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 pcmun@presby.edu.

PCMUN Mission

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.

Tentative Schedule

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stefan Wiecki | Professor of History | Presbyterian College

Dr. Stefan Wiecki

Professor of History

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.

Break

3:30 – 4 p.m.

Awards and closing ceremony

Registration

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 pcmun@presby.edu.

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.

Faculty Advisor

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.

General-Assembly

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.

Kailynn Turner '20 | Model UN Nations Conference 2019 | Presbyterian College | Clinton SC

Kailynn Turner’s bio

My name is Kailynn Turner and I am a junior at Presbyterian College. I am from Lexington, South Carolina where I attended Lexington High School and was a member of the International Baccalaureate Program. I am double-majoring in History and French and studied abroad for one month in France this past May. After graduation, I hope to attend a graduate program to attain my Masters in the art of teaching. At home, I live with my family and our two dogs, Toby and Tyson. When I’m not playing with them, I like to play my violin, watch horror movies, and read. At PCMUN, I will be the chairperson of the General Assembly Plenary. I am excited to be a part of this committee as its topics are very relevant to the events going on in the world today.

Bri Kennedy '21 | Model UN Nations Conference 2019 | Presbyterian College | Clinton SC

Bri Kennedy’s bio

I am Bri Kennedy and am a sophomore at Presbyterian College. I have been a member of PC’s Model UN Team since my freshman year and competed at the SURMUN Conference in Charlotte, NC. I am pursuing a degree majoring in Political Science and History with minors in Pre-Law Studies and English. I graduated from Spring Hill High School in Chapin, SC. In my free time, I enjoy running, philanthropy, and reading. This spring I will be presiding over the General Assembly at PCMUN, and am excited to share my passion for international politics with our future delegates.

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.

Justin Davidson '19 | Model UN Nations Conference 2019 | Presbyterian College | Clinton SC

Justin Davidson’s bio

My name is Justin Davidson and I am a senior at Presbyterian College. I am from Columbia, South Carolina and attended Richland Northeast High School. I am a Biology major with minors in political science and chemistry and, after graduation, I hope to attend medical school. I have been involved with Model UN at PC going on three years and am the founding Vice-President of the team. Some hobbies of mine are playing and following sports, working out, running, and reading. At PCMUN, I will be serving the role of Secretary-General as well as the chairperson of the World Health Organization (WHO). I am really looking forward to chairing this committee as it will allow me to connect my interests in medicine and political science.

Security Council

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.

Lance Harvey '19 | Model UN Nations Conference 2019 | Presbyterian College | Clinton SC

Lance Harvey’s bio

My name is Broxton Lance Harvey Jr. and I am senior at Presbyterian College from Atlanta, Georgia. I am majoring in Political Science with a Pre-Law minor with plans of attending law school. I have been an active member of Model UN for two years. For the PCMUN Conference, I will be serving as the Assistant Secretary General. In addition, I will be the presiding chair over the Security Council (SC). The Security Council will be a unique opportunity to research, discuss and resolve international conflicts. Additional information about myself is that I love outdoors, politics, sports, and gaming.

Member State Matrix

Member StateGAPLENWHOSC
Afghanistanxx
Albaniaxx
Algeriaxx
Angolaxx
Antigua & Barbudaxx
Argentinaxx
Australiaxx
Azerbaijanxx
Bahrainxx
Barbadosxx
Belarusxx
Belgiumxx
Belizexx
Beninxx
Boliviaxxx
Brazilxx
Bulgariaxx
Burkina Fasoxx
Cambodiaxx
Cameroonxx
Canadaxx
Chadxx
Chilexx
Chinaxxx
Colombiaxx
Cote d`Ivoirexxx
Croatiaxx
Cubaxx
Czech Republicxx
Democratic People`s Republic of Koreaxx
Democratic Republic of the Congoxx
Denmarkxx
Egyptxx
El Salvadorxx
Equatorial Guineaxxx
Ethiopiaxxx
Francexxx
Gabonxx
Germanyxx
Ghanaxx
Guatemalaxx
Guyanaxx
Haitixx
Holy Seex
Indiaxx
Indonesiaxx
Iranxx
Iraqxx
Irelandxx
Israelxx
Italyxx
Jamaicaxx
Japanxx
Jordanxx
Kazakhstanxxx
Kenyaxx
Kuwaitxxx
Lao People`s Democratic Republicxx
Lebanonxx
Liberiaxx
Libyaxx
Malawixx
Marshall Islandsxx
Mauritaniaxx
Mauritiusxx
Mexicoxx
Moroccoxx
Myanmarxx
Netherlandsxxx
Nicaraguaxx
Nigeriaxx
Norwayxx
Omanxx
Palestinex
Panamaxx
Paraguayxx
Peruxxx
Philippinesxx
Polandxxx
Portugalxx
Qatarxx
Republic of Koreaxx
Republic of Moldovaxx
Romaniaxx
Russian Federationxxx
Rwandaxx
Samoaxx
Saudi Arabiaxx
Senegalxx
Serbiaxx
Sierra Leonexx
Slovakiaxx
South Africaxx
South Sudanxx
Spainxx
Sudanxx
Surinamexx
Swedenxxx
Trinidad & Tobagoxx
Turkeyxx
Tuvaluxx
Ugandaxx
Ukrainexx
United Arab Emiratesxx
United Kingdomxxx
United Statesxxx
Venezuelaxx
Viet namxx
Yemenxx
Zimbabwexx