an era of seeming peace, it may surprise you to know that, at any
given moment, there are more than 50 armed conflicts raging across the
These extend from serious violations of sovereignty to small, localized
for instance, the situation in Ukraine. With almost the same
strategy that Hitler used when he annexed Czechoslovakia, Putin has
same by annexing Crimea. There is little the West can do except impose
sanctions. Military intervention is a no-no against a nuclear power.
afraid that Russia will cut off its supplies of gas.
are other examples as well. The Syrian crisis drags on, with the
Assad regime and the rebels fighting a brutal war. In Sudan, the world
its problems were over with the creation of Southern Sudan, but the
in ethnic conflict. Nigeria's north is in flames with the Islamist
organization, Boko Haram, killing and kidnapping civilians with
cases like these the United Nations finds itself helpless.The reasons
vary: the power of the parties concerned, its own constitutional
the compulsions of political alliances, as a result of which, the
bitter fact is that the UN does
not actually live up to its promise of ‘equality for all
this is true, the United Nations has an impressive record in
solving national disputes and in preventing local wars.
1948, the U.N. has helped end conflicts and foster reconciliation
in dozens of countries including the Congo, Cambodia, El Salvador,
Namibia and Tajikistan. In other cases, the U.N. has brought its
efforts to bear in such recent operations as Sierra Leone, Burundi,
Liberia. However, the lack of independence of the UNPKF along with its
strict mandate leads to a significant decrease in the efficacy of such
only alternative is mutual communication, discussion of varying
standpoints, efforts toward conciliation, in other words: the language
diplomacy. And the only existing forum for this is the United Nations.
U.N. is not as powerless as it would seem to the naysayers who call
for its abolition. Through the medium of what we may call preventive
it can claim some considerable successes. Among the most dramatic was
missile crisis in 1962, when U.N. diplomacy helped avert a
would have engulfed the world.
all its imperfections, the United Nations is, after all, the only
hope for our desperate world.
is where we must realize the importance of MUN conferences like
CMUN. I have learnt several things over the years from MUN conferences,
most importantly, I have learnt that mankind can never lose faith in
and rebuke is the easiest path to jump to, but it leads to
disastrous repercussions every time. This is why it is essential that
now, at a school level, the importance of learning how to maturely deal
problems using compromise and policy.
this year has 9 committees, ranging from the Committee of 33 to the
Historic Special Summit on the Balkans, accompanied by our traditional
year we will be having the first Joint Crisis Cabinet in CMUN
History, discussing the infamous Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979,
will be an extremely interesting committee, combining the features of a
cabinet with the politics of any diplomatic meet.
at CMUN we try to keep the standard of debate extremely high, and
through a healthy dose of guest delegates we ensure committee
stagnate. I encourage all those schools interested in debates and MUN
contact us, as we are keen to expand and develop relationships with new
Model United Nations, 2014.