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2015 Committe & Study Guides

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – UNCITRAL
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is recognised as the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of International Trade Law. The agency is in charge of modernising and harmonising the rules on commercial transaction worldwide. The agency assists UN member states in law reform projects and provides legal and legislative guides and recommendations of great practical value. The high technicality characterising the work of this commission, makes it highly demanding.
For further information on UNCITRAL click here.
TOPIC
Revision of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration – providing more effective protection of labels, trademarks, and international commerce of agricultural goods.
CHAIRPERSONS
Norbert Czerniake-mail
Norbert is a law student of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, which is where he attended POZiMUN, making his first steps into the amazing MUN world. He also spent a year abroad in Bayreuth, Germany, and is currently taking advantage of his second exchange in Southampton, United Kingdom. Norbert is a keen enthusiast of MUN, MEU, moot courts as well as the Erasmus+ programme, having experience in all these fields. Norbert deems UNCITRAL simulation to be a very promising one and looks forward to working with his great Co-Chair and all the amazing delegates! Always there to help you out whenever possible, or just ready to have a nice chat, so never hesitate to approach him during the conference!
Giuseppina de Marcoe-mail
Giuseppina was born in Paestum, in the South of Italy, but last year she moved to Bologna where she started studying Law at the the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. She is passionate about foreign politics and international, comparative, human rights law as much as having taken part to volunteering projects in Italy and abroad. During high school she had her first MUN experience at UNISAMUN and she became a passionate Muner ever since attending MUNs and MEUs around Europe and being ambassador for several conferences including now the FAO Model 2015. These experiences convinced her to coordinate a group of passionate students and founding the first MUN Society at the University of Bologna in December 2014, the AlmaMUN Society, of whom is now president. This will be her first time as a chairperson and she cannot wait to chair the UNCITRAL committee and get more and more involved in the MUN world. Having taking part as a delegate in MILMUN past edition, she is really determined to do her best in being part of an even greater 10th MILMUN edition!

 

 

United Nations Environment Assembly – UNEP (UNEA)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a specialised and subsidiary agency of the United Nations Organisation (UN) in charge of all issues related to the environment. The achievements of this UN body would not be possible without the contribution of the organ at the heart of this agency, the United Nations Environment Assembly of the UNEP (UNEA).
UNEA is the response of the rising concern for the natural environment by UN member states. UNEP had a Governing Council since its foundation in 1972. The Governing Council was run by just 52 member states, and this scheme was felt inadequate for the challenges the agency is expected to face today. Conversely to its former ruling body, the Assembly is established on universal membership, therefore all the current 193 UN member states have the right to vote. UNEA has the clear mandate to take strategic decisions in accordance with its global environmental agenda, provide political guidance in the work of UNEP and promote a strong science-policy interface.
For further information on UNEA click here.
TOPIC A
Green economy and capital markets: mobilizing finance to tackle climate change.
TOPIC B
Gender, Agriculture, and Sustainable Development: Overcoming institutional Barriers to Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship.
CHAIRPERSONS
Florian Grüenwalde-mail
Dear All,
My name is Florian and it’s my great pleasure to be chairing UNEA at this year’s anniversary MILMUN! This was one of the first conferences in my now rather lengthy MUN biography and since 2010 I have only missed one single edition. MILMUN has been a highlight every time and I very much enjoy coming to Milan and Bocconi University. Thus, I’m glad to have MILMUN as my last conference before I can test my negotiation and lobbying skills in real life!
But before that I’m still enrolled in a double master’s in management and public policy for which I spent last year at HEC Paris and am now studying at FU Berlin. Apart from this, I also do a few other things at the moment such as yoga, latin dances and British Parliamentary style debating.
I’m very much looking forward to spending the conference with you, my co-chair and great friend Pepe and the rest of the awesome secretariat! Let’s make this an outstanding week!
José Antonio Villenae-mail
Ecuadorian, José Antonio Villena is a PhD Candidate in Constitutional and International Law at the University of Salamanca. After receiving his M.A. in Government and Public Administration, he became a Director in the Areas of Constitutional Law and Electoral and Constitutional Reform processes in Ecuador. Following the aforementioned experiences, he worked as an external Adviser to the Trade-Commerce Agreement between the European Union and South American Countries. In the MUN field, Pepe has been a Secretary General for NAPOMUN (Cluj Napoca, Romania) and MUNUSAL (Salamanca,Spain). His current Project concerns the creation of a South American Community of Nations via his position as an Advisor in “The Climate Project” (Al Gore’s Nobel Prize-winning Project on Climate Change).

 

 

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Council – FAO Council
The Council, within the limits of the powers delegated to it by the Conference, acts as the Conference’s executive organ between sessions. In particular, it exercises functions dealing with the world food and agriculture situation and related matters, current and prospective activities of the Organization, including its Programme of Work and Budget, administrative matters and financial management of the Organization and constitutional matters (Rule XXIV of the General Rules of the Organization). The Council may establish Commissions, Committees and Working Parties under Article VI of the Constitution and approve, for submission to Member Nations, Agreements provided for under Article XIV.2 of the Constitution (Rule XXIV.4(a) and (b) of the General Rules of the Organization).
For further information on FAO Council click here.
TOPIC A
Fostering food security and poverty alleviation through sustainable development.
TOPIC B
Preventing soil degradation in order to safeguard agriculture and protect the environment.
CHAIRPERSONS
Daniel Gindise-mail
Daniel Gindis has chaired at top international conferences such as WorldMUN, OxiMUN, GIMUN. He has been doing Model UN since has since 2009 and is a graduate student at Tel Aviv University. This is the first time doing Model UN in Milan and he is very excited to be chairing the FAO in a city with such a proud and prestigious history. Daniel is looking forward to a fruitful debate and a conference that will hold its place in the memories of all participants for a long time to come.
Daniel believes that in a world where the Security Council is the policeman of the United Nations neighborhood, where the World Health Organization is the doctor and the United Nations Postal Administration the mailman, the FAO would be both the soup kitchen and health inspector. With either job being something to do full time it is truly a great challenge to find the right balance to make things better in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices. United as soup kitchen health inspectors Daniel is very excited to meet you all in May and to lead you, with the help of Sebastian, his co-chair, through the trials of cooperation and on to the best resolutions possible!
Sebastian Vogelpoele-mail
Sebastian Vogelpoel is a third year History and Philosophy student at Southampton University. Brought up around Europe his passion for travel and politics means he is a frequent attendee at Model United Nations conferences, which he has been involved with since he started at school.
At University he was the founder and is the current President of Southampton’s Model United Nations society and also sits on the committee of the debating society. Outside University he has also been actively involved politically with the Liberal Democrats and the cross-party European Movement. When not dedicating himself to some event or cause he’s an avid cinephile and enjoys sailing.

 

 

United Nations Security Council – UNSC
The Security Council has primary responsibility, under the Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security. It is so organized as to be able to function continuously, and a representative of each of its members must be present at all times at United Nations Headquarters. On 31 January 1992, the first ever Summit Meeting of the Council was convened at Headquarters, attended by Heads of State and Government of 13 of its 15 members and by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the remaining two. The Council may meet elsewhere than at Headquarters; in 1972, it held a session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the following year in Panama City, Panama.
For further information on UNSC click here.
TOPIC A
The Nile River Dam Crisis (Egypt and Ethiopia).
TOPIC B
Responsibility to Protect under the UN Charter.
CHAIRPERSONS
Kevin B. Rodgerse-mail
Born and raised in the Black Forest in the very South of Germany, Kevin B. Rodgers is a German-American student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, currently pursuing Bachelor degrees both in Political Science and History in his final year. His focus lies mainly on International Affairs, Foreign and Security Policy as well as English and German History. So far he has attended several Model United Nations in Germany, the United States of America and in his favorite country: Italy. He took part in 2013 and 2014 NMUN New York as well as in the 2013 and 2014 edition of UNISAMUN. The 2014 edition of MILMUN will be his fourth chairing experience after having chaired a MUN in Munich, the German Model United Nations 2014 and the 2014 UNISAMUN, always in the Security Council. Besides his passion for MUNs Kevin loves to travel, exploring the world and getting to know lots of interesting people. Once returned Home he enjoys the company of his cat, listening to good music and taking care of his vast collection of ties. He is incredibly glad to return to Milan and is very much looking forward to not only improving his Italian-Skills but also to meet lots and lots of interesting people. See you there!
Matteo Tonellae-mail
Matteo Tonella is a 26 years old Italian student coming from the North of Italy. Graduated at the Catholic University of Milano in 2014, where he achieved a long cycle degree in law, he is now enrolled in a master’s degree in world politics and international relations at the University of Pavia.
Besides the passion for the MUN life Matteo is interested in international politics and is studying wit the aim of working within the context of diplomatic relations in the future.
Matteo has previously participated in 8 MUNs all around Europe as a delegate, and has been chairing once, in MILMUN 2014. Having taken part in the last two editions and considering himself a MILMUN addicted, he is looking forward to chairing what is going to be the amazing MILMUN 2015 Security Council, wishing to make this experience unforgettable for all the delegates.

 

 

Council of the European Union: Economic and Financial Affairs – CEU ECOFIN
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council is, together with the Agriculture Council and the General Affairs Council, one of the oldest configurations of the Council. It is commonly known as the ECOFIN Council, or simply “ECOFIN” and is composed of the Economics and Finance Ministers of the Member States, as well as Budget Ministers when budgetary issues are discussed. It meets once a month. The ECOFIN Council covers EU policy in a number of areas including: economic policy coordination, economic surveillance, monitoring of Member States’ budgetary policy and public finances, the euro (legal, practical and international aspects), financial markets and capital movements and economic relations with third countries. It decides mainly by qualified majority, in consultation or codecision with the European Parliament, with the exception of fiscal matters which are decided by unanimity.
The ECOFIN Council also prepares and adopts every year, together with the European Parliament, the budget of the European Union.
For further information on ECOFIN click here.
TOPIC A
Rethinking the Economic Aspects of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
TOPIC B
Developing an economic strategy to promote universal access to education.
CHAIRPERSONS
Ceren Korkute-mail
Ceren Korkut is from a small town in Turkey. In high school she moved to Izmir, where she got her International Baccalaureate diploma and was introduced to MUN. Being highly interested in economics, she moved to Milan to pursue with her university education with a degree in International Economics and Finance at Bocconi University. Currently she is doing her first year in bachelors while also contributing to Bocconi TV and MILMUN Excom with her video editing skills.
She loves meeting new people, collaborating with others from different cultures and her passions include debating to address political, economic and social issues that concern all of us. That’s why she has been a highly enthusiastic MUNer for five years, has been to seven conferences as a delegate both in Turkey and across Europe, and MILMUN X will be her first time chairing. She hopes to spread her love for MUN and to make sure that MILMUN X becomes a unique experience for all the people participating in it.
Konstantinos Reppase-mail
Konstantinos Reppas was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. Having initially attended courses in International Relations and Politics in Washington D.C., he is currently enrolled as a Management undergraduate in Universita Bocconi. Interested in all fields related to international relations and the interaction between governments and international institutions, Kostas remains an MUN enthusiast. Having already gathered substantial experience through Conferences which include Cambridge University MUN, Harvard MUN and 2 MILMUN Conferences, Kostas is looking to further his MUN horizons through a challenging and yet memorable MILMUN 2015 Conference. Finally, Konstantinos strongly hopes to meet and interact with individuals full of flair and diplomatic passion, who dare challenge themselves with the issues our world faces.

 

 

MILMUN Chronicle
MILMUN Chronicle is the official newspaper of MILMUN X. The conference will give to successful applicants the opportunity to be journalists for a week. Not only you will get the chance to follow the debates in the committees, to interview participants and to write articles, but you will be lectured by journalists of leading Italian newspapers.
Prospective journalists will be required to know about the theme of the Conference and to have a good knowledge of it, read the study guides of each committee and write an article per day.
CHAIRPERSONS
Jesse Harringtone-mail
A Ph.D candidate in History at the University of Cambridge, Jesse holds a B.A. in History and Economics from University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland, where he served as the President of the UCC International Relations Society, and an MPhil in Medieval History from Cambridge. An experienced delegate and chair, he has won “Best Delegate” awards at the Cambridge and London simulations, and directed crisis committees for conferences as diverse as Bonn, Cambridge, Cork, Istanbul, London, Milan and York. Outside of Model UN, he has directed a number of successful college dramatic productions; has written numerous articles for student media, historical and literary journals and policy think-tanks; and is an active member of the Cambridge Ancient Literature Society. Now at his third MILMUN, having previously served as Security Council chair and press editor, he is looking forward to reprising his role as head of the conference newspaper.

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