The GIMUN 2016 Annual Conference, held from March 7th to 11th at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, gathered around 200 students for a model UN. In the next few days, we will have the honour of publishing reports on the six committees’ debates, brought to you by the journalists of the GIMUN Chronicles.
By Roberta Marangi
Thirty hours, twenty-five delegates, five full days, a presidency made of two highly professional members, two journalists, taking turns in recounting all that has happened in the Salle XXVI of the Palais des Nations. And one final report to try and bring back to life all that has happened. Read the rest of this entry »
In light of recent events, GIMUN’s blog has decided to publish a special series on the theme of terrorism. Today, Nayana Das gives us her analysis on how terrorist organisations are supported by States.
The sponsorship of terrorism by sovereign States to further foreign policy agendas represents a lethal source for the sustenance of international terrorism today. Such sponsorship came to the fore as a serious multilateral concern in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Read the rest of this entry »
You may not have not noticed, but over the last few months “UNO You Know!?” has gone through a period of transition, and since the start of the new academic year, the GIMUN blog’s team has changed. There are now two new editors, a new head of translation, and several new journalists and translators. Read the rest of this entry »
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Politicians across the American political spectrum have long advocated an energy policy that would ultimately lead to a so-called “energy independence”. Time and time again, this independence has been hailed as the solution to the average American paying high gas prices. During the last presidential campaign, Michelle Bachman and Newt Gingrich even announced specific amounts to which they would lower gas prices ($2 and $2.50 per gallon, respectively). Read the rest of this entry »
It would seem that the United States are struggling to maintain a strong hand over the situation in Ukraine. Whilst other European countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom are taking a rather wimpy and weak approach to the issues with Russia. America has made active gestures to attempt a unification of Europe against the federation of Russia. Read the rest of this entry »
Disclaimer: This article does not necessarily represent the journalist’s point of view. It is supposed to analyze the situation through the eyes of a specific country, in this case Iran.
Responding to continuous allegations by the United States and Israel that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, Iran has reiterated its position, stating that it has not and will not seek to develop these, and that it believes that Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and nuclear weapons around the world should be annihilated. Read the rest of this entry »
by Medgy Liburd
Nuclear power plants are still a novelty in the Latin American and the Caribbean region. So far, there are two in Argentina, two in Mexico and two in Brazil (where a third one is on construction).
Like Argentina, Brazil had projects on nuclear energy technology based on natural uranium since the mid-1930s. After abandoning these first projects, the Brazilian government focused on the next plan: Angra 1 in 1985 (a nuclear power plant), followed by Angra 2 in 2001 and the construction of Angra 3 that should be operational by 2018. Read the rest of this entry »
On Monday, 17th March 2014 the 25th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva focussed on an important issue of the four-week conference: the Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In one of the most eagerly expected events of the Council, the Commission of Inquiry presented its report on the human rights situation in the DPRK followed by comments from the member states of the Council, as well as from certain human rights organizations.
It was during an always unlucky Friday 13th at the Geneva Press Club that Ma Thida’s press conference took place. But who is Ma Thida? She is a surgeon and a writer. But she is also a former political prisoner, and, for some, a hero – and it is impossible to mention heroic political prisoners without remembering the late great Nelson Mandela and the select group that both he and Ma Thida are a part of: people who are improving the world through peaceful action in their own country. Today, her courage, her drive, and her love for an honourable debate can be seen in her two magazines, as well as her radio show for young people. But is the press, which she represents, really free? This is the theme behind the “Freedom of the press in Burma” question and answer session. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sarah Payne
The first ever annual report of armed violence and conflict was launched this week by the Geneva Academy, representing a significant and possibly very controversial account of the changing nature of global conflict and the application of international law. Read the rest of this entry »
By Euan O’Neill
On the second of December 2013, after a weekend in which the Ukrainian protests had been cemented in the public consciousness, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights held a seminar at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on effective measures and best practices to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests. The Seminar comprised a panel of international legal and human rights experts, representing states, academia and human rights organisations and its findings were reported to the Human Rights Council. Read the rest of this entry »
On November 29th, an ‘anticapitalist, feminist and ecologic movement’ based in the French part of Switzerland called SolidaritéS, organized a two-days’ debate around the constantly current topic of the Arab spring: Mass movements and revolutionary processes in the Middle East and North Africa. Many different angles were treated to give the audience a more complete image of the phenomena but the most enlightening speech took a look of what is happening behind the scenes: the impact of the petrol states on the Arab spring. Read the rest of this entry »
Nowadays, the future of Europe is subject to a fairly bleak prognosis, with the financial recession continuing to put the institutions of the European Union to the test. Yet over and above this economic slump, the number of hopeful prospects and initiatives is growing and keeping alive the dream of a Europe capable of captivating the rest of the world by setting not merely a contemporary example worthy of observation, but one to follow and from which much can be learnt. Read the rest of this entry »
World Food Day 2013 was once again celebrated on 16th October for the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, of the United Nations. For the third time the University of Geneva organized an event dealing with this topic, this time in collaboration with the FAO, the World Food Program (WFP) and Swissaid Genève.
The title of the event, ‘9 billion habitants by 2050 – How to feed them in an equitable and sustainable way?’ included both the fundamental issue FAO is working on – how to feed the world – and the current trend of approaching development from a sustainable point of view. Indeed it should be acknowledged that we really need to look further into the future. In a few years times there will be around two billion more people to feed. The four speakers of the evening had a tough topic to discuss.
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by Jacqueline Douniama; translation by Claudia Bragman
On 7 March 2013, the “International Women’s Day; Protection & Promoting Women’s Rights” conference was held in the Palais des Nations. This was a taster session before the International Women’s Day taking place the next day. If anyone thought that this event only catered for radical feminists, they were wrong. On the contrary, the conference was led by a variety of key figures (although, one must admit that men were in the minority). These individuals came from various regions and most of them were lecturers, directors or representatives of international organisations that aim to develop women’s rights in specific contexts. Read the rest of this entry »
by Lena Becker
On October 31st, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva organized a conference on “Reforming the working methods of the United Nations Security Council”. It assembled a group of high-profile academics and practitioners working on UN issues, including the Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in Geneva and Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Nations. The occasion was a reform proposal by Small Five (Switzerland, Costa Rica, Liechtensctein, Jordan, Singapore) from April 2012. (For more information, please see : http://graduateinstitute.ch/corporate/resources/events_types/calendarofevents_en.html?evenementId=148008.) Read the rest of this entry »
by Alexandra Ilic; translated into English by Claudia Bragman
(Conference-debate on Thursday 15 November 2012)
This debate was organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) together with the Academy of Humanitarian Law. Participants included Dr. Sévane Garibian, doctor of law, Professor Marco Sassoli, also a former delegate of the ICRC, Maître Philip Grant, lawyer and TRIAL director, and Maitre Philippe Currat, lawyer and doctor of law.
As Maitre Philip Grant underlined, such an event could never have taken place or, at least, never have brought together so many people 20 years ago. Therefore, the very existence of this conference does indeed prove that a new culture, fighting against impunity, is emerging. Read the rest of this entry »
Camille Dufresne ; translated into English by Claudia Bragman
On Thursday 25 October Mr Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, made a speech as part of the various programmes led by the University of Geneva to celebrate Switzerland’s 10-year membership to the UN. Mr Tokayev initially defined the current major upheavals; he then went on to discuss their repercussions on the UN. Read the rest of this entry »
by Jacqueline Douniama ; translatetd into English by Claudia Bragman
The UN is the most well-known organisation across the globe. It has a strong presence in the media, where it is mentioned almost daily. It strives to maintain peace and guarantee international security. It is interesting to try and understand how Switzerland contributes to UN projects. The Swiss Foreign Policy Forum (« Foraus ») organised an conference on 17 October 2012 and this provided us with more information on the topic. Read the rest of this entry »
by Marie-Ambrym Thivoyon ; translated into English by Claudia Bragman
From 29 November to 2 December 2012, around fifty young students and professionals from all around the world gathered for Youth Perspectives organised by GIMUN. This event was unlike the annual conference held in March where students speak as State delegates. In this case, Youth Perspectives gives each person the opportunity to express him or herself as an individual and debate on topics related to youth, using their own experiences. The theme of the event was « the role of young people in achieving the Millennium Development Goals » and the aim was to find concrete solutions for reducing poverty in areas of migration, voluntary work, social media and unemployment. Consequently, the participants were divided into four discussion groups of around twelve people who were supervised by two moderators. Read the rest of this entry »
Orphée Mouthuy; translated into English by Claudia Bragman
On Tuesday 23 October 2012, Ms Marie-Josée de Saint-Robert, chief of the Language Services Department, Ms Irène Abrahamian, UN interpreter, and Mr Jesús Guerrero, chief of the Languages section, gave a presentation on the different sections of the Languages Services Department at the United Nations. This took place as part of the seminar on Switzerland’s 10-year membership to the UN. Indeed in the United Nations, linguistic diversity is divided into three main areas: translation, interpreting and language training. Read the rest of this entry »
translated into English by Claudia Bragman
The 32nd World Food Day took place on 16 October 2012. The FAO and the University of Geneva organised a round table for the occasion. This included Jean Ziegler, the vice-president of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and former first rapporteur for the United Nations on the right to food, Fabien Pouille, senior agronomist at the ICRC, Cecile Molinier, Director of the United Nations Development Programme in Geneva and Laurence Boisson de Chozournes, professor of international law and international organisations and member of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee.
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