MUN Club: Look Ahead

CCNY MUN Club Concludes the Fall 2018 Semester with a following look ahead:

• Future We Want Model United Nations Conference (FWWMUN) will be held on March 1-3, 2019 in NYC. Those interested should fill out the Model UN club interest form (if they have not already) and priority will be given to club members who demonstrate commitment to the club.
• Event with Diplomat in Residence. Date to be determined.
• UN Briefing. Date to be determined.
• Event with Annie Deng about CCNY NGO. Date to be determined.

Good luck on finals. Hope to see you all again in the spring!
-CCNY Model UN Team

SDG Projections: Massive scale projections and  peoples’ voices to celebrate UN70 and visually depict the 17 Global Goals
SDG Projections: Massive scale projections and peoples’ voices to celebrate UN70 and visually depict the 17 Global Goals Organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information in partnership with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Office of the Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, the Global Poverty Project and other partners General Assembly 69th session: High-level Forum on a Culture of Peace Opening Statements by the Acting President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General, followed by panel discussions

 

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CCNY NGO Invites for NPT Simulation

CCNY NGO to the UN and MUN Club would like to invite for a diplomatic simulation on nuclear non-proliferation. On November 19, 5-7:30pm in NAC 6/106 we will have a simulation on a fictional international nuclear crisis. Come and join your fellow students to practice diplomacy, leaderships skills, and negotiations. You must read in advance the material posted here.

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CCNY MUN Club Meeting Tmrrw!

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Thank you to all of you who attended our last meeting. We will be holding another meeting this Thursday, November 15th, where we will discuss some basics of Model UN , like position papers, points and motions and the differences between high school and college MUN. This meeting will take place in NAC 7/111 at 12:30pm.
Hope to see you there!


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CCNY MUN Meeting this Thursday!

Hi all,

Due to the lockdown on October 18, we were not able to hold meeting. That meeting will now take place this Thursday, November 1. At this meeting, we will discuss what MUN is about as well as upcoming MUN stimulation events. The meeting will take place in NAC 7/114 at 12:30pm.

Please complete this Google Form if you haven’t done so already:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHNElSbZf8j35xrz03JXcQmfzWQFtOMyETFJ4NZ1M5KG2JFg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Hope to see you there!

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Summer 2018 at the UN: The 67th UN DPI/ NGO Conference “We the Peoples”

 

              “We are all in this together!”

This summer CCNY NGO Youth Representatives and faculty members participated in the annual UN DPI/ NGO Conference that was held at the UNHQ.  During 3 day conference,   not only our CCNY NGO team was able to actively engage and attend workshops, but also host one under “global citizenship” umbrella.

As the motto of the 67thUN DPI/ NGO Conference states: “Together Finding Solutions for Global Problems”, we acknowledge the crucial importance of education in any corner of the globe. Education is one of the cornerstones on the way to establish and promote more civil and tolerant society.  The theme of the workshop began with a highlight on universality of our common goals and needs in terms of achieving SDG’s, notably education is labeled as one of the primary key targets. Significant part of the workshop focused on the philosophy of Emmanuel Kant and its connection to shared values of Education for Global Citizenship.

Mr. Sczczurowski began his speech by reflecting on our common human values, the values that transcend beyond borders and social backgrounds. Our shared oneness is rooted in our universal human rights, one of which is the right for education. Connecting to the philosophy of Kant, we all share the major feature of our human mind, i.e. our capacity for intelligent rational thought.

Kant believed that we should respect the dignity of all people no matter who they are. Because they are humans with the same power of reason just like anyone else. This philosophical thought put into the perspective of current globalization translates into one single statement: “We are all in this together” as Mr. Sczcurowski pointed out during his speech. That is, we have a moral obligation of respect and empathy to one another, whether it is in local, regional or global level. The necessity of having access to education in a fast-changing technological world is beyond measures. We are being faced with new technological advancements that are yet to be challenged by our ability to sense and convey human relations. This profound difference is a key factor of education as it has been noted in the UN’s Global Education First Initiative: “It is not enough for education to produce individuals who can read, write and count.  Education must fully assume its central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies.”

Returning back to our moral values that are fostered by global citizenship education, CUNY BA undergraduate program student – Joseph Hill, shared his experience with CUNY Service Corps that provided students with skill sets and opportunities to engage with society through education. His trip to Puerto Rico deeply impacted on how even in the most drastic situations the spirit of the locals were not broken. “They were not there to take from us, but to give us,” says Joseph as he reflects on his service in Puerto Rico.

A key note was stated by Mr. Sczczurowski on the unique and exceptional benefits of majoring in Interdisciplinary Study areas not only to graduate with knowledge and experience beyond academic scope, but also to strengthen the moral responsibility and awareness of each and every individual though programs that are interchangeable beyond one specific major or study field.

Global Citizenship has been accentuated in the UN’s Global Education First Initiative report: According to the UN, global citizenship education provides the understanding, skills and values students need to cooperate in resolving the interconnected challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, conflict, poverty, hunger, and issues of equity and sustainability. These same educational outcomes prepare students to be successful in the workplace of the 21st century as well.

The CCNY NGO to the UN and CUNY BA Workshop Part I

The CCNY NGO to the UN and CUNY BA Workshop Part II

The 4th Round of Multi-stake Holder Negotiations on Global Compact for Migration Leaves Facts and Data out of Discussions

During  14-18 May of 2018,  multi-stake holders met for the assigned negotiation rounds that are designed to bring the most advanced and SDG-approach focused compact. With every draft states are being precise on specific regulations to be included or excluded from the compact.  Co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland are  serving to bring out the most constructive negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration highlighting as well as requiring all participant states to keep their bar not lower than New York Declaration when making statements.

While stake-holder states expressed their remarks and corrections on the revised draft, some states shared their position on what should be the center of concern on the next round of negotiations.

In this regard, Bulgaria’s representative urged all stake-holders to include and uphold the children’s importance in drafting accelerated solutions. Per se, migrant children’s life conditions and socio-legal services should be formed to accommodate their utmost urgent needs and draft as a long term compact to facilitate and serve for the children moving in transit, lost or in need of humanitarian assistance. As noted by Bulgarian representative compact must secure: access to legal pathways in obtaining nationality and citizenship of origin, verifying identity documents, accessing safe migration and receiving early childhood education, increasing literacy level as well as effectively combating  with child-smuggling black market and child-labor exploitation. Indeed, securing safe and peaceful future of children will undeniably bring its long-term benefits to the society they are living in.

Notably, the theme of the last session’s discussions highly concentrated on  issue of racial discrimination and policies related to further protecting migrants from work exploitation. During the hearings Vietnam mentioned  the 1999 Migrants Convention as a standard base to cover the needs of migrants that face high risk of  being smuggled, abused or exploited in a foreign country.  However, while most states were also adding on this issue, China’s opposition left everyone in the conference room adrift.  The representative of China responded very directly rejecting the facts and evidence in implementing non-discriminatory policies against migrants by saying that ” We should focus on reality-based events, not evidence”. The statement was quite ambivalent and quite astonishing for the attendees, but supported by the fellow Russian representative.

Brazil, the Holy See, Nepal and Turkey in line with many other permanent state observers spoke out to address xenophobia, hate crimes and racism that migrants regardless of their status face in the host country. Specifically, the Holy See suggested modifying compact to deal with acts of violence  that are directed to migrants based on their race, face and ethnicity. In line with the Holy  See, Brazil clarified that policies should be gender-responsive and race sensitive. Turkey chaired for raising social awareness and creating violence-fighting peaceful campaigns that would nurture tolerance.

Although the 4th round of GCM was  quite  engaged in improving the draft for the upcoming 5th round, many  states at this point have expressed their main message to the co-facilitators and observers.

Our CCNY NGO Youth Representatives will be closely watching and reporting the next round of multilateral negotiations.

#UN4youth #UNMigrants #CCNY #NGO

 

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The United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine : 70 Years after 1948 — Lessons to Achieve a Sustainable Peace

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“We are the only people in the world held responsible for the security of its occupier.”

  • Hanan Achrawi, Palestinian Legislator

On this day, May 17th, the Forum began with a moment of silence for the dozens of lives lost, including those of children, amid the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th, 2018. Occurring during a critical turning point in the history of Israel-Palestine relations, the opportunity to discuss their fate, and what must be done, has come. 

“What Happened in 1948?”

The forum began with a panel of speakers who specialize in Palestine and Palestine-Israeli relations, specifically in their history. Panelists informed the stakeholders and observers of the series of events that caused the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes, the occupation of Palestine by Israeli communities, and ultimately the discrimination of the Palestinian people from 1947 until today. The speakers stressed the importance of understanding history in order to change the future, but that change required responsibility. 

Historian Ilan Pappé:

“Any peace process that ignores what happened in 1948 must involve these three components: acknowledgement, accountability, and acceptance” 

The forum continued on the topic of displacement within and outside of Palestine. Pointed out by In January 2018, there were a total of 230,000 displaced Palestinians and of those, 60% of them have been displaced more than once. As a result of the occupation, 50,000 infrastructures in Palestine have been destroyed, including schools and humanitarian aid buildings. 

International Lawyer Francesca Albanese: 

“No status and no rights were guaranteed to refugees in general without the case of the Palestinian refugees. It didn’t really exist before.”

Speakers compared the situations between Palestine and Namibia, noting that it took 20 years for Namibia to gain recognition from South Africa. Professor Susan Akram pointed out that without a  similar strategy to that of Namibia, Palestine won’t be able to obtain their right to self-determination. There are several factors to consider for the creation of a Palestinian state, especially concerning those born in exile.

Israeli Politician Yossi Beilin:

“We have more and more Arab doctors, Arab professors. We want an Arab minister and the move is too slow.”

The Forum on the Question of Palestine informed us about the intersecting factors that challenge the Palestinian people on a daily basis. Each panelist shared their insight, highlighting the importance of education in matters in order to work toward a sustainable future without neglecting a crucial past.

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, meeting with the civil society before the end of his term

On May 11th,  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein ,current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights held a brief meeting with the UN staff and NGO members concluding the end of his service term.

Zeid Ra’ad, who  is the sixth High Commissioner leading  the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the first Asian, Muslim and Arab to ever be in this prestigious position, gave his overview on ups and downs of closely working and rigorously fighting for the human rights. During his speech he noted complex systematic challenges of the Security Council in addressing the Syrian Refugee Crisis followed by abusive chemical attacks aimed at civil society members that are still left within Syrian borders. Not only did he mention difficulties of tackling with pressing global issues, but also lack of coordination between regional powers that weaken the  UN’s ability to  assist in crisis moments.

Nonetheless,  he highlighted positive shifts in some sovereign states where there was fear of state collapse as in case of Ethiopia where has been with UNOHCR mission recently: ” A country at pivot point of collapse was able to transform into a strong build-bridge between educated youth and government.”  However, the transformation was sealed in raising literate and argumentative youth able to analyze and participate in the daily life of the civil society they are residing in, and this comes with zealous persistence and support given to  the youth.

More notably, the High Commissioner stated  the importance of using comprehensive language accessible and applicable to general public over advanced terminologies that are only designed for legal purposes. Having accessible information on human rights, its core values and concepts would accommodate them better when faced with challenges and abuse of human rights rather than having ideological knowledge about it.

As CCNY NGO Youth Representatives, it has been an honor for us to attend such an impeccable event filled with discussions on the global issues whose core victims are humans whose rights and dignity have been deprived or abused by authoritarian regimes.

” At times the pressing issues may seem to be at the brink of pivotal point, but with the right assistance and unbowed independent body to stand up for the human rights, we will reach to more constructive and positive outcomes as long as states are willing to acknowledge and co-ordinate in battling these issues.”

He concluded by stating: ” In truth there is a power!”

 

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Congrats to 2018 CCNY Delegation to NMUN

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Congratulations to the the 2018 CCNY Delegation to the National Model United Nations Conference:

Shelley-Ann Pitterson
Thana Hamed
Masuf Ahmed
Bineta Sall
Thanjinia Haque
Lucia Lopez
Jasmine Park (Head Delegate)
Derek Basler
Adja Bambi Sow
Raneem Elsayed
Aichatou Nimaga
Fred Machado (Head Delegate)

Advisors and volunteers: Nancy Larcher, Fred Machado, Emma Sata Laparam, Sushmita Lamsal, Arieanna Jainarain, and Amanda Jimenez

The CCNY Delegation represented the Kingdom of Norway on the Conference that took place on March 25-29, 2018 in New York City. The delegates were recruited from INTL 31406 (25515) – “Model United Nations” course offered by the International Studies Program and taught by Rafal Szczurowski. For their overall performance representing Norway, CCNY team won an Honorable Mention.

In the words of Jasmine Park: “Attending NMUN Conference was an amazing and great experiential learning activity. It was a privilege to work with student from around the world. CCNY MUN Program really prepared me for the Conference and gave courage to be a leader in my committee.”

About the Program: CCNY Model United Nations Program prepares students for simulations of the United Nations in class and at local level, leading to a national exercise, held in New York City. Throughout two semesters, students examine major issues facing the United Nations, learn about the work of its specialized agencies, and explore the world of multilateral diplomacy. Students also engage in research applying the case study method. They are introduced to the practice of international diplomacy through presentations and experiential learning activities. CCNY MUN Program with its two academic courses are designed to prepare students for the national conference as well as to provide general knowledge about international organizations.

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The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Sets Humanitarian Threshold For Upcoming Third Round of GCM Hearings

Delegates attending closing of  Second Round  sessions of Global Compact on Migration, agreed to uphold not only the moral obligation to consider individual circumstances, vulnerabilities, threats and dangers migrants and refugees face on their path to reach safe destination, but also keep New York Declaration principles as the minimum criteria to accept refugees. The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations Representative urged attendees to consider International Human Rights as they propose limitations or amendments to the new draft. In accord with Philippines and Iceland , the Holy See also requested refraining from creating new legal definitions and  terminologies or amending already existing terminologies as to avoid complex and  challenging applications they would later deal with when applied by signatory  countries.

Continuing on the same note, Brazil, Australia, Jamaica, Mexico, Ethiopia and Eritrea raised series of questions regarding the procedures of data collection as stated on Zero Draft Plus of GCM. Biometric ID’s, national reporting mechanisms, exchange of data , regional and national forums as well as briefings on data collection  became next step of modification and revision for the upcoming Third Round Sessions in April.

As per request of majority , International Organization  for Migration, IOM,  gave briefing on their data collection procedures and means of accessing, exchanging data with UN to assist and co-operate in humanitarian aid related missions. Accentuating on state capacity and state responsibility in assisting in the process of safe and orderly migration, IOM  acknowledged  the need to host  permanent i.e. ongoing dialogue on national, regional and international levels so that they could create better platform  both for states and international organizations. During their brief Q&A with member states, IOM agreed to come up with solutions to deal with inaccurate data , safety and privacy aspects of data collection as well as provide consistent data policy guidelines. It’s important to note that these implementations will be made considering existing principles and statutes  that protect human rights.

The last but not least, to clear out left concerns Co-facilitator from Mexico stated that 2030 SDG Agneda is the primary base of the GCM Darft; thus, all Sustainable Development Goals relate to the Global Compact on Migration.  Leaving a positive note for the next round of hearings, co-facilitators ensured to recall and revise proposals made during both rounds in order to modify it for the Third Round.

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