Sheffield Model United Nations 2016

2nd - 4th December

The Committees

The committees that will make up SheffMun 2016, click on the icons for more information.

ECOSOC

Economic and Social Council is one of the primary organs of the United Nations and was established by the United Nations Charter in 1945.

United Nations Security Council

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and its main responsibility under the Charter is to maintain international peace and security.

DISEC

DISEC (Disarmament and International Security Committee) is the first committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations that deals with matters concerning world peace.

Crisis Committee

The Crisis Committee is the chance for the highly-experienced delegates to step out of their comfort zone and improve their performance. It is usually considered as the most demanding Committee, as rules are hardly applied and in terms of competing and working is absolutely challenging and exciting.

UNHRC

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a United Nations System inter-governmental body whose 47 member states are responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.

WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) was established in 1948 as a specialized agency of the United Nations concerned with international public health.

Our Theme

Open letter from the Secretariat

It is with great honour and pleasure that I welcome you to the 2016 edition of Sheffield Model United Nations. We, the Secretariat, have worked very hard to make this year’s SheffMUN a true reflection of the spirit, as well as aspirations of students here in Sheffield for a better future for everyone in the world. Following this intention, our theme for will be “Reaching 10 Billion: Demands, Dangers and Debates”.

From 2050 to the end of the century the global population is expected to exceed 10 billion. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the predicted population explosion “will produce severe impacts on land use and on the demands for energy, fresh water, food and housing”. Humanity, and more specifically, the most educated and connected generations in history, will face incredible environmental, economic and social changes. In a world faced with global warming, increasing water shortages, encroaching desertification and regular food shortages in the Global South, it is not at all clear how we, as members of the the international community, will manage to provide for the basic needs of the 10 billion. Will we be able to provide clothing, housing, medication, and more importantly: supply them with food?

Predictably and inescapably, conflicts will arise from this future scarcity of resources. People will be forced to migrate in order to flee war, hunger and extreme poverty, in addition to environmental catastrophes. The ideas of sustainable development that animate progressive global strategies to tackle climate-change may waiver and fail to be implemented in a situation where it is not yet clear if all our technology will be of great help, or whether it will be used by governments in ways that will only exacerbate the problem.

The aim of this conference, and of this theme is particular, is to open your mind to all the possible developments and challenges that a world 10 billion gives rise to, and to emphasise how, facing such complex and perilous scenarios and dilemmas, international cooperation not only seems to be necessary, but really is in fact vital for the protection of humanity and of the 10 million species we share our planet with.

On behalf of everyone in the Secretariat, I hope that you enjoy the Conference, and that all the thoughts and the debates you will come across in your Committees will always stay with you.

Good luck,
Serena Cavasin – Secretary General

THE TEAM

Meet our Secretariat for 2016
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Serena Cavasin

Secretary General
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Silvia Suveti

Deputy Secretary General
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Maria Khan

USG – Logistics
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Guillaume Franchot

USG – Finance
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Evelyn Mantoiu

USG – PR
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Ruchika Nongrum

USG – Chairing
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Daniela Orrego

USG – Socials

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