“Encouraging Stability in Turbulent Times”

The Middle East has a reputation for endless conflict and political instability. At DurMUN 2020, delegates will have the opportunity to bring peace and stability to the region. Each four committees focus on current hot topics, tackling various human rights issues, social and economic matters as well as ending and preventing armed conflict. For the purposes of DurMUN 2020 “the Middle East” can be understood to mean the Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Yemen, and all countries enclosed therein.

United Nations Environmental Programme (Beginner)

Topic: Environmental Degradation and Social Stability in the Middle East

The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is a subsidiary of the Economic and Social Council tasked with coordinating the UN’s environmental activities and assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices. Environmental degradation brought about by climate change negatively effects every aspect of society. DurMUN 2020 delegates will have the opportunity to put develop policy suggestions and programmes to curb environmental degradation and improve social stability in the Middle East. The UNEP is recommended for beginners with little to no prior MUN experience, as well as those interested in environmental issues and climate change.

Economic and Social Council (Intermediate)

Topic: Mitigating Economic Inequality and Preventing Corruption in Middle Eastern Countries

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the six main organs of the UN. This year
members of the DurMUN ECOSOC will be asked to debate and develop policy recommendations and co-ordinate work of UN specialist agencies to decrease income inequality and curb corrup-
tion in the Middle East. Economic inequality is one of the most destabilising factors in modern times. Ensuring economic stability and preventing corruption is key to preventing further conflict in the region. ECOSOC is recommended for delegates who have prior MUN experience, and for delegates who have an interest in development and economic affairs.

Disarmament and International Security Committee (Intermediate)

Topic: Working towards a Final Peace Agreement Between Israel and Palestine

The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) is the first committee of the UN General Assembly. DISEC is committed to ensuring international peace and security. During
DurMUN 2020, DISEC delegates will aim to create a final and lasting peace agreement betweenIsrael and Palestine. DISEC is recommended for delegates with some MUN experience as well as for people with an interest in geopolitics and conflict prevention.

Security Council (Advanced)

Topic: The Situation in Yemen

The UN Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six main bodies of the UN, and the only one
capable of issuing binding resolutions. Since the UN-backed Stockholm Agreement broke down,
the situation in Yemen has been rapidly deteriorating. During DurMUN 2020, the UNSC will be
tasked with stabilising the region and finding new alternatives to build lasting peace. The UNSC is recommended for experienced MUN delegates and people with knowledge of geopolitics.