Emergency Assembly of the Former United Nations, 2045
Agenda: Navigating the Geo-Political and Economic Turmoil caused by the Dissolution of the United Nations and Increased Nuclear Stockpiling
The date is 24th October, 2045. On the evening marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the United Nations, we are gathered to minimise the fallout of its dissolution.
The United Nations failed to take action and lost the confidence and support of the world. The veto powers proved unjust in their nature, leading to the development of resentful feelings amongst the smaller countries. The concept of veto powers hindered the efficiency and ability of the United Nations while also failing to keep its members happy, leading to the emergence of strong opposition to the system.
The US-China trade war escalated to a point that it became disastrous to the global economy, but the United Nations was stuck in a deadlock and failed to intervene or tame the proportions of the situation. The United States and China have been taking advantage of poorer countries in Africa and the Middle East, continuing to carry out proxy wars and fund radical groups in the region with no opposition. Russian powers in the region have also remained strong and parts of Africa and Western Asia have become battle-ravaged wastelands due to fights they were not even part of.
The UN’s mandate of taking minimal action came in the way of its ability to take action and, caught up in bureaucracy, it failed to do anything to help the region. Apart from this, in 2034 alone, 53 countries were known to have possession of nuclear weapons. The UN continued to condemn these actions, but once again failed to prevent a large portion of the world from obtaining these weapons of mass destruction.
These reasons, coupled with increased global inequality, polarisation and radicalisation, led to countries treating the UN as an unnecessary expense and pulling out their funding, causing the organisation to go bankrupt, which finally led to its dissolution.
In 2045, geo-political and economic turmoil engulfs the world; there is an enormous power vacuum, and every country’s government is working around the clock to solidify relations with others. An air of uncertainty fills every politician’s lungs. The number of unilateral actions rise exponentially. Self-servitude supersedes diplomacy. The future looks bleak. What is the world to do? It is up to you, delegates, to determine the fate of our world.
Your actions may redefine global politics – with central blocs, regional blocs and independent alliances all being possibilities. The dissolution of the United Nations has created a ripple effect – causing many major issues, and it is your job to address as many of them as possible, while making sure that you devise a system different to that of the failed United Nations. Although the world is divided like never before, foreign policy is of utmost importance, but it is not unusual for a country to follow a completely new policy route in times like these. At the end of the day, global cooperation is intrinsic to reaching a lasting and stable peace.
Lastly, delegates, I cannot emphasize enough the fact that only the most creative and adroit solution to this predicament will allow the world to heave a long-awaited sigh of relief and only then can the world return to normalcy.
Letter from the Director
“If you don’t solve problems from the past, they will follow you into the future.”
It is my honour to welcome you to the 25th anniversary of the Cathedral Model United Nations Conference, 2021, and to the Emergency Assembly of the Former United Nations, 2045, a committee like no other. The world today is one riddled with numerous crises, many of which show no signs of stopping, and, at EAFUN, we hope to explore the impacts and escalations of today’s issues, such as large-scale nuclear stockpiling and trade wars. But most importantly, we want you, delegates, to navigate through a likely future in which the very organization that this conference is modelled around, the United Nations itself, ceases to exist. This committee is unique and unprecedented in its nature, and promises to be interesting, dynamic and thought-provoking for each delegate that is a part of it, and I, along with my talented executive board, will attempt to make it as memorable as possible.
The dissolution of the United Nations has been inevitable for quite a long time, and this committee relies on that inevitability. It is a futuristic general assembly that mimics the extremely likely sequence of events that will follow the unavoidable dissolution of the UN. The dissolution of the UN is likely due to several issues that are prevalent today, many of which are issues that affect and plague the entire world – the fact that major global decisions are made by a handful of countries, the UN’s ineffectiveness in curbing the US-China trade war and allowing the two nations to become economic superpowers, its failure to intervene and end various proxy wars, and its ineptitude in dealing with increasing global nuclear stockpiles and weapons of mass destruction.
Further, the fact that this committee is set in the future allows you, delegates, to speak, think and research with freedom and creativity. Solutions that haven’t been possible or recognised throughout history will not just be tolerated, but encouraged, in this committee. This committee is not about the creation of an organization similar to the United Nations or the League of Nations, but one that requires you to examine the failings of these international bodies, and try to create one that doesn’t face the same problems that those did. My executive board and I are also hoping that delegates tackle issues such as imminent nuclear conflicts and polar trade blocs that are likely to be facing the world in 2045 (as will be elaborated in the study guide).
I, Shaurya Singhi, will be the Director of your committee, and I am very excited to see what all of you have to offer. I’m a student in Grade 12 of the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, and my academic interests include Mathematics and English, as well as Computer Science. Most of my hobbies, though, are ones outside school. I enjoy playing basketball, writing, debating and MUNning. This will be my 3rd CMUN, and 2nd as a member of the executive board, and probably the last conference I will attend. MUN has played a big role in helping me become a more confident speaker and a more comprehensive researcher, as well as helped me meet a lot of new people from different backgrounds with different perspectives. I enjoy talking to and understanding new people, so feel free to approach me at any point during the conference to talk about anything Liverpool or Suits related, or just to have a chat or joke around.
On a serious note, though, I hope that this committee and conference will be an enriching experience for all of you. The most pressing issues are ones that haven’t arisen in today’s world, but you are being given the opportunity to address them. The future of the world and its survival is in your hands, delegates, and I hope that you will be prepared with thorough research, innovative ideas and utmost diplomacy.
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