Dear MUN Directors,
We cordially invite you to apply to this year’s Berlin Model United Nations Conference held from November 18th to November 21st at the John F. Kennedy School Berlin.
This year BERMUN 2015 will examine the role of the United Nations as it confronts the challenges posed by supra-nationalist extremist organizations. When the Charter of the United Nations was signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, the fifty-one signatories were delegated representatives of nation-states. “The scourge of war” between nation-states in the twentieth century had left untold devastation and sorrow to peoples on an unprecedented global scale. The newly established world body was primarily intended to prevent such conflict in the future. There was to be a reaffirmation in fundamental human rights and respect for international law in order to foster “social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” The key-players were sovereign nation-states.
Today, seventy years after ratification of the UN Charter, the peace and stability of nations and the security and fundamental values of mankind are threatened not only by nation-states failing to adhere to international agreements and the principles of the UN, but by extremist organizations lacking defined territorial borders. Espousing violence and the imposition of an insidious ideology, they trample on basic human rights, destabilize and demoralize modern pluralistic societies, and ultimately undermine the core values set-out in the UN Charter. The threat posed by extremism to democracy and the rule of law lacks defined parameters. Extremist groups pursue their ends in a variety of ways. Territorial advances are made through conventional warfare made possible by lethal weaponry acquired through obscure and largely illicit channels of financial support. Through deceit and the adroit use of modern communications and social media, recruits across the globe are enlisted in “the cause”, lured by ideologues espousing feigned promises of social justice and “equality” or by retrograde religious fanatics proselytizing an obscure divine reward. Single governments alone cannot meet the challenge extremism poses to pluralistic societies; the challenge is global and must be confronted globally.
By selecting Countering Extremism to Foster International Peace and Security, the 2015 BERMUN secretariat endeavors to encourage an international approach to combating this twenty-first century scourge. Questions the world community must confront range widely, from the root causes of extremism to addressing the financial support systems of extremists. How can the dissemination of radicalism, hatred, and incitement to violence be effectively countered? Innovative and effective methods of information exchange and cooperation must be developed by UN Member States. This will undoubtedly entail reassessing the thorny issue of sovereignty and how far member states are willing to share their informational resources and channels. The framework of support for extremist groups and their insidious ideology must also be addressed and a convincing counter narrative developed and propagated. Strong national and international laws are needed so that the peoples of the United Nations can enjoy security and the promotion of economic and social advancement for all.
If your school is interested in participating, please register by completing Form I on our website (www.bermun.de). Please note that our school facilities do not allow us to accept more than 650 participants, therefore, by submitting this Form I, your participation at this conference is not automatically guaranteed.
You will be notified via email by May 1st whether your school has been accepted to participate in the 2015 BERMUN Conference.
The application form for student officers is available through the BERMUN Secretariat. If you would like to recommend a student for such a position, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting Form I and Student Officer Applications is set for April 18th.
Interested students can apply for the Youth Assembly, International Court of Justice and ‘BERMUN Times’ Press Team on our website beginning on May 1st.
Karin Hövermann, William Robertson, Dr. Walter Peterson, Jason Lang