While debate commences across the many BosMUN committees, it is the responsibility of the Press Corps delegates to accurately report on the conversations taking place in our various modern General Assembly and ECOSOC committees. Delegates will be assigned a media organization to represent throughout the weekend, and whilst the delegates will not be directly influencing debate in the other committees, paying attention to all topics is essential to the success of this committee. It is our attempt at BosMUN this year to provide a live blog of the articles being written by the Press Corps delegates so that all BosMUN participants may follow along. This interactive experience will allow all delegates to read about what is going on in committees throughout the weekend.
United Nations Security Council
Perhaps one of the most principal bodies of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council shall be convening at BosMUN to discuss the maintenance of international peace and security. Being a committee of only fifteen delegations, the United Nations Security Council is a small but rapid pace committee that shall be forming resolutions alongside crisis updates. As stated under the charter of the United Nations, decisions made in this committee are obligatory to all UN member states, thereby increasing their immediate impact upon the world. However, in a committee where five member states possess veto power, strategic compromise and communication will be essential to the success of the delegates.
United Nations Security Council Future 2030
The year is 2030, just five short years since the passing of the amendment to the United Nations’ charter that has restructured the Security Council. The council rejected the Secretary General’s proposed models and instead currently resides twenty-five members large. Five permanent member states who do not possess veto power have been added to the original big five members: China, France, The Russian Federation, The United Kingdom, and The United States of America, who all retain their veto power. And whilst some conversation still revolves around the reformatting of the committee, the addition of a greater presence in the committee allows for a greater conversation to take place upon the matters of international security. In a world which has rapidly changed in recent years in regards to issues of international conflict, the newly enhanced Security Council is set to convene to establish not only lasting peace, but also a precedent that their amended structure can function properly.
International Court of Justice
Created under the Charter of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice began its work in April of 1946. In 2017 the ICJ is still one of the leading authority on matters of law, ruling on cases that comprise of contention between states in a binding manner, and non-binding rulings on questions of international law. As a delegate of the ICJ committee, representatives will portray the roles of judges in the ICJ. Judges will then listen to testimonies brought before the court and in collaboration with their prior research, will present opinions and decisions on the topic at hand. And while many ICJ cases are decided in many years, the judges of the ICJ at BosMUN will have but the weekend to provide sound legal judgment.
International Monetary Fund
With a membership of 189 states, the International Monetary Fund provides the opportunity for countries to convene and discuss matters of global monetary cooperation, financial stability, international trade, employment, poverty, and sustainable economic growth. Forming out of the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, the IMF seeks to manage a “balance of payments”. Members of the IMF provide funds to the organization on a quota system. These funds are then redistributed to member states who are having troubles maintaining a “balance of payments”. Whilst other financial bodies of the UN may convene to promote economic growth in particular regions, the IMF is designed to ensure the stability of the global market and its members through this pooled fund.
International Atomic Energy Agency
The International Atomic Energy Agency presents a unique opportunity to the United Nations. Established independently by the IAEA Statute, the IAEA still reports to the General Assembly and Security Council on matters of nuclear technology, both the peaceful promotion of nuclear power and the halting of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The IAEA also is charged with the management of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and its three principle functions: to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, to promote the use of nuclear energy, and disarmament of current nuclear weapons. While reigning as the chief principle body on the topic, the IAEA becomes a committee of increasing importance as we move forward and increase our knowledge and technology of nuclear affairs in an ever rapidly shifting world.
The International Federation of Association Football, as translated into English, is the governing body regarding association football, futsal, and beach soccer. Presiding over the international tournaments of the World Cup and the Women’s World Cup, FIFA represents a governing body that has the ability to influence nations and individuals to promote its goals. In 2004, however, Andrew Jennings released an account of corruption scandals within the organization of FIFA. Since the first account presented, countless others have stepped forward to cite the corruption of FIFA on such topics as bribery, influencing laws regarding tax exemption of FIFA, influencing laws regarding the rights of workers under FIFA, failure to investigate the listed corruption claims, and many more. With the World Cup set to take place in the following year (2018), FIFA must address the corruption within its structure and whether or not the results in the splitting of the group into a body monitoring corruption in the sport and a separate body to handle marketing, or the disbanding of FIFA all together.
Congress of Vienna
As the sun rises on this day in November 1814, ambassadors from all over Europe convene together to discuss the future of Europe. Having just witnessed the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars, Europe is no longer in the state of affairs to proceed with more fighting. It is thereby the charge of this committee to resize and restructure Europe and its countries to ensure that no such revolutions or wars begin. With the lose of French territory and the recent expansion of Prussia, Austria, and Russia, it brings into question if one of these nations will make a move to domineer the landscape of Europe, or if a smaller nation such as the newly formed Netherlands will grasp much power. The fate and future of Europe may be decided by this committee’s rulings for years to come.