Model United Nations Conference
1st ANNUAL PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE MODEL UN CONFERENCE
Friday, March 29, 2019
Welcome Letter from the Secretary-General
Welcome! My name is Justin Davidson and I will be serving as the Secretary General of the first annual Presbyterian College Model United Nations (PCMUN) Conference for high school students. This will be a full-day conference scheduled to take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 on the beautiful campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina.
The purpose of this conference is to promote international mindedness, help participants gain a better understanding of the issues that affect the global community, and to facilitate learning the dynamics of international politics in a simulation environment. Participants are expected to research the issues beforehand and debate the resolutions at the conference. In this process, students will be able to tackle an issue from the perspective of a Member State, propose a solution on their behalf, and work diplomatically with representatives of other Member States in an engaging experiential learning experience.
This conference will consist of three committees: the General Assembly Plenary (GA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Security Council (SC). Each of these committees will focus on unique, relevant, and timely issues that affect the international community and will be chaired by my colleagues at the Model UN Club, who have had extensive experiences with the Model UN conferences.
Our staff is working hard to put this conference together and we cannot wait to see you on campus! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
The PCMUN seeks to provide high school students with an opportunity to expand their global education and apply their knowledge in a simulation environment to solve global issues. Consistent with PC’s mission to serve the greater community, this is an outreach program by the Model UN Club at Presbyterian College to engage high school students with a view to promoting global awareness, compassion, and collaboration in the global community.
8:30 – 9 a.m.
Check-in and reception at the Cornelson center
9 – 10 a.m.
Opening ceremony with a keynote speech by Dr. Wiecki in Kuhne Auditorium
10 a.m. – Noon
First session commences
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch in GDH
1 – 3 p.m.
Second session commences
3 – 3:30 p.m.
3:30 – 4 p.m.
Awards and closing ceremony
Schools interested in participating in PCMUN should complete the registration form below. The early bird registration fee is $10 per student received by Feb. 15, 2019, which includes a buffet luncheon at the Greenville Dining Hall. There are no charges for faculty chaperons. Regular registration is $15 per student received by March 15, 2019, and on-site registration is $20.
A check payable to “Presbyterian College” should be mailed to Ms. Cynthia Stoddard, 503 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC, 29325. For inquiries, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration rules: please review the country matrix to ensure the availability of countries before submitting the registration form. Once you are assigned a country, you are also responsible for representing that country in all committees as noted in the country matrix. You may assign one or two students to represent one country in the General Assembly and the World Health Organization. The Security Council requires two students to represent each country.
Dr. David Z. Liu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Presbyterian College (PC), who received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his B.A. in International Relations from Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China. He offers courses on East Asian Politics, International Relations and Political Economy.
Dr. Liu has been serving as the faculty advisor of the Model United Nations Club since its inception in spring 2017. Along with a group of PC students who share the passion for global learning and the desire to engage the global community for the betterment of the humanity, he endeavors to bring the global education to the larger community through the PCMUN and to encourage students at all levels to think about a world beyond their own and to become a responsible and contributive member of the global community.
The General Assembly will be co-chaired by Ms. Kailynn Turner and Ms. Bri Kennedy.
Topic: Assessing strategies to integrate refugees in host societies
The world is facing the highest number of displaced persons, or refugees, since the end of the Second World War. A refugee is someone who cannot return to their country of origin due to fear of persecution, conflict, violence or other circumstances that disrupt the nation and, as a result, requires international protection. Refugees around the world face many problems, such as lack of access to healthcare and education, but their problems do not end when their journey is over. Working with various member states, we examined three solutions for refugees: Repatriation, Resettlement, and Integration. For those refugees who are unable to return to their country of origin, they can be relocated from an asylum country to a third country for permanent resettlement or they can be integrated into the society of the asylum country. However, these solutions have their own difficulties for both the refugees and the host societies. At this PCMUN conference, the General Assembly will focus on how to ease the difficulties faced by refugees and host societies as a result of resettlement and integration.
World Health Organization
The WHO will be chaired by Justin Davidson.
Topic: Assessing strategies for combating antibiotic resistance
Antibiotics are a class of drugs that are specially designed to work against bacteria and are used heavily in medicine and agriculture. Antibiotic resistance describes the process by which bacterial strains evolve in such a way that they are immune to or not as affected by the antibiotics used to treat them. In recent years, due to the widespread use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture, there have been frightening rises in the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Drug-resistant infections are already on the rise with numbers suggesting that up to 50,000 lives are lost each year to antibiotic-resistant infections in Europe and the US alone, however, experts have argued the real figure is at least double that. The problem is projected to get much worse as by 2050 resistant strains are projected to kill more people than cancer. If no action is taken, the death toll could rise to 10 million people a year by 2050. In addition to the general mortality projections, medical practices are already having to forgo certain surgeries and procedures due to the risks associated with infections and this is only expected to get much worse. If steps are not taken to alleviate this problem the economic and societal ramification are widespread and incredibly impactful.
The Security Council will be chaired by Broxton Lance Harvey.
Topic: Open agenda & simulation games
Note: This committee requires double delegations, i.e., two students representing each country. During the conference, students will receive simulation packets to resolve international crisis scenarios.
Member State Matrix
|Antigua & Barbuda||x||x|
|Democratic People`s Republic of Korea||x||x|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||x||x|
|Lao People`s Democratic Republic||x||x|
|Republic of Korea||x||x|
|Republic of Moldova||x||x|
|Trinidad & Tobago||x||x|
|United Arab Emirates||x||x|