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    Model United Nations is a simulation of a United Nations conference for students between 16 and 24 years old. Participants have a chance of becoming a Delegate of one of the Member States of the UN and representing its policy within the chosen Committee. Students of Adam Mickiewicz High School in Katowice joined their forces with other members of the MUN community to bring you KatMUN - the second Model United Nations that takes place in Katowice.
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Security Council
Human Rights Council
World Health Organisation
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Economic and Social Council
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
Historical Security Council
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Topic: Yemeni Civil War
Yemen is a strategically located country. Occupying the south of the Arabian peninsula, it has the control over Bab el-Mandeb Straits, through which most of the oil from the Gulf Countries is exported. This is why the civil war that broke out in 2015 remains a constant concern for the local and world powers - destabilisation in this region should be avoided by all means.
The country is currently devastated by the war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, and his opponents from the northern parts of the country, who are known as the Houthis. However, the conflict involves many other parties. President Hadi is supported by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, in which United Kingdom, United States, and France are included. The Houthis, the majority of whom are Shia Muslims, are believed to be backed up by Iran. The latter is accused of destabilising the region, as Yemeni capital - Sanaa - has been taken over by the rebels.
What can be done to end this dangerous proxy conflict that has already taken more than 6,800 lives? Are the world powers able to restore peace and stability in a country that has been growing animosities for decades?
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Topic: Violation of human rights in refugee camps
Global refugee crisis is without a doubt one of the most significant issues of the contemporary world. According to UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of 'forcibly displaced people' reached almost 60 million worldwide in 2014 - highest since the end of the Second World War. Those people, scattered around the world, have been forced to flee their home country in order to escape persecution, war, or violence. Roughly a quarter of them is currently living in refugee camps that may be defined as 'designated provisional areas where refugees live in their asylum state’.
Those settlements, many of which are not temporary but existing for years, are often the only homes they know. Frequently described as appalling and compared to jungles -overcrowded, lacking bare facilities with insufficient food rations. This omnipresent sense of poverty regularly leads to brutally combated riots. With the number of refugees ever-rising and reluctance of international community to provide suitable aid despite various regulations of humanitarian law what can be done to ensure proper living conditions in refugee camps?
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Topic: Antibiotic resistance as a threat to the public health
Old enemies strike back. People dying of simple cuts. Doctors are helpless. Humanity has missed its chance. Didn't react till it was too late. World Health Organisation failed to fulfill its mission. New antibiotic resistance mechanisms are launching out and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases, resulting in prolonged illness, disability, and death. This could be a real-life scenario. But there is also another - good resolutions arise on time. Use of antibiotics is being controlled. Research are conducted so that when the era of antibiotics end, we are ready. But first, certain actions have to be undertaken and new ideas have to emerge. If you want to be one of those who reacts on time join us during that Katowice Model United Nations Conference in World Health Organisation Committee. We are waiting for you!
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Topic: Increasing production of opium in Asian countries
Increasing production of opium in Asian countries remains one of the key areas of interest of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The clear majority of illicit opium poppy is grown in either the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia (which covers the mountainous area around Myanmar, Laos and Thailand) or in the Golden Crescent (located in the mountainous areas in the nations of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan). Lack of alternative sources of income, difficult living conditions, isolation, food insecurity, households in debt, lack of government control, not sufficient level of external agricultural assistance all contribute to the popularity of illegal cultivation of opium poppy, because it provides a means of subsistence in the face of poverty, and can do so relatively quickly. Chemically transformed opium is used to produce heroin for illegal drug trading. The increasing production of opium in Asian countries is a matter of international significance since markets outside the region, including Europe, North America, South America and Australia, are one of the key regions in illegal trafficking of drugs originating from Asian countries. Since the organized crime networks that benefit from Southeast Asia’s illicit drug trade are very well positioned to grow their business, transnational drug trade remains a clear challenge to the rule of law and stability of areas illegally producing opium poppy. The traffickers are making enormous profits which they use to support other criminal activity and launder money into the regional economy, thus challenging stability and the rule of law in the region. High levels of corruption, the burden of drug use on the health care systems and the spread of related problems including HIV, poverty, money laundering, the thrive of organized crime groups are only few consequences of the illegal production of opium in Asian countries. Despite continued eradication efforts, opium production continues to remain a significant challenge to sustainable development in the Asian regions.
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Topic: Promoting the development of small and medium enterprises as a means of reducing disparities.
Maybe you have thought about starting your own business? Perhaps this idea seemed a little bit implausible for you due to the enormous competition faced by every start-up? We are aware that many struggles with similar situation. We also acknowledge how important is this issue for local and global economy. Sounds like a TV advertisement? Nothing could be more wrong! KatMUN 2017 is coming and we have established the topic of the Economic and Social Council as ‘Promoting the development of small and medium enterprises as means of reducing disparities’.
World has been increasingly becoming more divergent. The role of United Nations is to suppress its consequences and reduce emerging disparities. Entrepreneurship, although often underrated, can be a stimulating force in the economy, not just in regions with high unemployment.  Among companies, the small and medium ones play a key role in social development. In emerging economies, a vast majority of new jobs is provided by small and medium enterprises. And despite their huge potential, SMEs are forced to operate in an unfavourable environment. Young entrepreneurs face many challenges, as their countries provide them with little to no help and the legal systems usually put them at a disadvantage in an economy dominated by multinational companies. Their development is challenged not only by unfavourable legal regulations, but also economic uncertainty.
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Topic: Child marriage issue
No girl should be robbed of her childhood, her education and health, and her aspirations. Yet today millions of girls are denied their rights each year when they are married as child brides,” says Michelle Bachelet, M.D., Executive Director of UN Women.
Defined as a formal marriage or informal union before age 18, child marriage is a widespread practice which leads to a lifetime of disadvantage and deprivation.
In rural sub-Saharan areas and in south-east Asia, two thirds of girls are married before turning 18. As it is seen as a duty of every wife to take care of the household and to obey the husband, young girls do not get any freedom of choice to decide about their future. Cultural practices such as polygamy, bride price and female genital cutting are further drivers of child marriage. Girls married young are also more vulnerable to sexual abuse than those who marry later, which contributes to the complications of pregnancy and childbirth being the leading cause of death in young women. Thus, it is clear that child marriage is an urgent global matter which calls for firm action.
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Topic: Korean war
Historical Security Council welcomes you! This year you have a unique chance to travel back in time and decide over one of the most important conflicts after the Second World War. The Korean War of 1950-53 was one of the first major disputes that the United Nations had to solve not a long time after it came to life. In this committee the delegates will get a unique chance to write alternative history and work on a completely new resolution that could change the path of the war. The delegest can represnt not only members of the United Nations states but also invited guests from both conflicted Koreas and People's Republic of China. Would you like to change the outcome of the Korean war? Then join the Historical Security Council during 2016 KatMUN
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