A Letter from the Secretaries General
As Secretaries General, we are pleased and proud to invite you to the 16th annual session of the Junior Model United Nations Development Programme (JMUNDP). With our conference being changed to Junior Model United Nations Development Programme, we aim to establish solutions to global issues by achieving prosperity in a time of chaos, utilizing our eight well-chosen committees set forth by our executive team.
This year, JMUNDP will be held virtually from the 21st to the 23rd of May. Despite the current situation of COVID-19, we can reassure all who partake that there will be no gap regarding conference quality and prosperity in comparison to any of the succeeding 15 JMUN conferences.
Our conference is directed towards further informing middle school and high school students on topics regarding politics, economy and global issues. JMUNDP aims to introduce the structure and general conduct of Model United Nations to our delegates with support from our knowledgeable student officers and executive team. Each year our conference continues to grow and improve ensuring that our participants will have a memorable JMUN experience.
This year the theme of our conference is “Achieving Prosperity in a Time of Chaos”. The main goal is set as to unite all those willing to work together in an effort to establish possible solutions for worldwide issues at a time of crisis. Thus, recognizing the importance of finding immediate and plausible solutions, which yet are effective is critical in an ever-changing world. We must recognize the relevancy of current events, and implement immediate action through cooperation and effort in order to achieve successful relations and a brighter future.
JMUNDP is the sole Junior Model United Nations conference worldwide which models the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in relation to the Model United Nations Programme (MUNDP) held at the Koc High School.
UNDP promotes approaching problems with the integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include themes such as Good Health and Wellbeing, Climate Action and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions which can be majorly related to the ongoing status quo. This year’s theme was specifically chosen to provide a debating simulation in which prevalent and crucial topics will be discussed and confronted, notwithstanding ongoing crisis’.
Two agenda items were deliberately chosen by eight planning committees to highlight the accomplishment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through the pursuit of global collaboration and creativity. These agenda topics include finding answers to current global challenges such as educational gender disparities and information privacy. When debating these important topics, delegates will find themselves aiming to defend their national policies, establishing a heated discussion atmosphere where everyone has the potential to participate.
Participating in one of our special committees is another chance for delegates. We decided this year to include the Security Council of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the Economic and Social Council, as well as the Committee on Sustainable Development. Due to their special procedures and purposes, these committees vary from others.The International Court of Justice allows delegates, when ruling on international disputes, to acquire a sense of courtroom protocol. By shaping ethical and economic values, the Economic and Social Council advocates change. The Sustainable Development Commission is specifically aimed at meeting the seventeen principles of sustainable development. On the other hand, it is of critical significance for the United Nations Security Council to be the only UN body allowed to take urgent action under the required circumstances.
We have spent countless hours working on perfecting the online conference with our organization and content assistants over the last few months. We would be glad, as the Executive Committee, to see you participating in our conference this May.
Kaan Doğan Ceyhan