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Crossroads: The UN in Crisis

Committee Topic

"To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support -- to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective, to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak, and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run…. So, let us begin anew -- remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate." John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961


The UN charter is no longer relevant to world. Horribly inefficient, rising countries are dissatisfied with not having security power veto as well as the current security council’s deficiencies. This is the world, not too dissimilar from our own, that this committee takes place in. This committee's purpose is to function as a constitutional convention in which the UN must adapt to the new world order. While this committee will involve, discuss, and debate, real world and hypothetical crises the goal of the committee is not to solve the crisis but establish an infrastructure for the world to solve future crises.


The challenge of not solving a problem but all future problems was given to the victors of WW2. Their solution was the United Nations. An organization whose original sole purpose was to prevent WW3. The organizations role has grown to cover all the UN does today and for the most part the world has been a more peaceful place in part as a result of the UN. However, it is by no means a perfect organization and the holes in its charter have only grown with time. 


You're tasked with the same challenge as those men given the blueprint of the UN, but you don’t have to follow it. Will the UN be more democratic, more centralized and formalized or less, have a limited role in world affairs or a outsized role? The decision is yours. 

Letter from the 

Chair

Welcome to Crossroads: The UN in Crisis. My name is Liam Graf and I will be chairing this committee. Let me begin with a little information about myself. I was born in Oakland, California but have lived most of my life in Boca Raton, FL. I am a Sophomore here at the University of Miami majoring in International Studies and Economics and minoring in Arabic and Spanish. My dream job has been to work for State Department as a foreign service officer. I am currently a member of the MUN Travelling Team here at UM and have been competing in Model UN since I was in High School and even attended MICSUN 3 times as a delegate. Outside of MUN, I interned in my Congressman’s, Ted Deutch, DC office as well as working on multiple campaigns in the past several election cycles. I am also a huge football fan (go Bears and Man City) as well as a total politics nerd.  

 

As an International Studies major the UN is a large topic in my classes and in modern academic literature particularly when talking about supranational and international organizations. How globalization and the events of the near future will alter and change these bodies, most importantly the UN will shape the course of the international order as we know it. These decisions and debates are what we will be exploring with this committee. My expectation for the committee is for it to be a delegate driven experience. While I most certainly have my own ideas for what a reformed UN should look like, I am looking forward to seeing what all of you come up with as possible solutions to these problems.

 

Liam Graf

UN In Crisis Chair