The MainMUN 2022 Crisis Committee
The MainMUN 2022 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 2022. 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.
Cyber Security as a Sitting Duck - Fighting Cyber Terrorism in the Digital Age?
Data breaches of social media platforms and email providers, the selling of personal data, hacking of personal and business networks – these are just a few examples of cyber-attacks. Over the last years, the chance that you might be a personal victim of cybercrimes at least once in your life has increased significantly. Additionally, our digitalised world offers a valuable target for cyber terrorists and cyber warfare. State and non-state actors may influence you indirectly via election meddling, leaking of national security data, attacks on national infrastructure and many more.
Asymmetric warfare is not a new concept, but our digitalised world opens new possibilities here. It is often much easier, and much cheaper, for countries and non-state terrorist groups to fight their wars not physically but make use of the cyberspace. Nations can employ non-state actors to meddle with the national security of other nations and may be successful to the point, that the origin of the attack may never be revealed. Thus, cyber terrorism is gaining ground.
The Crisis Committee will have to deal with the question of how nations can prevent possible attacks on their infrastructure and economy. Sharing information between nations can have significant advantages for all interacting states but imposes security issues as well. The delegates need to find the right way to address the issues at hand to protect citizens not only via protecting their governments from possible cyber-terrorism but also the citizens in their use of the cyberspace as well.