CRISIS

The MainMUN 2021 Crisis Committee

The MainMUN 2021 Crisis Committee will be staffed with the corresponding ambassadors to the United Nations of each represented country during the conference. 

MainMUN is a Model United Nations with an interconnected approach, this means that the heads of the country delegations will most likely be in this committee. The delegates in this committee will not only talk about the presented topic but also will have to interact with the other delegates of their country delegation to establish a consistent country policy throughout the conference. As the head of your country delegation you can issue instructions to the country’s delegates in the other committees including the Security Council. The decisions and instructions are solely up to the delegates and will shape the direction of the MainMUN 2021. Therefore, the head delegates have a significant impact and influence on the work done in the other committees. 

As a crisis committee off the regular structure of the United Nations, the ambassadors are going to address the most pressing issues relating to Human Rights. However, the committee will follow the regular MainMUN Rules of Procedure for committees. In addition to those, the committee will also adhere to a second set of Rules of Procedure which are crisis specific and will be provided to delegates separately. These will explain how the system of directives works and how the members of the crisis committee can use them to perform specific actions during the conference. 

The committee will be monothematic but news of other important matters which will need to be debated during the conference, can arise any time. Meaning, delegates should prepare for their country’s policies in a broad manner and not just topic specific. Because just like the “real world”, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. 

Topic:

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

The digital sphere has become part of our everyday life through the progress in information communication technology – including information-sharing and real-time communication. However, the increased use of technology blurs the lines between public and private spaces, which leads to both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, those technologies offer the opportunity for an improvement in democratic participation as it increases the individual’s access to information and facilitates the active participation in society. On the other hand, it has shown that those technologies are highly vulnerable to interception and electronic surveillance.  

By highlighting the importance of individual human rights, especially the right to privacy and the freedom of expression, the UN and several other institutions are deeply concerned about possible human rights violations and abuses by governments, companies and individuals via electronic surveillance and interception. The human right to privacy shall protect the individual from arbitrary or unlawful interference of his or her privacy and related spaces and it recognizes the right of privacy as crucial for the realization of the freedom of expression, which in turn is essential for every democratic and vibrant civil society. Within this context, it has become clear that the right to privacy and the freedom of expression need protection, whether online or offline in order to protect a free and democratic society.  

Chairs

Chair Crisis Committee

Sarah Greifeld

Chair Crisis Committee

Franziska Rosenbaum

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