Having attended an American High School in Greece, John is currently enrolled in the International and European Studies Undergraduate Program at the University of Pireaus where he has also worked as a Teaching Assistant and Researcher. Last year he was an Intern at the Permanent Mission of Greece to the U.N. in New York and will embark on an another Assistantship at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece this coming Semester. Within the Model United Nations sphere, John has attended more than twenty Conferences with Distinctions at venues ranging from Oxford University to Washington DC. Currently, John is keen on assisting his classmates via MUN Training Sessions as Head of the local Model United Nations Club. His experience as Deputy Secretary General in THESSISMUN 2012 has brought him a step closer to the aforementioned goal.
Though German, Tobias obtained an IB Diploma in the United Kingdom. In a further pursuit of his passion for experiencing cultural diversity, he decided to major in International Economics at Bocconi University. During his first year in Milan, he joined the University’s MUN Club and has enjoyed participating in multiple MUN Conferences ever since. Convinced about the private sector’s important role in economic development, he has gained further experience at private firms such as Deutsche Bank and the Boston Consulting Group. In order to spread awareness of the significant changes in the global economy, Tobias has founded the Bocconi Emerging Markets Society and wishes to gain significant exposure to developing countries and “tiger” markets in the future.
Topic Area A: The transition to a post-2015 M.D.G. Agenda
The United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration in 2000 and the Millennium Development Goals (a set of time-bound development targets set to be achieved by 2015) in 2001 with the overarching objective of reducing poverty and improving social welfare. However, in spite of all efforts, most developing countries still face serious challenges, as U.N. action has been confined mainly to East Asia (namely China). Additionally, the global environment has transformed significantly since 2000 and is still changing. The poverty dynamics have been reversed, since economic power is shifting from the North to the South with BRIC countries playing a larger role in international development. Issues such as climate change and sustainable development have become stronger contenders for global attention as opposed to poverty eradication. The global economy is also going through stormy conditions, as the Eurozone is struggling to cope with sovereign debt and financial market shocks.
With this background, several options for a Post-2015 development Agenda need to be explored: (i) continuing with MDGs, via a revised timeline, (ii) retaining MDGs with necessary modifications to reflect recent changes in priorities and missing critical elements from current MDGs, (iii) adopting a Human Rights and capabilities – driven approach and (iv) adopting an Agenda based on Rio+20, mainly focusing on sustainable development and poverty reduction. In all these options an element that needs to be avoided is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Nation-specific conditions and characteristics need to guide any goals/targets in a future scenario through a wider consultative process for the Agenda to adress all stakeholders instead of being donor-centric. A post-2015 agenda needs to be based on a global social contract, relevant to people in the South and North, rather than being dominated by development aid professionals.
Topic Area B: Water management in developed countries
“Many of the wars of the 20th century were about oil, but wars of the 21st century will be over water unless we change the way we manage water.” In these words of the World Bank Vice-President Ismail Serageldin, the ever-increasing importance of water is clearly portrayed. The world’s population is exponentially increasing, the climate is getting warmer and resources on our planet are getting scarcer and scarcer every year. While, without doubt, oil has been the main resource over which most nations have quarreled and others have become immensely prosperous in the past century, water will undoubtedly be the Apple of Discord in the future. Given the fact that only 3% of the globe’s water supply is drinkable, nations have to reconsider the use they make of the available portions of this precious good. When activities such as agriculture and manufacturing take up large portions of that supply and human mass consumption is also as detrimental to the world’s resources of drinking water, it is of paramount importance that governments come together and take steps towards the preservation of the “gift of life”, as water is often pronounced.
Your role, as U.N. diplomats and policy-makers is to ensure the safety and prosperity of the world. When times change, the issues and challenges the world faces change as well. So it falls on your shoulders to decide if in the future the world will be a safe place, when it comes to water conflicts, or an uncontrollable arena of water hunters.
|Nigeria||Pakistan*||Republic of Korea|
|Russian Federation*||Senegal||South Africa*|
|United States of America*|
positions marked in green are AVAILABLE
positions marked in red are TAKEN