Model UN in Israel went up a notch when 150 delegates and chairs from 30 different countries got together in for the JLMUN 2019 conference.
JLMUN 2019 started on April 14th, 2019, and concluded on April 18th, 2019. The conference was held to very high expectations, which were, with no doubt, met. The conference was run by IMUNA (Israeli Model United Nations Association) and held at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with support from the American Center Jerusalem, and the American, Dutch, and Canadian embassies, and other international sponsors. As the first international level, 5-day MUN conference to be run by IMUNA in Jerusalem, it was the brainchild of Secretary-General Natalie Raidl and Under-Secretary-General Ari Karp.
The conference included 7 committees: Security Council, NATO, United Nations General Assembly – Sixth Committee (Legal), ECOSOC, European Council, Joint Cabinet Crisis, and the Press Corps.
The Security Council debated Cybersecurity and Cybercrimes, and their second topic was agreeing upon an international definition for terrorism. The Delegate of the Dominican Republic, Eliran Ben Yair said that “the delegates’ level is very high, and I feel challenged. I enjoy challenges, it makes the committee more fun and interesting.”
While NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is not a UN committee, it is no less exciting. They too debated two topics – the future of NATO (potential enlargement) and countering Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. The Delegate of Estonia, Gaia Kinrot, described the committee as “very interesting. There are a lot of opinions, and the delegates are very intelligent people.”
The Legal Committee (the Sixth UN General Assembly Committee) debated criminal accountability of UN personnel as their first topic and Immunity of heads of state and other state officials as their second. This was one of the advanced committees and included only 12 delegates. “When we were debating the first topic (accountability of UN personnel) we started off with two coalitions, but we ended up merging resolutions and working together. We believed we accomplished a lot, and it’s really great working with all countries”, said the delegate of the UK.
The ECOSOC Committee (UN Economic and Social Council) discussed two topics as well:
“Reconciling cultural traditions with the need to educate girls and women”, and “How emerging technologies can be utilized in order to accomplish sustainable development goals.”
Regarding the committee, the Delegate of Argentina said: “the committee has good vibes, amazing chairs, and very fruitful discussions.”
The European Council (EC), like NATO, though not a UN committee was certainly interesting. In the EC the delegates will be reviewing the Dublin III Regulation on Asylum Seekers and will be discussing The Future Direction and Priorities for Establishing the Energy Union within the Single Market. This committee was described as “very productive, we came right to a conclusion. Everyone is very supportive,” by the delegate of France.
The Joint Cabinet Crisis runs in a very different way from traditional MUN committees. It is far more dynamic and much less formal. The Crisis topic in Vietnam in 1954, starting with the Geneva Accords, and following North and South Vietnam from there. The delegates write directives, which is an action they decided to take, and later on, they will see the outcome of their actions. Binyamin Voskoboynik from the backroom (the staff that decides how the directives are implemented) told Diplomacy that this crisis “is very strong and will end in a bang!”
Last but not least, the Press Corps. The Press writes articles about all that’s going on in the conference, so don’t forget to follow us! Shelly Kopatz, the representative of the New York Times, said that “I had a lot of fun. I think the press is very important, it gives another perspective on the topics. Sometimes I hear delegates discussing our articles!”
Altogether, this conference was run very smoothly, with fascinating topics, and amazing people. It is a highly recommended conference, and will only be better next year!
Photo Credit: Debate for Peace