Committees and Study Guides

 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources. It works in more than 170 countries and territories, supporting States in the advancement of shared solutions focused on its three main areas of work: sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding and climate and disaster resilience. In all these activities, the UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable, with the objective to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

The annual Human Development Report, focusing the global debate on key development issues and providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals, is one of the most important tools of action of the UNDP.

The Executive Board of the UNDP is responsible for providing inter-governmental support to and supervision of the activities of UNDP in accordance with the overall policy guidance of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, and the responsibilities set out in the United Nations Charter. It must also be responsive to the needs of programme countries. The Board is under the authority of the Economic and Social Council.
At the Sustainable Development Summit at UN headquarters in New York on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the larger 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that will finish the job of the MDGs, and leave no one behind. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support governments around the world in tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years.

Source: www.undp.org

TOPIC A
Democratic governance and peacebuilding in the Central African Republic
A history of military coups and rebellion in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused a sustained economic crisis in the country and impacted negatively on the national institutions’ capacity to provide services and protection to the population. The current humanitarian emergency follows two years of political disputes, which have led to the worst outbreak of instability and widespread violence in early 2014. The religious and ethnic dimension of the conflict greatly undermined existing communities, with thousands of people fleeing their homes and the UN warning that there was a high risk of genocide.French troops returned, and the UN took over and expanded the African peacekeeping mission September 2014. Aid and human rights organisations warn that these measures may be unequal to the task of restoring order. Problems however persisted including as of August 2014, approximately 508,000 people being internally displaced in CAR. Not to mention a continued divide in the country existing along ethnic and religious grounds that will have to be overcome for the country to have any hope of long term stability.
TOPIC B
Biodiversity and Climate Resilience as means of International Development
Over the last decades, United Nations development theories have been vastly criticized, as they were found to perpetuate a certain asymmetry within the international community. In addition to that, climate change and environmental degradation have further challenged UN strategies in ensuring Sustainable Development in the South of the world. Is it therefore possible to start a new generation of development theories? Can environment, from being a simple externality, become the key factor of development programmes? As a matter of fact, we are already seeing the birth of original development models: some new business realities conceive biodiversity and environmental resilience as the very heart of their entrepreneurial activities, merging socioeconomic development with environmental enhancement. Thus, the challenge UNDP is now called to face is the one of welcoming the idea that communities can develop not only despite the environment, but also with it.
CHAIRPERSONS
Sebastian Vogelpoel
Sebastian is a recent graduate of History and Philosophy at the University of Southampton. Brought up around Europe as well as travelling further afield, he is always overjoyed to come across new cultures and surround himself with a diverse group of people. His passion for travel and politics means he is a frequent attendee at Model United Nations conferences, which he has been involved with since joining at school.
At University he was the founder and President of Southamptons Model United Nations society, in the committee of the debating society, as well as a participant in the Student Union. 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 enjoys aimless walks and improving his culinary skills.
Luca Tesei
A third-year student in International Development and Cooperation, Luca is currently studying at the University of Bologna, where he was born and raised. Having fallen in love with the MUN world at first sight, Luca took part in the foundation of AlmaMUN Society, the MUN club of its hometown. In 2016 he is going to participate in the organization of AlmaMUN, the first simulation ever held in the city.
Passionate about Italian cinema and Latin American literature, he dreams of a career as a diplomat. After participating in MILMUN 2015 as a Delegate, Luca will start his Chairing experience at the 2016 edition. For him, MILMUN 2016 will be an awesome chance to develop new skills and make his Delegates’ experience memorable.

 

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Established in 1951, the IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 157 member states, a further 10 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, the IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.The IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. The activities of IOM cut across four broad areas of migration management consisting in migration and development, the facilitation of migration, the regulation of migration and the issue of forced migration.The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.Source: www.iom.int
TOPIC A
Harnessing the potential of labour migration: measures to effectively integrate migrant workers
The United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families defines migrant worker as follows: “The term migrant worker refers to a person who is engaged or has been engaged in a remunerated activity in a State of which he or she is not a national.” Currently there are estimated 232 million international migrants around the world. 105 million of these migrants are working and produce and earn a yearly amount of US$ 440 billion. Almost all countries benefit from labour migration. In developing countries the unemployment rate is decreasing while developed countries are getting the workers they need. Nevertheless there are a lot of problems which countries still need to solve. Children of migrant workers struggle to achieve the same level of educational success as natives. 21 million people are in forced labour and trafficked globally. Often migrants are forced to work in lower leveled jobs, because countries do not accept the degree they achieved in their country of origin.
TOPIC B
The protection of human rights of refugees: addressing the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean
An estimated 23.000 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea since the turn of the century, underlining fears that the sea is turning into a massive cemetery. Refugees and migrants are increasingly taking to the Mediterranean in a desperate bid to reach European territory, looking for political stability and better economic conditions. The influx of migrants originates from countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa and also from Central Africa.
The recent deal between the European Union and Turkey to regulate the flow of migrants to Europe highlights the need for a higher degree of cooperation between all countries involved. In fact, those getting on European soil see their core rights being denied. With the influx of people via the Mediterranean being the highest in human history, safeguarding the fundamental rights of those people remains a unique challenge.
CHAIRPERSONS
Antony Papadopulos
Antony is a 22-year-old student, originally from Greece. Upon graduating from the American School of Thessaloniki, he moved to Switzerland to pursue a Law degree at the University of Geneva. Currently in his senior year, he is planning to continue his studies at a business school, aiming to specialize in Finance and Business Law.
The highlight of his MUN career was last Spring when he was elected as Secretary-General of the Geneva International Model UN (GIMUN) for the year 2015-2016. Apart from GIMUN, Antony is an MUN addict, having first participated at such a conference 7 years ago. Ever since, his CV includes more than 13 MUNs.
Antony is very excited to be part of the secretariat of MILMUN 2016 and is looking forward to the heated debated as well as the social events of the conference!
Philipp Zieten
Philipp has been an MUN enthusiast since 2012. That year, his Politics teacher forced him to participate in OLMUN. Since then he got an MUN virus and participated in eleven MUNs. MILMUN 2016 will be his twelfth anniversary.
Philipp was born and raised in Oldenburg, but in 2013 he decided to move to Berlin to study economic education and history at the Humboldt University of Berlin. There he joined the BerlInMUN organization team and since 2014 he chairs the society of the BerlInMUN.
When Philipp is not at university or attending an MUN conference he likes to go to bars, pubs and cafés with friends. You can also find him quite often in the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where he watches basketball and hopes that ALBA Berlin wins, unless they are playing against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He also plays Flag Football, a version of American Football.
He is really looking forward to MILMUN 2016 and is excited to meet you all!

 

Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was set up in 1974 as an intergovernmental body to serve as a forum for review and follow up of food security policies. After its 2009 reform, CFS became the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform on this topic, addressing both short term crises and long term structural issues. The Committee reports annually to Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

Its innovative feature is its multi-stakeholder approach which enables different actors to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. It is made up of Members, Participants and Observers. The membership of the committee is open to all Member States of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the World Food Programme (WFP) and non-Member States of FAO that are Member States of the United Nations. Participants can be representatives of UN agencies and bodies, civil society and non-governmental organizations and their networks, international agricultural research systems, international and regional financial institutions and representatives of private sector associations and private philanthropic foundations. CFS may invite other interested organizations relevant to its work to observe entire sessions or specific agenda items. The CFS multi-stakeholder platform enables all viewpoints to be considered when deciding on concrete actions to address issues affecting food security and nutrition such as the economic crisis and the rising demand for food.

Source: www.fao.org/cfs/

TOPIC A
Urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition
Rapid urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, the food systems and the rural space are creating new challenges as well as opportunities for inclusive growth, poverty eradication, economic, environmental and social sustainability, support of local food systems and economies, and food security and nutrition. Those interlinked processes are changing the traditional challenges for food security and nutrition with impacts in terms of income inequalities, vulnerability and exclusion. Efforts are required at policy level to find coherence between agriculture, food security and nutrition and the broader rural development and social protection objectives and actions.
However, urbanization is one of the key drivers of change in the world today. The world’s urban population currently stands at around 3.5 billion. It will almost double to more than 6 billion by 2050. This is a challenge not only for urban areas but also for rural areas, because many people, especially the young, will migrate from rural areas to urban areas over this period. When addressing urbanization challenges, we are also addressing, directly or indirectly, rural and territorial development. What do we have to do to ensure peoples access to good nutrition in cities? What do we have to do to produce enough food for urban dwellers? What infrastructures are needed and what kind of food production is possible in cities? How can cities preserve the services of the surrounding ecosystems? A very wide range of important issues links urbanization and food security.
TOPIC B
Scaling up nutrition: youth involvement in food security
Achieving food security is one of the main instruments of the fight against poverty and is a fundamental element in building resilience in the face of national and international crises. Currently about 795 million people live in conditions of hunger, and the vast majority of these people are concentrated in developing country and agricultural areas (mostly in Asia and Africa). Of these, children and youths (less than 25 years old) are a large majority and often the most severely affected. Yet, in order to build up food security and nutrition, and ensure resilience, youths are probably the groups capable to make the biggest difference, both for capacity for innovation and for the benefits they would gain from employment opportunities available in the agriculture business. In spite of this, youth involvement in agriculture remains limited, and a lack of political emphasis on the issue has reduced the interest in finding solutions. Investing and emphasizing youth education and training in agriculture and ensuring the attractiveness of the sector is key to achieve food security and nutrition.
CHAIRPERSONS
Riccardo Mazzucchelli
Born and raised in Rome, Riccardo has completed his university studies at the Università Commerciale “L. Bocconi”, where MILMUN has been taking place for several years now. Afterwards, he specialised in European Studies, Euro-Mediterranean Relations and Compared Arab Political Systems, in Rome, Tarragona and Beirut, respectively. In the meantime, he has participated to many MUNs but his first was MILMUN, of which he was also Secretary-General in 2014. Lately, he founded and is president of MUN Academy, a Rome-based association that specialises in organising international academic events – including MUNs – as well as seminars and trainings. In 2015, he organised the first edition of FAO Model, a simulation of the UN agency on food and agriculture, held at the HQ of FAO itself, with over one hundred and fifty students from forty different countries. Moreover, MUN Academy has recently joined the Youth Constituency of the Civil Society Mechanism, a coordination of NGOs and Social Movements of the Committee on World Food Security, bringing a delegation of seven young students to a real UN meeting and negotiation sessions. For this reason, Riccardo is very much looking forward to chairing the CFS at MILMUN, determined to let its participants to experience what it is like in the real UN world.
Silvia Pelucchi
Silvia Pelucchi recently graduated summa cum laude in the course of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the LUISS Guido Carli of Rome. Interested in the issues of development and decision-making, since her early work at the European Youth Parliament and exchange year in the US, she has focused her academic path both at LUISS and SciencesPo, Paris, on developmental and political economics and behavioural psychology. Because of this, she has recently participated in the workings of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at FAO after the first MUN simulation on its workings in September 2015, and has volunteered in Ghana and Rome on issues of human rights. She’s going to chair the CFS simulation at MIlMUN 2016, and is glad of the occasion to work again with MUN within the framework of the CFS.

 

Council of the European Union: Economic and Financial Affairs (CEU-ECOFIN)

The Council of the European Union in the Economic and Financial Affairs configuration is responsible for EU policy in three main areas: economic policy, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services, financial markets and capital movements, besides the economic relations with countries outside the EU. It also prepares the EU’s annual budget and takes care of the legal and practical aspects of the single currency, the euro.

The Ecofin Council coordinates Member States’ economic policies, furthers the convergence of their economic performance and monitors their budgetary policies. It coordinates EU positions for international meetings, such as the G20, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. It is also responsible for the financial aspects of international negotiations on measures to tackle climate change.

It is made up of the economics and finance ministers of all Member States. Relevant European Commissioners also participate in meetings. There are also specific Ecofin sessions, attended by national budget ministers and the European Commissioner for financial programming and budget, to prepare the EU’s annual budget.

Source: www.consilium.europa.eu/ecofin/

TOPIC A
Structural reform of the EU banking sector: improving the resilience of credit institutions
After the 2008 financial crisis, the European Institutions pursued various initiatives to create a more stable and safer financial sector for the European Single Market. The Banking Union is an EU-level banking supervision and resolution system that operates on the basis of EU common rules.
The Banking Union is comprised of 3 building blocks: The Single Rulebook, which consists of a set of rules that are applied to all financial institutions and products inside the EU, the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM), that supervises the EU main banks in cooperation with national supervisory authorities, and the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM), a system for the effective resolution of non-viable financial institutions.
The Banking Union aims to ensure that the EU banking sector is safe and reliable, and that any interventions on non-viable banks are resolved without recourse to taxpayers’ money. In particular it is aimed at:
* ensuring that banks are robust and able to withstand any future financial crises
* preventing situations where taxpayers’ money is used to save failing banks
* reducing market fragmentation
* strengthening financial stability in the euro area and the EU
TOPIC B
Budgetary measures to address the challenges arising from the current refugee crisis in Europe
Following the ongoing European refugee crisis, the EU Ministers of Economy and Finance met in Luxembourg on October 6, 2015 for the ECOFIN. The Ministers debated the subject of the financial impact of the refugee crisis on the government budget balance of EU member-states. During the summit, some relevant goals have been established: firstly, budgetary and economic analyses of the possible increase in public spending associated with the refugee crisis, and secondly, accurate evaluations about whether or not to allow some flexibility in the framework of the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) “due to unusual circumstances outside the control of the member-states”. Nevertheless, further measures and agreements still have to be taken and reached, in particular the ones related to how the whole crisis can affect the EU budget.
Likely, if further decisions follow, at least two out of the six main items of the EU budget (Security and citizenship, Foreign policy) will increase their relevance in the next years.
CHAIRPERSONS
Davide Annarumma
Davide “Dave” Annarumma is the typical southern-Italian boy, born and raised in Salerno, blessed by the sun and the nice weather. He is a 23-year-old student, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, after a bachelor in Business Administration at the University of Salerno. He is interested in international and European Economics, International Relations and foreign policy. While studying for the Bachelor, he discovered the fantastic world of MUNs. He has attended various MUNs in Italy, Germany and Romania (Salerno, Bonn, Berlin, Cluj-Napoca), both as a delegate and as chairperson. 2016 will be his “MUN-year”, since he is going to participate as a “specialist” in Leuven, and Secretary-general in Rome. He has a passion for everything that is related to Economics and European studies, and he will soon start an internship at the EU Commission in Rome, working in the Economic department. He is looking forward to meeting you all in Milan! Ciao!
Walter Minissale
Walter Minissale is an Italian graduating student in Economics and Management at Bocconi University, and he has also attended two courses at the prestigious Institute for International Political Studies – ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale).
He is an active member of the Bocconi Students Milmun Society, and he fluently speaks Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. Apart from his favorite fields, Economics and Finance, he has several interests, among these, public utilities management and energy markets, foreign policy and international relations. He successfully attended four MUNs and a MEU: Milmun 2014, Berlinmun 2014, Beum 2014, Milmun 2015 and Berlinmun 2015. Milmun 2015 awarded him the Best Delegate prize for his work as delegate of Spain in the ECOFIN.
He is a convinced supporter of the European Union, and he enjoys international and culturally diverse environments. During his free time he likes playing sports, listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Milmun 2016 will be his first time as a Chair.

 

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established in June 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations and began work in April 1946.

The Court’s role is to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (contentious cases). Only States Members of the United Nations and other States which have become parties to the Statute of the Court or which have accepted its jurisdiction by means of a special agreement, by virtue of a jurisdictional clause in a treaty or through reciprocal declarations of acceptance may be parties to contentious cases.

The Court may render advisory opinions on any legal question referred to it by the General Assembly and the Security Council, and on legal questions referred to it by authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies only if arising within the scope of their activities.

It is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council, and it is assisted by a Registry, its administrative organ.

Source: www.icj-cij.org/

TOPIC A
Advisory Opinion: Legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, on behalf of the General Assembly, requested an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on whether the threat or use of nuclear weapons is in any circumstance permitted under international law.
The Court had already been confronted with this question in 1996, when it was engaged in the longest deliberation in its history: numerous States were involved and even the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki testified about nuclear weapons. Twenty years later, whilst negotiations on nuclear reductions are at a deadpoint and nuclear weapons still represent a threat, the request for another advisory opinion from the Court on the subject still holds its importance.
In addressing this question of the General Assembly, Judges will be confronted with a variety of issues, such as environmental law and humanitarian law. Moreover, the sensible legal points of States’ right to self defense and the obligation to reach a nuclear disarmament will be taken into consideration.
TOPIC B
Advisory opinion: the legal status of Sustainable Development Goals
On 25 September 2015 the United Nations General Assembly (hereinafter referred to as the “UNGA”) adopted resolution A/Res/70/1, entitled: “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. In that document a global action plan related to so called Sustainable Development Goals (hereinafter referred to as the SDGs) was adopted. Although of high political importance, UNGA resolutions are not expressly considered sources of international law. Therefore, a question concerning the legal status of the SDGs arises. The advisory opinion will aim at exploring whether the declarations made by governments on 25 September 2015 can be considered binding under international law and what the possible implications of their legal status are. Did Member States assume any obligations under international law by adopting the SDGs? Can an act of a State manifestly contrary to the SGDs be considered an internationally wrongful act? These and other related questions shall be answered by the International Court of Justice at the MILMUN XI Conference.
CHAIRPERSONS
Enrico Amarante
Enrico Amarante is a Law student enrolled in his fourth year at Bocconi University, Milan. His roots trace back to Modena, the land of Ferrari, Pavarotti and marvelous food. Currently attending the international track of its Integrated Master of Arts in Law, he is keen on International Public Law, geopolitics and Military History. He is also attending the Telders moot court, taking place in The Hague, the seat of the ICJ.
The very first MUN he attended was MILMUN X in May 2015, which kindled his passion for the MUN world, making him attend subsequently other three MUNs topped by the opportunity of being a Chair where everything started, here in Milan.
He is a super MUN enthusiast: for him, the most appealing elements of MUNs are the enhancement of one’s soft skills, the knowledge of international topics and the creation of ever-lasting friendships.
Stéphanie Toschi
Stéphanie Toschi is currently finishing her Masters in International Relations and International Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Having been born and raised in Luxembourg, she developed an international mindset at quite an early stage and has been involved in Model UN conferences for a couple of years now. In fact, her first participation as a delegate completely changed her life, both on a personal and professional level, and the absolute highlight of her MUN-life was the appointment as Secretary-General for the 2016 edition of the Berlin International Model United Nations.
A wise man once said “chairing is caring”, which is exactly why Stéphanie enjoys this side of the Dais so much and is thrilled to be joining the MILMUN team. She is eager to meet all the judges of the ICJ and will do her best to take their MUN experience to a new level.

 

United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

The United Nations Security Council is one of the six main organs of the United Nations. Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to the deployment of peacekeeping operations, the imposition of sanctions or even to the authorization of the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.

The Security Council recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. Together with the General Assembly it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.

The Security Council has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Five of them are recognized as “Permanent Members” of the Council. These are: the Peoples’ Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America. The other 10 seats are granted to different UN Member States on rotational basis, with observance of the official UN regional division, and for a 2-year long term of office.

Source: www.un.org/sc/

TOPIC A
The proliferation of ISIS and the security situation in Syria and Iraq
While ISIS has been around for over a decade now, in one form or another, recent years and months have seen a greater-than-ever threat from it. It has managed to gain control over eastern Syria, and the north of Iraq, prompting more than four million people to flee abroad. It poses a clear security threat not only to the West – through attacks such as those in Paris – but also through its fight against ‘apostates’ in the Middle East. Syria and Iraq have been largely unsuccessful in countering this threat, which saw the involvement of the West in the conflict. A USA-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in the region since the summer of 2014, and Russia joined in the airstrikes in September 2015. The involvement of these outside actors has further complicated the situation, as it is not entirely clear what each of the actors wants. For example, some have suggested that Russia is merely helping the Syrian government stay in power. It is now up to UNSC delegates to decide what happens next.
TOPIC B
Migrant smuggling and human trafficking into, through and from the Libyan territory and off the coast of Libya
According to the IOM, over 3 000 people have lost their lives in 2015 while trying to cross the Mediterranean. Following the Libyan revolution and the killing of Gaddafi in 2011, political instability and widespread corruption have led to the rapid and unchallenged development of the smuggling and people-trafficking network in Libya. The crisis has also had a significant impact in Europe, with leaders struggling to agree on an EU-wide response. The migrant smuggling poses a deadly security threat for European countries: Libyan authorities have warned that IS could use these networks to traffic terrorists into mainland Europe.
Beyond the security concerns for Europe and the region, hundreds of lives are at stake. “They told me there was no risk, they said it was a big ship, it had a captain and two assistants. They said the ships don’t sink, if there’s any trouble we will be rescued and helped. But none of this was true. I will not try again, this route only leads to death. You sell your soul and those of your children taking this journey”, says a survivor (BBC News, 2015).
The winter’s colder temperatures mean that less migrants will attempt to cross the sea’s dangerous waters. Yet once spring returns in April 2016, the horror of this Mediterranean nightmare will be back stronger than ever.
CHAIRPERSONS
Kevin Rodgers
Born and raised in the Black Forest in the very South of Germany, Kevin B. Rodgers is a German-American student currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism at Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and History from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. 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. In 2015 he served as a Chairperson at MilMUN X and FAO Model.
The 2016 edition of MILMUN will be his sixth chairing experience. Besides his passion for MUNs Kevin loves to travel, exploring the world and getting to know lots of interesting people.
Léo Wilkinson
I am the result of the entente cordiale: although I was born in Lyon (France), I was brought up bilingually thanks to an English father and a French mother. I am currently a dual-master’s degree in European Affairs at SciencesPo Paris and at the London School of Economics. My dangerous enthusiasm for MUN conferences was sparked in 2010, and I have been chairing MUN conferences since 2012. Since then, I have chaired simulations at conferences in Hamburg (HamMUN), Sheffield (SheffMUN), Strasbourg (Model EU Strasbourg), Oxford (OxIMUN), Cambridge (CUIMUN) and Milan (MILMUN, of course!). On the (very) rare occasions when I am not geeking in the library, I can be found doing night photography.
Really looking forward to being back in Milan, and especially for MILMUN 2016!

 

MILMUN Chronicle
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Nikolas Schmidt
Nikolas Schmidt is a student of Economics, originally from Berlin, Germany. His MUN career has included positions as delegate, conference manager, chairperson and delegation manager at conferences in Germany, Poland, Serbia and the United States. Complementary to his interest in international relations and diplomacy, he has a full-grown obsession with Central and Eastern Europe.
As Editor-in-Chief, he will not only relive his MUN-origins as a journalist, but also be able to use his talents as spellchecker, investigator and record holder of MUN gossip posts.

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