This year’s conference is all about changing our perspective and allowing our delegates the opportunity to assess their impact and possibilities for improved implementation of the Agenda 2030. More specifically, Sarajevo MUN 2019 will narrow our focus to six Sustainable Development Goals (3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 17) because we want to give our participants the opportunity for in-depth analysis and research in various, yet deeply interconnected fields, thus prompting them to think differently and more actively tackle some of the most pressing matters of today. The committees we have chosen for this year continue some of the tradition of previous Sarajevo Model UNs with a more agent-centric twist. Overall structure of the conference will include one council for high-school and three councils for university students.
High school and university students with no previous Model UN experience are eligible to participate in novice committees.
Participants whose prior participation in Model UN activities fall below 4 Model UN conferences will be eligible to participate in intermediate committee.
Only university students with significant previous Model UN experience (at least, 4+ Model UN conferences) are eligible to participate in advanced committees.
United Nations Security Council
As a principle organ of the United Nations and with its specificities in jurisdiction and voting regulations, the UN Security Council is a must for any conference that foresees dynamic and passionate debates. The Security Council has 15 members, out of which five have a permanent seat (France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom and United States of America) with veto power. Under the UN Charter, the resolutions of UN SC are legally binding to all Member States of the UN, making this council the single most powerful entity of the United Nations. The primary purpose and responsibility of this council is to maintain international peace and security, determining possible threats to peace and recommending methods of resolving ongoing conflicts.
Level: Advanced (University)
Topic A: "The Resolution of the Libyan Crisis"
Topic B: "South China Sea Territorial Disputes"
3. Russian Federation
4. the United Kingdom
5. the United States
UN Women is a specialized entity in the United Nations that dedicates its work towards gender equality and empowerment. This entity was established to initiate and accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women worldwide. Member States work with governments and civil society on legislation, policies and different programs focused on women’s rights. One of the priories of UN Women is making the SDGs a reality for women and girls, which makes UN Women a perfect choice for Sarajevo MUN 2019 and the SDG 5, Gender equality that we chose to focus on. The council is envisioned to include only representatives of member states.
Level: Novice (University)
Topic A: "Women’s role and impact on establishing peace in post-conflict zones: prevention of sexual abuse and mental health issues"
Topic B: "Violence against women: media coverage, impact of cyber bullying and rights of female journalists"
3. South African Republic
9. Saudi Arabia
16. North Macedonia
18. United States of America
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Summit (High Level Political Forum)
The UNSDG High Level Political Forum is a platform for addressing challenges and reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The structure of this forum foresees participation of Member States, working together at reviewing progress made on SDGs. The HLPF carries out regular reviews of the Agenda 2030, which are commissioned on a voluntary basis by Member States. Regular SDG reviews are state-led and intended to provide a venue for partnerships including major groups and relevant stakeholders. In 2019, 47 countries will present their national reviews at this forum, including Bosnia and Herzegovina that has announced the preparation of the review!
Level: Intermediate (University)
Topic A: "Providing decent work in developing countries"
Topic B: "Poll(u)tion, ed(u)cation, soll(u)tion"
1. United States of America
10. Costa Rica
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Health Organization is a specialized agency within the structure of the United Nations, established in 1948. It is comprised of 198 Member States and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. This agency represents as the authority for health within the UN system and provides expertise and leadership on global health matters. WHO’s current objectives are presented with the Six-Point Agenda, aimed at responding to global challenges related to health. At Sarajevo Model UN 2019 we will be simulating a summit-level World Health Assembly that will tackle the most current topics and correlate to our focus on SDG 3, Good health and well-being. This council simulation was prompted by BHA UNs partnership with Second Gymnasium in Sarajevo, because it truly inspires us to see high-school students already seeking venues for engagement – and chances to leave their impact!
Level: Novice (Exclusively High School)
Topic A: "The stance on vaccination in the World"
Topic B: "Solving malnutrition"
1. United States of America
8. United Kingdom
16. South Africa
19. Democratic Republic of Congo
21. Ivory Coast
28. Saudi Arabia