Creating the UN of Tomorrow
Sustainable Politics in an Age of Crisis
noun / səˌsteɪ.nəˈbɪl.ə.ti
"meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"
(United Nations Brundtland Commission 1978)
The United Nations, created as an international platform to ensure that the atrocities of the Second World War would never occur again, now enters into its 78th year of operations. Although successful on many occasions, there is still a need to stay critical and question the power dynamics, decision-making, and implementation of established rules of our biggest international organization.
During the upcoming, 2023 edition of BIMUN/SINUB, we would like to pose this question as the guiding thread through all of the debates: are the international rules and the modus operandi we have established effective enough for the sustainable handling of current crises?
Challenges such as climate change, hybrid warfare, geopolitical conflicts, expansionist tendencies, and energy crises seem to be ruling current global affairs. If that weren’t enough, all this tension leads to the rise of nationalism and isolationism - all this is the diametrical opposite of the global interconnectedness, cooperation, and interdependence the UN envisions. It seems the world is as polarized as ever before and globalization is in decline. Global inequalities as well as North-South dependency are still an influential part of world politics.
Are the rules we have created fit for these and the upcoming challenges? Is the UN as of today fit for the instabilities of tomorrow?
When responding to crises, decision-makers tend to focus on the immediate solving of said calamities and forget about or disregard the long-term effects of solutions. This might be a rational choice, a necessary evil, but at what cost? This way future generations (be that of decision-makers, citizens, members of civil society, or else) bear the burden of past mishandling, maltreatment, and disregard for long-term solutions. These policies may warrant further consideration in terms of their sustainability. It is critical that we handle our current and create our future with the environment, as well as humankind - living or yet to be born - in our thoughts. Inclusive and sustainable - or idealistic and utopist? That is up for debate.
We invite you to rethink the challenges of global politics, we invite you to think outside the box - create new discourse, debate current topics, and shift perspective on the current international system.
In times of crisis, shall the UN persevere?
Excited to see you in the UN-City of Bonn!
Nov. 23th - Nov. 27th. 2023
The Secretary Generals
Noémi Vegi is the Secretary General of BIMUN/SINUB 2023.
She is a master’s student of international relations at the University of Ljubljana and was born and raised in Slovenia’s bilingual “beak” as a Hungarian minority.
Ever since a good friend of hers dragged her into MUN, her base association has been MUN Slovenia Club. She was the President of the association and the Project Manager of their conference, Salient, in 2022.
Her time is mostly devoted to university work, her practicum in the German Parliament, and slowly but surely paving her path in life. She enjoys music in all shapes and forms, experimenting with Asian cuisine, and participating in international relations-related activities and debates. She is deeply honored and equally excited to be co-creating this conference with Koen.
In her words: “Stay golden and come to Bonn!”
Koen Kockx is the Deputy Secretary General of this year's BIMUN/SINUB conference.
He is a law student from Belgium, currently studying in the lovely city of Leuven and focusing on international law. Thus, he has a passion for international affairs and politics.
He first started MUN’ing in 2021 and BIMUN/SINUB was his first conference, representing Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines in the Security Council. Over the years he has developed a passion for MUN’ing, be it as a delegate, chair, or now Deputy Secretary General. He is active as the Vice President of KULMUN, the MUN association of Leuven.
When not MUN’ing, Koen loves to have a chill evening out with friends and occasionally a good party! He also is very fond of hiking and enjoys meeting new people and getting to know other cultures.
As Deputy Secretary General Koen hopes that the 2023 edition of BIMUN will be the best edition yet, focusing on developing new methods of thinking about current issues.