part of the SMUN 2016 in Banja Luka, which took place from 19th to 22nd October.

The conference hosted participants from several parts of the world whom came to address two very important subjects in the international community. The Human Rights Council, which was chaired by senior MUNSC members Livija Marko-Wieser and Miloš Aleksić, established their position on Worker’s rights in Transnational Corporations. This is a very complex problem, but Livija and Miloš stood up to the task with their vast experience. The Security Council had several representatives of the MUNSC as well as several notable achievements. Maša Mikić and Jure Macuh were the Presiding Officers of the Security Council on the topic of the Situation in Yemen. This was a very significant challenge since this was their first chairing experience. Their maiden voyage proved to be successful and a very important learning experience for the junior chairing duo. However, SMUN 2016 was not only a very successful conference for our chairs, but for delegates representing MUNSC as well. Teja Dobnik and Toni Požar were the honourable representatives of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Senegal respectively. Toni picked up the Best delegate award and Teja the honourable mention. The Model United Nations Slovenia Club is incredibly proud of all the members who took part at the SMUN 2016 conference and extend their congratulations.

The conference was obviously a big success. Yet again we have been able to catch up with our friends from other MUN clubs as well as make several new bonds which we look forward to harnessing in the future. We will definitely revisit Banja Luka on future conferences and repeat this great experience.

Mock Session: Child Marriage

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Published by Katja Krušec on 19 October, 2016.

MUNSC first mock session this year took place on 18 October at the premises of United Nations Association of Slovenia. New members simulated Human Rights Council on the topic ‘Child marriage’. The particular mock session was first among numerous activities that MUNSC is organizing this year. The mock session was aimed at beginners, since they learned how to use the Rules of Procedure. Delegates also presented short opening speeches regarding their country’s position on the main topic. Our presiding officers, Matic Gumpot and Nina Ivić, were pleasantly surprised since delegates were prepared and highly committed during the mock session. Senior members shared their MUN experience and knowledge and helped new members with guidance through mock simulation and Rules of Procedure. With that, delegates engaged in debate more actively and without hesitation. We were all happy to see young MUN enthusiasts embarking on their new journey that will enrich their studies and social life.

We hope that many more new members will join us in following events and become a part of our MUN world. We sure are happy to see such a great turnout and endeavor from this year’s members.

All good on your new path!” we shout to our new members. There is no greater world than MUN world. We will be with you every step along the way.

 

 

MUNSC Introductory Meeting 2016/2017

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Published by Laura Martinčič on 12 October, 2016.

Every October (which marks the beginning of a new study year for university students) MUNSC holds its traditional Introductory Meeting. The aim of the meeting is to present the club to new members, to introduce the members of the year’s Executive Board (EB for short. It also makes them sound very important), and allow for old members to catch up and strike fear into the bones of new members.

This year’s Introductory Meeting was very special: curiosity got the best of people. The EB was quite shocked when finding out that they were running out of chairs for everyone that was coming to the meeting. In fact, the members of the EB were so overwhelmed they forgot to mention who is the President of the UNAS Youth Section (sorry, Kaja!).

The meeting was short and sweet – after the EB presented the club, how the club fits into the UNAS-scheme, what do we actually do at MUNSC, and why is it worth joining, we went into the informal part of the meeting that in many ways resembled a family gathering. Honestly, MUNSC is a family. And it just got a lot of new members.

Do you want to be a part of this family? Join us!

MUNSC Salient 2017 Partner reveal: Rome International Careers Festival

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MUNSC proudly announces its first MUNSC Salient 2017 Partner: Rome International Careers Festival.

More info at http://www.internationalcareersfestival.org/

MUN Slovenia Club at Sarajevo Model UN 2016

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Published by Patrik Bole on 5 October, 2016.

MUNSC has recently sent a delegation to Sarajevo Model UN which had been occurring from 30th until 2th of October. Delegation proudly represented the MUNSC colors under the leadership of our honorary member, Paweł Kupis. The delegation arrived to Sarajevo one day prior to the beginning of the conference and spent the rest of the day exploring the magical tastes of Bosnian cuisine, venturing through the traditional square of Baščaršija while discovering the vibe of city’s nightlife.

The next day the delegation checked in at the luxurious Hotel Hills Sarajevo Congress & Thermal Spa Resort, where the simulation was taking place. Following the opening ceremony in the evening, the very next day, our delegates were making last preparations before the beginning of the sessions. Amanda, Jure and Patrik were representing the Russian Federation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and United States of America in the Security Council, trying to save The Question of Peace and Security in Syria and Deteriorating Political Crisis in Ukraine, causing grey hair to Žiga, who was chairing the sessions, in the process. In the next venue, rather loud sessions of Gulf Cooperation Council were taking place, thanks to Gašper, Paweł and Teja as representatives of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman with Meliha as chair, on the topics of GCC Response to the Situation in Yemen and Syria and Common Currency in Member-States. In the World Health Organization Committee, Miha represented Japan through fierce debates full of proper arguments on how to respond to the Zika virus accordingly. Lastly, our most recent, yet aspiring MUNSC member, Tinkara was making her case clear on the topics of Migration, Human Rights and Repercussions of Migration(s) on Member-States as the delegate of the France in the European Council. The delegation went through great efforts to save the world, such endeavors can be exhausting, thus a mixture of fun and diplomacy was to be had on the socials as well, as our delegates engaged into international networking, dancing to Bosnian beats and learning Paweł’s polish song.

Unfortunately, time flies when you are having fun and so all the good things come to an end. For the MUNSC delegation, it all ended too fast as Sarajevo Model UN came to its conclusion after two days of intense sessions. Even though the delegation has not secured a lasting peace in the world, it made sure assigned countries were represented accordingly and professionally as Tinkara and Miha were awarded with Honourable mentions whilst Gašper was proclaimed Best Delegate. Regardless, the delegation unanimously agreed that Sarajevo MUN was indeed a truly unforgettable experience that managed to satisfy everyone’s expectations. While the time was running short and some topics were left untouched or not discussed in the detail, regardless of that, one thing remains certain; Sarajevo MUN can expect the MUNSC delegation next year, consolidated in numbers and hardened in debates. Farewell until next year!

MUN Slovenia Club at UNESCO Weekend

 

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Published by Žiga Golobič on 19 September, 2016.

All of us here at MUN Slovenia Club welcome every opportunity to do something new – which is why we were excited to participate at the UNESCO Weekend that took place last weekend in the wonderful Slovenian karst countryside. The exercise was envisaged as a way to bring enthusiastic youth together, exploring a little-known gem of Slovenian cultural heritage and learning about the role of UNESCO in world heritage protection. Three of our members attended the weekend-long series of workshops, but also contributed to the proceedings with a day-long workshop on model UNESCO.

After arriving in the Karst on Friday, we enjoyed a guided tour of the town of Pliskavica and its many traditional artisans – including a local stoneworks, beekeeper and winery. Having thoroughly enjoyed all the culinary wonders that the Karst has to offer, our participants engaged in informative presentations and productive discussions, as well as attended the Vilenica cultural festival that took place on Saturday. On Sunday, MUNSC kicked off the day with an introductory workshop, covering the basics about UNESCO and its work protecting world heritage, international committee simulations and rules of procedure, as well as the topic of discussion for the day: the protection of world heritage sites in Syria.

After lunch, the participants dove straight into a moderated MUN-style session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, where they attempted to find new approaches to safeguarding world heritage sites under threat from the ongoing Syrian civil war. After a lively discussion and a productive drafting procedure, a final document was unanimously adopted by the committee and the delegates retired to enjoy the last rays of karst sun before the weekend came to an end. We were very happy with how the UNESCO Weekend Event turned out, especially our Model UNESCO workshop and simulation. We got to know many incredibly active and engaged young men and women in the process and we are looking forward to meeting them again in the future – be it at another UNESCO, or at a Model UN event.

MUNSC Salient 2016: It’s a wrap!

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The second instalment of MUNSC Salient, organized by the United Nations Association of Slovenia, successfully concluded on July 15th. The conference was held under the honorary patronage of Mr Borut Pahor, the President of Slovenia.

The conference took place between July 11 and 15, 2016 at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Fundamentally a youth conference, the aim of MUNSC Salient is to supplement the traditional Model United Nations (MUN) experience with educational content in form of interactive lectures, roundtables and workshops. The 70 participants of the conference hailed from Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden and Turkey. The overarching topic this year was “Contemporary Inequalities” and all three simulated committees saw fervent discussions on related issues. The UN Security Council discussed the threat posed by youth radicalization to international peace and security; the UN Human Rights Council discussed the right of peoples and individuals to international solidarity; and the European Council revisited the future of EU policy in the post-migration era.

The opening ceremony included several keynote speakers: Professor Dr Bojko Bučar, the president of the United Nations Association of Slovenia; Mr Martin Nesirky, Director of the United Nations Information Service Vienna, via video address; and Ms Veronika Bošković Pohar, Deputy Director General for Multilateral Affairs, Development Cooperation and International Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. The first public event after the opening ceremony featured H.E. Mr Mykhailo Brodovich, the Ambassador of Ukraine in the Republic of Slovenia, who spoke about some of the issues faced by the Ukrainian people and government, titled: “Lost Generations: humanitarian crises, development challenges and youth.” His address was followed by a public lecture by Professor Dr Maja Bučar on the topic of the development-migration nexus.

The second day saw the commencement of formal discussions within the simulated committees at the conference, as well as the roundtable titled “the (Multi)cultural Future of Europe” attended by Mr Matjaž Gruden, Director of Policy Planning at the Council of Europe; Dr Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Director of Peace Institute; Mr Ervin Hladnik Milharčič, journalist and publicist; and moderated by Dr Ana Bojinović Fenko, Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The panellists tackled the topic from several unique points of view, providing the event attendees with a comprehensive overview

of the issues related to multiculturalism, migration flows and integration, human rights protection and future European policy prospects in these areas.

On the third day of the conference we hosted an exclusive discussion with H.E. Mr Paolo Trichilo, the Ambassador of the Italian Republic in Slovenia, on the topic of “Assisting vulnerable Populations: – Italy’s Experience with Refugees.” The final workshop was in fact conference-long, having started on the first day after the opening ceremony and persisted until the last day of formal discussions. In the context of this workshop, the participants of the conference were divided into two asymmetrical groups – the privileged, enjoying several simple benefits, and the unprivileged, enjoying no benefits. Doing this, we sought to evoke a sense of injustice and inescapability from the structures through which we maintain the status quo. The participants were thusly surrounded by the “inequalities” agenda at all times during the conference, both in formal and informal contexts.

The conference was concluded with a lively closing ceremony which took place at the Municipality of Ljubljana and closing remarks by the Mayor of Ljubljana, Mr Zoran Janković.

The conference was supported by Central European Initiative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana and Faculty of Social Sciences. The MUNSC Salient 2016 Team deeply thanks all the contributors for their support and trust.

Keepin’ it real at MOSTIMUN 2016

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Published by Jure Macuh on 7 May 2016.

The delegation of MUNSC is still, after more than a wekk since the closing ceremony of MOSTIMUN 2016 took place, reminiscing over the incredible experience we’ve all had. The majority of our delegation arrived on the 24th of April and was greeted by a bit of unpleasant weather, but that did not in any way alter the anxiety we all had. After unpacking and enjoying a quiet conversation over a few drinks in the Black Dog pub we retired to our beds awaiting the first official day of the conference.

The hotel was simply buzzing on the morning of the opening ceremony. We were quickly equipped with their accreditations and moved into the conference room where the opening ceremony was officially open. We enjoyed some very fine speeches from the organisation team and the General Secretary Vid Tomić who is also a member of the MUNSC. But not one word of Vid’s inspiring speech was left unchecked by the Deputy General Secretary and the leader of the MUNSC delegation Nina Ivić.

After the first part of the opening ceremony we were honoured by several key note speakers representing UN Women and the UNHCR where a lively debate sparked concerning the role of women in conflict and post-conflict situations and the impact of the refugee crisis. The lively debate was thankfully followed by a banquet as the delegates and chairs needed to replenish for the mock session that took place at University of Džemal Bijedić. The mock sessions were a great way to warm up and remember the procedural elements of MUN simulations. However, the topics were very laid back and we were able to have a few laughs during the procedure. This was also the first time we were able to get to know each other with our honourable chairs.

Several of the chairs were also members of the MUNSC. Žiga Golobič was overseeing the Security Council, Gašper Črepinšek was making sure that the Historic Security Council remains as historically correct as possible and was assisted by Ana Kristovič in this endeavour. The remaining councils were the Human Rights Council and The Arab League. The following days were accompanied by passionate and long debates which resulted in eight successful resolutions. Even though we were exhausted we were still able to take an active part in the evening social events. The conference passed by very quickly and the closing ceremony was on the schedule before we knew it. The delegates were very pleased with the conference as was the secretariat.

Members of the MUNSC were obviously an integral part of this success as we were presented with several best delegate and honourable mention awards. Jasna Ružicki (Arab League) and Miha Trstenjak (Historical Committee) received the best delegate award and debutants Patrik Bole (Arab League), Jure Macuh (Security Council), and Luka Škoda (Historical Committee) received the honourable mention award. In addition, Katja Krušec received the best journalist award. The members of the MUNSC are very proud to have taken part on MOSTIMUN 2016. Our bonds have been tightened during the week and we are anxiously awaiting further challenges.