The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a UN agency concerned with contributing to peace by highlighting international cooperation in broader educational and cultural terms. The committee notably has more members than the UN General Assembly, consisting of 195 member states and 10 associated members, among them not independent states.
UNESCO is the central UN committee to coordinate efforts in education aligning with promoting sustainable development and cross-cultural dialogue. The committee is most famous for its work relating to maintaining, adding to and publishing the World Heritage List, which awards cultural and natural heritage site, as well as landscapes all over the world with special protected status.
Topic 1: The management of natural heritage in support of sustainable development
While the Middle Eastern region is home to a rich natural heritage, its protection is vastly underrepresented in the international community. This problem does not only have an institutional component but also an economic one, that leads to an inappropriate management of those sites in the MENA region.
The goal for UNESCO will be to come up with mechanisms of assistance to protect those sites that are in line with the newly adopted UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, highlighting opportunities both for development and further international cooperation in protecting such sites.
Topic 2: Addressing the destruction of Cultural Heritage Sites in MENA
Beside a humanitarian crisis caused by continued unrest in the Middle East, the ongoing war constituted an unprecedented threat to the cultural heritage of the region. Not just neglect in times of crisis impact the areas of heritage sites, but also terrorist groups such as the IS, who purposefully destroy invaluable cultural heritage sites.
The destruction of those sites does not just endanger the culture of a nation and the international community as a whole but is also threatening to identities in the region, that in term let a cultural crisis develop into one with humanitarian consequences. The topic will discuss measures that UNESCO could adopt in order to preserve the reminiscences of the cultural heritage sites in MENA, as well as ways in which terroristic acts targeting these sites could be prevented in the future.
Available Countries*: We are distributing countries to match their relevancy to the topics. Any of UNESCO full members can be chosen at this point.
Alexandra is a final year Politics Student at the University of York, UK. Her Balkan-Scandinavian background can tell more about herself than she could ever do. She speaks almost five languages (none of them perfectly, but it seems that her degree and social life are fine with this). She is passionate about literature, the study of cultural integration, migration, and coffee. All of these would be of course transformed into a political debate because of the most important one thing she hasn’t mentioned yet, MUN has been the most important part of her University life. She is looking forward welcoming and to getting to know all the delegates in November and together making MUNMö one of the best conferences we have ever attended!
I’m Jordanian, Bsc in Nautical science. I worked as a captain of a ship in the Jordanian Navy, where I participated in different multi-national tasks in the Middle East, such as Combined Maritime Forces as operational planer to promote safety and security in the maritime domain. Moreover, I have had various courses and training all over the world, and, recently I had my master degree in maritime affairs. Currently, I am doing research in sustainable maritime transport and working on my PhD. Although I never had the opportunity to participate in MUN, I had an internship at the UN HQ in New York. I am looking forward to working with you all at MUNmö, sharing our experiences and learning from each other, to bring the best out of this gathering.