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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture. It has 193 member states and 12 associate members, as well as partners in the non-governmental, intergovernmental and private sector. Headquartered at the World Heritage Centre in Paris, France, UNESCO has 53 regional field offices and 199 national commissions that facilitate its global mandate.
UNESCO was founded in 1945 as the successor to the League of Nations’ International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation. UNESCO’s founding mission, which was shaped by the Second World War, is to advance peace, sustainable development and human rights by facilitating collaboration and dialogue among nations. It pursues this objective through five major programme areas: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication. UNESCO sponsors projects that improve literacy, provide technical training and education, advance science, protect independent media and press freedom, preserve regional and cultural history, and promote cultural diversity.
Agenda: Protection of cultural heritage and development of creative potential
Delegates and observers
Andrey Pisarevsky, Daria Petrovskaya
Warmest welcome to all of you to the C-MIMUN 2023!
I am deeply honoured to be working with you in the UNESCO committee this year!
The protection of cultural heritage is deemed to be a matter of great concern for countries all over the world. Finding new approaches to boost creative potential provides numerous obstacles likewise. What makes the preservation of culture vital in today’s world?
Behind every masterpiece there is always a story. A story of a man, a family, a nation. Something that was thoughtfully captured, created and carefully transferred to us, so we could be taught morals, values and traditions. Culture is the language we speak with our predecessors. And our mission is to save what we have been given, multiply what we have today and to assure the future generations of the ability to create. Embracing the past, present and future – that is what makes us mindful, caring, open to new experiences. In today’s interconnected world, it is also one of our most powerful resources to transform societies and renew ideas. It is UNESCO’s role to provide the tools and skills we need to make the most of its ultimate renewable energy.
Fortunately, the C-MIMUN 2023 is a space that nourishes creative insights, ambitious projects and provides successful negotiations. Seize this opportunity and get ready for a marvellous week full of new acquaintances, fruitful debates and outstanding performances!
The C-MIMUN 2023 is already here to celebrate your next masterpiece! Join UNESCO — make memories last a lifetime!
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Welcome to C-MIMUN 2023!
It’s a pleasure to work with all of you in the upcoming MUN in our committee UNESCO.
When we talk about heritage, we are talking about an identity. An identity of people, nations, and our collective human history. This identity should be protected, preserved, and saved to keep our footprint in the world readable and accessible for future generations. At UNESCO we work to bring peace and keep our global culture safe, we work for sustainable development of the human race and our resources, a world without extreme poverty of wealth and mind, we support education and those who seek it.
Honorable delegates, I am looking forward to amazing debates, heated but fruitful discussions, and great productivity. With your valuable time and hard work, you will achieve outstanding results. Join UNESCO and take your first step of making the world a slightly better place.
Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
It’s my sincere honor to welcome you to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee at the C-MIMUN 2023.
Hopefully, this year our collaborative and dense work will lead to productive results, what you will always remember as one of the most unforgettable experiences in your lives.
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. That’s why this year’s agenda concerning the protection of cultural heritage and the development of creative potential is extremely significant to follow and discuss, as it’s what the entire world must be constantly striving for. Various aspects of international development as a whole are strongly dependent upon the output produced by UNESCO’s observations and actions.
I am so much looking forward to having a productive and successful model, in which your position statements and the debate can lead to solve the key issues of our agenda.
I’m deeply honored to greet you on the margins of the Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations 2023 on behalf of the Expert of UNESCO.
As one of the UN bodies, UNESCO is a unique example of interaction in all spheres of human lives. For 75 years, UNESCO has been protecting the best that humanity has to offer and implementing sustainable development goals. This year’s agenda “Protection of cultural heritage and development of creative potential” is more relevant than ever: in today’s world, many cultural sites suffer from wars, natural disasters and looting. Therefore, our task is to develop and take measures, which can withstand both anthropogenic and natural factors, to protect cultural heritage and foster creativity. By acting responsibly, we will pass on to our descendants every single thing that was handed down to us by our ancestors.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at UNESCO sessions.
An essay is a coherent and concise paper which should reflect your profound awareness of the problem, ability to analyze necessary and relevant sources and present your findings in short, your views on the agenda and your ideas for its possible resolution. The essay will help us estimate your understanding of the issue and the contribution you will possibly make to its solution.
Writing a good essay is the key to be selected to any committee and especially to ours. The work represents a short analysis of the Report of the Expert and all the documentation mentioned in which you are to examine in order not only to send an application but also to pass an interview.
To make the process simpler, we highly recommend you to abide by the following essay structure:
- The advisable limit is 400-500 words.
- Your work should be divided into 3 parts: introduction, main body, and conclusion.
- The introduction describes the agenda and its historical background in general.
- The main body requires from you to show the knowledge of the Report of the Expert and explain why our current agenda is of crucial importance and what actions UNESCO is taking to deal with these issues.
- The conclusion is a part where you can show your ideas and potential solutions to tackle the agenda’s issues.
- Your work should be written in official style and be informative.
- Your essay must represent your own opinion on the issue, not the position of a particular country.
- You should carefully examine the Report of the Expert in order to write the essay in accordance with the agenda.
- Over the course of the work you must be guided by the documents and resolutions adopted by the UN bodies or other reliable international organizations, including those mentioned in the Report of the Expert. The sources of the data and your findings must be mentioned in the form of a footnote.
- You should back up your opinion with the facts and address only to the official sources.
- Try to explain and give examples to every one of your outlined ideas.
- Your proposals on how to address the issue must be stated expressly.
- Avoid plagiarism!
As your work should be supported by a solid factual basis, we recommend you to study the following documents:
- Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954) and its two Protocols (1954 and 1999);
- Convention on Preventing the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property (1970);
- World Heritage Convention (1972);
- Underwater Heritage Convention (2001);
- Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention (2003).
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Experts,
Daria Petrovskaya and Andrey Pisarevsky
After writing an essay, accepted by the Expert, and passing an interview, you will be distributed a country or an organization from the list of observers for its presentation at the Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations 2023. The next stage of pre-model work is writing a Position Paper which represents a quite short speech in which delegates are to state their representative’s position on the agenda and suggest solutions that fall in line with their national stance. If you want to add some your own ideas to the position of a represented state/organization, they can’t contradict their official course, statements of the officials and the UN Charter, for sure.
Your Position Paper should be clear, well-structured and informative. The volume of your report remains at your discretion, though, in general, it varies from 1 to 2 sheets A4 (Times New Roman, 14 font).
Please, remember about time limit for speaking that will be set up during the conference!
P.s. This concerns only the document that you are going to send to the Expert. You can prepare any amount of written text to use during the work at the conference but in the Position Paper you need only to clarify your state’s/organization’s view of the agenda.
Writing a Position Paper will help you examine the agenda deeper, understand better the views of the country/organization, distributed to you, and prepare yourself for the upcoming session. For those of you, who take part in the MUN for the first time, this might seem a bit intimidating but it’s extremely important for a fruitful work during the conference.
According to our committee’s agenda, we suggest that you should research and present the following aspects in your Position Paper:
- the country’s contribution to the world heritage protection, its cooperation with other states and political actors over the issue;
- protection of cultural heritage at the local level (e.g., you can mention some adopted normative tools, if any);
- examples of cultural heritage sites (both tangible and intangible) in the country (2-3 will be enough);
- threats to which cultural heritage sites in the country are exposed;
- approaches that the country implements to promote creativity (based on those mentioned in the Expert Report);
- a list of theses to include in the Resolution suggested by your delegation (what you would like to suggest to the International Community).
For the delegates, representing observers, may be useful to research:
- the history of the represented Organization, it’s credentials and competence;
- the mechanisms of interaction with its members.
You shouldn’t do the following:
- completely retell the content of the Expert Report;
- you had better not to use Wikipedia as it isn’t a reliable source!
To prepare yourself better you can use the following sources:
- UNESCO official website;
- UNESCO Digital Library;
- Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage;
- World Heritage List;
- Intangible Cultural Heritage Constellation;
- the speeches of the officials of the state/organization;
- the sources used in the Expert Report;
- the websites of national ministries.
Feel free to address to different UN bodies! We hope this information will be useful for you during preparation to the conference. We wish you fruitful and interesting work! See you on the sidelines of the C-MIMUN 2023!
Country list: Representative: 1 Argentina Daria Chernova 2 Armenia Gayane Hakobyan 3 Australia Dmitry Banko 4 Austria Arina Simonova 5 Azerbaijan Alexandra Shemagina 6 Bangladesh Ekaterina Rumyantseva 7 Belarus Marina Golik 8 Brazil Varvara Lebedeva 9 Bulgaria Sofia Agafonova 10 Canada Veronika Terpugova 11 Chile Alena Galochkina 12 China Anton Nekrasov 13 Costa Rica Taisiia Milovidova 14 Croatia Maja Djordjevic 15 Cuba Anastasiia Maksenkova 16 Cyprus Beatrice Frese 17 Egypt Daria Guskova 18 Estonia Ksenia Ryazanova 19 Fiji Andrey Konev 20 Finland Alsou Madyarova 21 France President 22 Georgia Maria Lidzhieva 23 Germany Victoria Khoroshaya 24 Ghana Akshay Mukeshkumar Udhani 25 Greece Valeria Ivanova 26 Guatemala Ilakha Kulieva 27 Guinea Anastasia Tokareva 28 Hungary Nadezhda Abramenkova 29 Iceland Irina Ilatovskaya 30 India Chimita Choinzhinova 31 Italy Veronika Kalinina 32 Japan Alsu Batyrova 33 Kazakhstan Anna Tamirova 34 Kenya Maria Zhuravleva 35 Kuwait Angelica Stakheeva 36 Latvia Daniil Manannikov 37 Lebanon Sofia Kopoteva 38 Liberia Mesediya Alieva 39 Lithuania Viacheslav Khryashev 40 Mexico Yana Prokopeva 41 Moldova Yegor Novikov 42 Netherlands Polina Shapchits 43 New Zealand Maria Mishina 44 Nicaragua Elizaveta Kryuchenko 45 Norway Inna Bassova 46 Paraguay Eva Lititskaya 47 Poland Daniil Shuklin 48 Portugal Elizaveta Emelianova 49 Romania Polina Grechanik 50 Russian Federation Vu Thi Minh Trang 51 South Africa Kanykei Usubalieva 52 Spain Maria Chizhova 53 Switzerland Polina Lisman 54 Thailand Anatoly Privalov 55 United Arab Emirates Vera Nevzorova 56 United Kingdom Alina Belonogova Observers 1 Council of Europe Aleksandra Karnaukhova 2 Holy See Diana Dzitstsoyty 3 The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALESCO) Aimani Sabsabi 4 The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) Anna Andreeva