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- Assistance of the General Assembly and Security Council when requested;
- Creation of the commissions and convocation of the international conferences;
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- Work coordination of specialized agencies along with funds & programmes;
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Agenda: The impact of unilateral extraterritorial coercive economic measures on the quality of life
Asare Samuel Asiedu
Delegates and observers
Artur Garipov, Oyundelger Tsogtsaikhan
It is my honor to welcome you to C-MIMUN 2023. I am extremely grateful for being able to invite you to participate in the work of the Economic and Social Council which this year is to discuss matters of utmost importance to the international community.
In the recent decade, the concept of unilateral coercive economic measures has been aggressively applied to force independent states to change their political directions or comply with certain narratives from more powerful and influential global players. Not only is the imposition of sanctions and trade bans illegitimate and unjustified, it negatively impacts social stability and quality of life of people living in the affected countries. What we are witnessing now in sanctioned states is a complex issue entangling political unrest, food security, booming unemployment, human rights violations and other alarming trends.
Therefore, it is my duty to encourage you to take effective measures and alleviate the consequences of the hostile economic leverages. I hope that your substantial contribution will resolve the problem significantly as I expect meaningful and fruitful debates that will bring us to consensus. To conclude, I do believe that this experience will further help you develop professional competencies and improve your soft communicative skills.
I look forward to meeting you all during our sessions!
President of the Economic and Social Council
I am very glad to welcome you to the Churkin International Model United Nations 2023. I am looking forward to interacting with you and finding solutions to the crucial problems at hand.
The term “unilateral coercive measures” usually refers to economic measures taken by one State to compel a change in the policy of another State. More recently, so-called “smart” or “targeted” sanctions such as asset freezing and travel bans have been implemented to countries across the world by other States and its impacts are felt immensely.
These measures can impact the full enjoyment of human rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular the rights of everyone to a standard of living adequate for their health and well-being, including food and medical care, housing and necessary social services.
I advise all delegates to do proper research and prepare as we find solutions to these problems. All great leaders and world icons had a starting point. This could be yours. Do not forget to have fun and enjoy the process.
Vice President of the Economic and Social Council
Samuel Asiedu Asare
On behalf of the Expert of the ECOSOC at the C-MIMUN 2023, it is my absolute pleasure to welcome you, esteemed delegate, to become a part of our committee!
UECEM — this abbreviation at the first sight poses as something totally incomprehensible. But there is an exciting, extremely topical issue behind sophisticated covering. Multiple states are suffering nowadays from imposing of UECEM as they devastatingly affect basic economic indicators intricately tied to quality of life along with putting the enjoyment of human rights at risk. Alas, the problem is far from being solved yet.
But together we have a chance to break the impasse. It is our domain of expertise and will to establish a sound foundation through final resolution that would eradicate UECEM from the practice of international relations.
Upcoming sessions, heated debates, superb English and oratorical practice will accompany you amid all unforgettable 7 days of the C-MIMUN 2023!
And remember, the formal proceedings are but a part of the model concept. Here you will find fellow-thinkers, a kind-hearted secretariat, an amazing cultural programme and overall memorable experience.
Get ready to delve into the vibe of the United Nations!
Expert of the Economic and Social Council,
Let me wholeheartedly welcome you to the annual Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations!
The Economic and Social Council is back with yet another captivating agenda, which is in need of effective solutions and new ideas to minimize its snowballing consequences. Unilateral economic measures have an enormous influence on a country’s political stability and economic performance, but also the inhabitants’ quality of life. Many of these people are children and other vulnerable populations, who constantly suffer from the consequences of unilateral measures that reflect on even the smallest aspects of their everyday life, such as limited access to essential goods and services. The Presidium wants the delegates of the committee to do everything from finding a reasonable solution for people to be able to experience a full enjoyment of basic human rights and to even possibly bringing a consensus among the ‘sender’ and the ‘target’ countries.
Every delegate is expected to have the agenda sufficiently comprehended and actively engage in discussions during the committee sessions. However, do not be afraid thinking about what’s about to happen. Buckle up, do your research and prepare yourself for the most rewarding 6-day debate journey of the upcoming spring. After all, MUNs are all about being confident and believing in yourself.
As the expert of this committee, I will try my best to involve all my delegates in heated debates as well as providing them with extensive knowledge and specifications of diplomacy, the UN and, of course, the Economic and Social Council.
I genuinely hope you are as excited as I am to be a part of C-MIMUN 2023.
Expert of the Economic and Social Council,
One of the essential parts that need to be done by you in order to be selected from a pool of qualified applicants who wish to be a part of the Economic and Social Council in C-MIMUN 2023 is the submission of an essay. The essay will contain a short study of the committee’s agenda, ‘The Impact of Unilateral Extraterritorial Economic Measures on Quality of Life’. The essay will not only help you stand out among other applicants, but also prepare for the upcoming interview. Here are some recommendations suggested by the experts of ECOSOC on writing an excellent thesis:
● Your essay should be around 250-500 words long;
● It should consist of three parts: the introduction, the main part and the conclusion.
● The introduction will contain the theoretical part of the work.
● Describe the topic in simple phrases and outline the main problem we should be discussing throughout the committee sessions.
● The main body will consist of various analyses, including information from the experts’ report and define the causes, the current situation and the consequences the problem is bringing to the world.
● The conclusion is a part where you get to be a little more creative and propose your own ideas on how this issue could be tackled for it to completely diminish.
To correctly outline the agenda, you may use the following UN documents:
— Report on the biennial Human Rights Council panel discussion on unilateral coercive measures and human rights (2019);
— Thematic study of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, including recommendations on actions aimed at ending such measures (2012);
— Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on the Enjoyment of Human Rights
The essay represents your own opinion on the issue, not the stance of a particular country, as you are not yet assigned one. Please carefully examine the Experts’ Report and outline the committee agenda accordingly. Do not forget to use exclusively official informational sources and limit your opinion with facts. Lastly, please list the sources you have used to write your essay and avoid plagiarism.
In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the experts of the committee, we will gladly help you. Good luck!
If you are reading this, there’s a high chance you have been assigned a country after the interview we have conducted. As a result of the interview, you have been accepted to be a part of the Economic and Social Council in C-MIMUN 2023 and represent the given country throughout the whole event. So let us congratulate you for making it through the delegate selection process!
The following and last stage of the conference preparation is going to be of utmost importance. You will now be required to submit a Position Paper (position statement), which is a short and on-point speech that represents your country’s stance on the committee’s agenda, which is ‘The Impact of Unilateral Extraterritorial Economic Measures on Quality of Life’. The paper is strictly political and should not include your personal beliefs and opinions. Your Position Paper will help you deliver your Opening Speech (Position Statement) at the very beginning of the committee sessions. The delegate is required to write at least one-page document to better understand the topic and their respective country’s stance and policies. It is written before the model and submitted to the chairs for a chance to get an award. It should not be confused with working paper or draft resolution paper, as they are written during the process of the committee sessions.
1) Outline the Topic Background
a) Establish what your topic is;
b) Define key terms.
2) Past International Actions, Proposed solutions
a) What UN programs, events, resolutions, and agreements your country has participated in and whether or not they have been successful;
b) How effective were these? Consider what went right, and what could you improve upon.
3) Country policy
a) Summarize your country’s own stance on the issue and what they believe the international community should do to resolve the issue;
b) Do not let your own opinion clash with your respective country’s policies.
4) Possible solutions
a) Propose solutions to resolve the issues at hand based on your country’s perspective on the issue.
● 1-2 pages long
● Font: Times New Roman
● Font size: 14
Remember that you have to represent the position of your assigned country. Therefore you should not speak in the first person (“I”), but with the voice of the Committee Member you represent. Use the following phrases: “Our Government
/ Nation”, “Our Organization”, “The Delegation of ____.”
You may offer your own ideas as possible projects to solve the problem, but bear in mind that they should not contradict the policies of the state/organization you represent.
You may conduct your research utilizing the following information sources:
● Official speeches of the permanent representatives of your country to the UN;
● United Nations Digital Library System;
● Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) website;
● OHCHR website;
● Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders;
● Official websites of ministries of your respective country;
● Information sources mentioned in the experts’ report;
● Official websites of different UN bodies.
NOTE: Wikipedia is neither an acceptable nor reliable source of information for C- MIMUN.
If you have any additional questions regarding the position papers or just the model in general, please feel free to contact us, the experts of ECOSOC.
Country list: Representative: 1 Afghanistan Yekaterina Borodeiko 2 Argentina Anna Glebova 3 Austria Olga Telegina 4 Belgium Maria Zaslavskaya 5 Belize 6 Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Ekaterina Zavalina 7 Botswana Andrei Orin 8 Brazil Anudari Dagvasuren 9 Bulgaria President 10 Cameroon 11 Canada Vyacheslav Sverkunov 12 Cape Verde Agapova Elizaveta 13 Chile Anna Stoliarova 14 China Rustam Garipov 15 Colombia Andreas Coclet 16 Costa Rica Alexander Sappinen 17 Côte d’Ivoire Ilya Zvonov 18 Croatia Anastasia Tsar 19 Czech Republic Rachel Lloyd 20 Denmark Yuriy Emelyanov 21 Equatorial Guinea Андрей Васильевич 22 Eswatini Anna Aleksandrova 23 France Svetlana Stroiteleva 24 Greece Danil Ardiev 25 Guatemala 26 India Mark Pliushchanskii 27 Indonesia Yuriy Markosov 28 Israel Sara Shaimerdenova 29 Italy Olga Gorshkova 30 Japan Nikita Tikhomirov 31 Kazakhstan Stanislav Tsyplukhin 32 Laos Dmitriy Makurin 33 Liberia Ivan Smirnoff 34 Libya Gregory Golovin 35 Madagascar Anna Krylova 36 Mauritius Григорий Подчуфаров 37 Mexico Maria Zhigalova 38 New Zealand Angelina Kozlova 39 Nigeria Vera Kulakova 40 Oman Nataliya Sakharova 41 Peru Muazzamkhon Khalilova 42 Portugal Daniil Sergienko 43 Qatar Alina Kolomojtseva 44 Republic of Korea Daniil Kravchenko 45 Slovakia Anastasia Ivanova 46 Slovenia Roman Abrashin 47 Solomon Islands 48 Sweden Anastasia Gaponenko 49 Thailand Maksim Antonenko 50 Tunisia Alexandra Poltoratskaya 51 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Farida Akhmedova 52 United Republic of Tanzania Marina Timoshenko 53 United States of America Evgeny Kharyushin 54 Zimbabwe Angelina Levkovich Observers: 1 Iran Anna Kazakova 2 OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) 3 Russian Federation Valeriya Poryadina 4 United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)