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UNASMUN 2017: Allocations and Preparations

Welcome to UNASMUN 2017!

With almost 800 participants from 65 schools in Singapore, the seventh edition of the United Nations Association of Singapore Model United Nations (UNASMUN) is our biggest, and most diverse conference yet.

Important: An email containing the following information has also been sent to all delegates. If you did not receive that email, do check your Spam or Junk folder, and be sure to add yohanes[a]prepmun.sg to your address book.

These are the three things you should do to prepare for UNASMUN:

1. Check your country and committee allocations.

Search your allocation documents (by school) to check the country and committee you have been assigned to. If you have been assigned to our Xingu River Crisis Simulation, your allocations will be released on Friday, 10 November.

There are four tracks:

i. Committees for first-timers, Category A (CSW, DISEC, SOCHUM, ECOSOC, HRC, ILO, SPECPOL, WHO, UNDP, and UNODC);
ii. Specialised committees for those with experience at one or more conferences (Single Delegate), Category BEuropean Commission, the African Union (AU), , and the United States Senate);
iii. Double Delegate Committees, Category B/Category C: ASEAN +3, the Arab League (AL), the Union of South American Nations (USAN), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
iv. Category C: The crisis committees (the Xingu River Crisis) – specific allocations should have been sent to your email address.

Do note that delegates assigned to ASEAN +3, USAN, AL, SCO, and UNSC have been assigned to double delegations within the same school, or have indicated their choice of double delegate partner.

If you are unable to find your name in any of the lists, you are an independent delegate that has yet to make payment. Otherwise, please send an email to yohanes[a]prepmun.sg

*There are 3 individual delegate vacancies in UNSC. Delegates in UNSC who wish to transfer from their double delegation to one of the vacancies should send an email to academics[a]prepmun.sg, and copy (c.c.) yohanes[a]prepmun.sg in the email. 

2. Read your study guides.

There are study guides for each issue on the agenda. Some study guides have been uploaded, while the rest will be progressively updated by 15 November.

Please read through the study guides carefully and familiarise yourself with its contents. Questions may be directed to your committee’s student officers.

The relevant documents for the crisis simulation will be released on Friday, 10 November.

3. Prepare the documents.

i. If you are a delegate in the first-timer committees (Category A), you are required to complete a country matrix. You may refer to the guidelines for the document and a sample to get yourself started.
ii. If you are a delegate in the specialised committees (Category B/UNSC), prepare two position papers (one for each issue on the agenda). Guidelines can be found here; and
iii. If you are a delegate in the Xingu River Crisis simulation (Category C), do await further instruction (Friday, 10 November).

All documents should be sent to the respective committee chairs by December 8. When submitting your document, please name your file as “UNASMUN_Committee_Country.docx” (or .pdf), and send it to all the chairs in your committee.

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Announcing: UNASMUN Press Corps & Financial Assistance!

Dear Delegates,

We are pleased to announce two new initiatives:

1. Press Corps

We’re proud to introduce the Press Corp as this year’s addition to UNASMUN 2017!

Aimed at budding delegates-to-be or students curious about MUN, the Press Corp will provide a safe and engaging learning environment for students to be immersed in the conference experience.

As Journalists, students will be in the thick of action – reporting on committee events and writing editorials with a critical slant. Journalists will be allocated to Publishing Houses, where they will be given autonomy to work with fellow writers in producing engaging articles covering the matters and events arising from this year’s conference. Committee articles will not be the only editorials featured – Journalists are encouraged to pursue other mediums to discuss the topics up for debate as well, such as research and opinion columns. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to interview the conference’s distinguished guest speakers and pick their brains on the complex issues they have discussed

Students will not only hone their literary prowess as Journalists, but learn much about the intricacies of global affairs from getting involved with the debate happening in the conference proper.

Sign up here!

2. Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS)

In line with our mission of broadening access to Model UN conferences for every student in Singapore, we are offering to subsidize our UNASMUN 2017 conference fees for students from financially needy backgrounds.

Our subsidy scheme, guided by a means testing framework, offers subsidies depending on each student’s household’s Monthly Gross household Income (GHI) or Per Capita Income (PCI)

To be eligible for the Scheme, you should be under either the
i. MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS); or the
ii. MOE Independent School Bursary (ISB) Scheme

Please refer to this document for a more detailed outline of how our FAS will work.

To apply, simply fill up this Google form, and our Secretariat will get back to you as soon as we can.

We hope these two new initiatives will help more people access UNASMUN, and experience it in a different way.

Either way, we’re excited to host you from 19 to 22 December, and we hope you’re excited for the conference too!

Yours,
Yohanes Ng
Secretary-General, UNASMUN

UNASMUN 2017: Committees and Issues on the Agenda

There are three categories of committees, for delegates with different levels of experience:
– Category A for first-time Model UN participants;
– Category B for those who have prior Model UN experience; and
– Category C, for those who have a high level of experience in Model UN.
These include the crisis committees and the UNSC, reserved for those who indicated interest in the registration form. However, we may not be able to filter all delegates who indicate interest in Category C committees there, due to limited vacancies.

Delegates will be assigned to the committees randomly. Allocations will be released on 8 November 2017.

Category A Committees

Disarmament and International Security Committee
(DISEC, General Assembly First Committee)
Committee Chairs: Valen Yo (vxlennn[a]gmail.com), Tan Yong Yi (h1410112[a]nushigh.edu.sg), Neo Xiu Yang (neoxiuyang[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of safeguards and prevention against the utilisation of biological weaponry. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of the Central African Republic civil war. (Study Guide)

Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee
(SOCHUM, General Assembly Third Committee)
Committee Chairs: Amanda Lye Jue Yin (lye.jueyin.amanda[a]dhs.sg), Cheng Wan Jun (chengwanjunri2014[a]gmail.com), Tan Yi Juan Kimmie (kimmietan.zz[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of prevention and reduction of trafficking in persons (Study Guide)
    2. The question of provision of humanitarian aid in conflict zones. (Study Guide)

Special Political and Decolonisation Committee
(SPECPOL, General Assembly Fourth Committee)
Committee Chairs: Ang Jun Sheng Jordan (ang.jun.sheng.jordan.2017[a]vjc.sg), Melanie Ngo Mei Zhen (melanie.nmz[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of territorial disputes in the Arctic. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of the Yemeni Civil War. (Study Guide)

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Committee Chairs: Juhi Agrawal (agrawal.juhi.2017[a]vjc.sg), Kester Low Le En (kesterlow1221[a]gmail.com), Wong Kok Rui (h1410129[a]nushigh.edu.sg)

  1. The question of education in developing countries (Study Guide)
    2. The question of sustainable economic development in post-conflict nations. (Study Guide)

Human Rights Council (HRC)
Committee Chairs: Noel Lim Xue Jing (noellimxj[a]gmail.com), Niharika Goyal (goyalniharika02[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of the rights of internally displaced persons in Syria. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of the freedom of expression and assembly in Myanmar. (Study Guide)

World Health Organisation (WHO)
Committee Chairs: Tan Yuan En (yuanen77[a]gmail.com), Desiree Chong Ci En (iamdesireec[a]gmail.com), Ang Kok Chun (evan_ang[a]outlook.com)

  1. The question of genetically modified food. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of transplant trafficking. (Study Guide)

International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Committee Chairs: Zhao Yinglun Alan (alanzhaoseer[a]gmail.com), Wynsey Chen (wynsey.chen02[a]rafflesgirlssch.edu.sg)

  1. The question of the protection of the rights of migrant workers. (Study Guide)
    3. The question of child labour. (Study Guide)

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Committee Chairs: Nyang Ying Zhi (nyangyingzhi[a]gmail.com), Goh Tong Tong (gohtongtong[a]hotmail.com)

  1. The question of drug trafficking in the Carribean. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of wildlife crime in Africa. (Study Guide)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Committee Chairs: Hew Zi Heng (hew_zi_heng[a]s2014.sst.edu.sg), Chua Fang Wei (chua.fangwei[a]dhs.sg), Nicole Lim Jia Yin (niclimjiayin[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of industrial agriculture. (Study Guide).
    2. The question of protection of marine biodiversity. (Study Guide)

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Committee Chairs: Adam Seah Jun Hui (seahjunhui01[a]gmail.com), Leona Toh (noriko4749[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of state treatment of sexual assault victims. (Study Guide).
    2. The question of female access to education. (Study Guide)

Category B Committees

Association of Southeast Asian Nations Plus Three (ASEAN+3)
Committee Chairs: Sean Woon (seanwoon1234[a]gmail.com), Bebin Joseph (josephbebin[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of redefining ASEAN’s non-interventionist principle. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of formulating responses to extremist groups in ASEAN. (Study Guide)

The European Commission (EC)
Committee Chairs: Moh Jin Yin (jinyin.moh01[a]rafflesgirlssch.edu.sg), Elliot Kok Kin Fai (elliotkkf[a]gmail.com), Jeremiah Tan (jeremiahtan123[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of Brexit and its aftermath. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of terrorism and border security. (Study Guide)

The Arab League (AL)
Committee Chairs: Gareth Lim Yefeng (garethlimyefeng[a]gmail.com), Ren Jiayi (7114150024[a]nygh.edu.sg)

  1. The question of restructuring the Arab League. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of youth unemployment in the Arab World. (Study Guide)

The African Union (AU)
Committee Chairs: Aaditya Tibarewala (aaditya[a]tibarewala.com), Andrew Lau (andrewlaukk[a]gmail.com), Chin Jia Yi Ashley (ashleychinjy2909[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.(Study Guide)
    2. The question of the Burundi unrest with a focus on Hutu/Tutsi relations. (Study Guide)

The Union of South American Nations (USAN)
Committee Chairs: Najmus Sadat Nahian (nahian.000[a]gmail.com), Maisy Kim Tyan-Wei (kim.tyanwei.maisy[a]dhs.sg)

  1. The question of the Venezuelan crisis. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of preservation of the Amazon. (Study Guide)

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
Committee Chairs: Su Huangyi (su.huangyi[a]dhs.sg), Tessa Ho Yue Zhen (tessahyz[a]gmail.com), Arya Arun (aryaarun31[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of conflict resolution and codes of conduct for territorial disputes. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of the cooperation in Energy Security (Study Guide)

The United States Senate
Committee Chairs: Alexis Loh (alexisloh0[a]gmail.com), Tan Zhi Hua Joshua (joshuatan5201[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of sustainable development of the energy industry. (Study Guide)
    2. The question of police accountability in the States. (Study Guide)

Category C Committee: Non-Crisis

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
Committee Chairs: Nam Seongwook (nam.seongwook.2017[a]vjc.sg), Alexander Yean (alexanderyean[a]gmail.com)

  1. The question of the Rohingya Crisis (Study Guide)
    2. The threat to international security due to nuclear proliferation. (Study Guide)

Do refer to the main page for more information about the 2017 edition of the UNASMUN Preparatory Conference.