Set in several of Oxfords most beautiful colleges, the Oxford International Model United Nations Conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to debate in the historic surroundings and rich cultural environment of one of Europe's oldest universities.
OxIMUN will run from Friday 1st November until Sunday 3rd Number, 2013. The conference is open to both delegations and individual delegates currently undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate study. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept individuals who are still attending secondary/high school.
OxIMUN is internationally renowned for its high standards of debate and its extremely well-organised programme. For this year's conference we expect approximately 500 delegates from across the world, bringing with them an unrivalled diversity of views and backgrounds. OxIMUN aims to provide ample opportunity for debate and maximum participation for each delegate. With its committees ranging in size from 15 to 35 delegates, OxIMUN is tailored to the experienced delegate as well as to those new to MUN, as our Directors are always ready to provide assistance
The committees simulated at OxIMUN 2013 are listed below. We have strived for a balance between small and large committees; global and regional; new and old; and for a large range of issues to be debated that relate to our theme of Facing the Future. Further information relating to each committee can be found soon at the Delegate Centre. The committees are:
Disarmament and Security
Economic and Finance
Social, Cultural and Humanitarian
International Court of Justice
Future Security Council
Other UN Bodies:
Human Rights Council
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
International Labour Organisation
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
United Nations Environment Programme
Council of the European Union
Economic Community of West African States
Organization of American States
Each committee will have 1 director, and between 1 and 3 co directors depending on its size. Each delegate represents a country on a committee, with up to ten representatives comprising a country delegation. In committee sessions, specific topics of current interest and international importance are discussed with a view towards passing a resolution on the issue. Delegates put forward working papers and draft resolution that can be debated and later amended so that, through compromise and consensus-building, a resolution with majority support can be achieved. Resolutions passed in selected committee are then discussed in the plenary General Assembly on the final day, where they must pass with a two-thirds majority.
Of all the issues that the United Nations discusses, this year we thought that we should look at the issues of the future. We believe strongly that our generation is in a situation different to all those that have come before: both in a good sense and a bad one. We have all reaped the benefits of numerous advances in technology, and yet we have all seen increasing concern about climate change, terrorism, and the global economy. We are a privileged generation, but also one growing into the realisation that we have to confront complex, novel problems.
That is why, dear delegates, we are hoping you will join us to identify, disect and propose solutions to these problems. These face not only individual nations and groups but the international community, and we believe that the United Nations is one of the forums that can truly make steps in resolving the problems of the future. By using international leverage and support, some of these problems can and will be solved.
We hope you enjoy "facing the future" at OxIMUN 2013, and are able to benefit from the contemplation and debate of our theme.
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