Dear Delegates,

In 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 globe. These extend from serious violations of sovereignty to small, localized disputes.

Take, for instance, the situation in Ukraine. With almost the same strategy that Hitler used when he annexed Czechoslovakia, Putin has done the same by annexing Crimea. There is little the West can do except impose economic sanctions. Military intervention is a no-no against a nuclear power. Europe is afraid that Russia will cut off its supplies of gas.

There 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 thought its problems were over with the creation of Southern Sudan, but the region is in ethnic conflict. Nigeria's north is in flames with the Islamist organization, Boko Haram, killing and kidnapping civilians with impunity.

In cases like these the United Nations finds itself helpless.The reasons vary: the power of the parties concerned, its own constitutional constraints, 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 nations’. 

While this is true, the United Nations has an impressive record in solving national disputes and in preventing local wars.

Since 1948, the U.N. has helped end conflicts and foster reconciliation in dozens of countries including the Congo, Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Namibia and Tajikistan. In other cases, the U.N. has brought its peacekeeping efforts to bear in such recent operations as Sierra Leone, Burundi, Haiti and Liberia. However, the lack of independence of the UNPKF along with its extremely strict mandate leads to a significant decrease in the efficacy of such troops.

The only alternative is mutual communication, discussion of varying standpoints, efforts toward conciliation, in other words: the language of diplomacy. And the only existing forum for this is the United Nations.

The 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 diplomacy, it can claim some considerable successes. Among the most dramatic was the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, when U.N. diplomacy helped avert a conflagration that would have engulfed the world.

With all its imperfections, the United Nations is, after all, the only hope for our desperate world.

This is where we must realize the importance of MUN conferences like CMUN. I have learnt several things over the years from MUN conferences, but most importantly, I have learnt that mankind can never lose faith in diplomacy.

Violence and rebuke is the easiest path to jump to, but it leads to disastrous repercussions every time. This is why it is essential that we learn now, at a school level, the importance of learning how to maturely deal with problems using compromise and policy.

CMUN this year has 9 committees, ranging from the Committee of 33 to the Historic Special Summit on the Balkans, accompanied by our traditional Press Corps.

This year we will be having the first Joint Crisis Cabinet in CMUN History, discussing the infamous Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979, which will be an extremely interesting committee, combining the features of a war cabinet with the politics of any diplomatic meet.

Here at CMUN we try to keep the standard of debate extremely high, and through a healthy dose of guest delegates we ensure committee proceedings never stagnate. I encourage all those schools interested in debates and MUN to contact us, as we are keen to expand and develop relationships with new schools every year.


Thanking you,


Yours faithfully,

Vivan Malkani,

Secretary General,

Cathedral Model United Nations, 2014.




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