A Letter from the Secretaries General
As the Secretaries General, it is with utmost privilege and delight that we welcome you to the 21st annual session of the Model United Nations Development Programme (MUNDP), an affiliate of The Hague International Model United Nations.
This year, MUNDP will be held virtually from the 19th to the 21st of February. Since its establishment 21 years ago, our conference has ranked among the best in Turkey and Europe, hosting over 800 participants from 43 schools and 7 countries in its last session.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, MUNDP will be held online for the first time in its history. As the Executive Committee, we have managed to successfully remodel our conference to be held virtually, and can ensure that regardless of the situation, we will continue to provide the full MUNDP experience to our participants.
MUNDP is the sole conference worldwide which models the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Every year, our theme is set as one of the five developing regions of UNDP, each with its own Regional Bureau. This year’s theme has been decided to be East Asia and the Pacific. Composed of 37 countries with an overall population of over 2.3 billion, East Asia and the Pacific encounters numerous conflicts that are encompassed in the agenda items of MUNDP 2021.
East Asia and the Pacific, being one of the fastest-growing regions, is facing drastic change, causing numerous issues and conflicts all over the region. With the aim of universally overcoming such issues, the General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These goals were established by the United Nations with the general purpose of universally improving living conditions and ending global crises such as climate change and air pollution. To solidify growth, all nations within the region should focus on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals with the aim of preventing any further economical, social, or environmental issues, which are the core agenda in this year’s conference.
Issues on the topic of industrialization are highly widespread throughout the region of East Asia and the Pacific, which is mainly caused by the fast-paced growth in production rates. However, with this rapid increase in industrial and economic growth, the region is also facing various issues such as gender inequality in the workplace, microloans, and false use of labor. On the other hand, the Pacific is suffering from issues such as inaccurate marine fishery exports, mining dependency, and lack of financial support to working islanders. The Pacific is also severely affected by the environmental crisis, managing issues such as rising sea-levels, waste destruction, and wild-fires.
UNDP prioritizes to disable said matters in the region to achieve sustainable development. Cooperation between governments, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and the United Nations is crucial to empower the region of East Asia and the Pacific in order to overcome the negative effects of industrialization, prevent environmental crises, and boost economic growth and social development.
This year’s MUNDP features 7 unique Development Committees that work in cooperation with UNDP. Each committee will work hand in hand with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through 3 agenda items. Each year, MUNDP selects its agenda items with the general purpose of tackling social, political, and economical problems in the theme region. This year, our content team has once again selected the most paramount international issues to be debated upon in both our development and special committees.
The Development Committees fixate on particular issues regarding the overall development of the region, whereas the regional committee of this year’s MUNDP, the East Asia Summit, focuses on tackling the most predominant issues in the region including healthcare, economic welfare, and governmental transparency in order to advance the economic, social, and political status of its members. The East Asia Summit is a regional assembly that has been established with the purpose of enhancing the economic and well-being status of its members. One of the distinctive features of the East Asia Summit at MUNDP is that it is attended by the heads of states of each nation and that it follows an Ad-hoc debate structure. The East Asia Summit is a notably prestigious committee, making decisions that are crucial for the region’s development, and the Secretariat expects it to be among the most productive.
Another unique feature of MUNDP is “l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie” (OIF). As the first bilingual MUN conference in Turkey and one of the few in the world, we are proud to host this French-speaking committee. This year, l’OIF will consist of 15 delegations in order to ensure enhanced cooperation and collaboration among delegates in terms of both language and context.
As the Executive Committee, we are delighted to see you all partake in what we hope to be the most memorable MUNDP experience to date. With 21 years of experience, this year's MUNDP is sure to be one of the most promising MUN conferences to attend not only in Turkey but around the world. So be sure to lobby, debate, and prove that international cooperation is born from being committed to development.
H. Cenker Camcı