Welcome to MUNUM XXXI’s Security Council! Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Josh Hasler, your Committee’s Co-Director. I am a Senior here at the University of Michigan pursuing an honors degree in History and Political Science. I’m very happy to answer any questions you might have about the University of Michigan, the Honors College, MUNUM, or anything else you might be wondering about regarding life on campus.
I am very excited for our Security Council this year. We will be focusing primarily on two important issues that will only grow in significance over the course of the coming century: transboundary water conflicts and nuclear weapon security and maintenance. Both topics have the potential to heighten international tensions, destabilize regions, and even potentially spark armed conflict, if the circumstances are grave enough. Thus, it will be important for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take actions to ameliorate the negative impacts of these issues and, above all else, promote peace.
Anyone who follows international news knows that crises can be sparked quickly, prompting the various actors in a conflict to act with little-to-no warning; regions with simmering tensions can quickly become major geopolitical flashpoints when cooler heads to not prevail. As such, this year’s Security Council will be fast-paced and crisis-based. Delegates should come prepared to engage in vigorous debate on the previously discussed topics but should also expect to have to quickly change gears to address immediate risks to international peace and security.
All of us here at MUNUM have high expectations for our delegates, especially delegates in the Security Council. These expectations extend to both a delegate’s preparedness and engagement relating to their committee work and also to a delegate’s personal conduct at MUNUM. This should be a welcoming, safe, and positive experience for all delegates and therefore we ask that you treat your peers with the utmost respect. While another delegate may be acting against your country’s goals and you may become frustrated, this should never be responded to with personal animosity or hostility directed at other delegates or MUNUM staff. If you have any concerns while at the conference, please do not hesitate to pull a staff member aside and let us know.
I’d like to conclude by reaffirming how excited I am for committee and to meet all of you. I’ve been involved in Model UN and Model Congress since my sophomore year of High School and this will be my first time directing a committee. I hope that this will be a Model UN experience you’ll always remember!