Dear Honored Delegates, My name is Elizabeth Hickey and it is my privilege to invite you to the 2nd annual American School of Dubai Model United Nations Conference. Our conference will be held on Wednesday, March 1st through Saturday March 4th, 2017. Providing the best delegate experience has always been our goal, and with committees simulating bodies from around the world, we hope we can offer something that appeals to any MUN participant! We are excited about this year’s theme “Restoring Peace.” Finding peace isn’t just about stopping armed conflicts. We hope delegates will think outside the military box and examine what “Restoring Peace” can mean to the environment, communities, relationship, inner peace, etc.
ASDMUN hopesto continue to engage delegates who wish to think on their feet. Within the General Assembly, students will be developing a legal and ethical framework for the regulation of modifications to the human genome. The Security Council will tackle the concerning issue of preventing the spread of terrorism through lone wolf informants and sleeper cells, with special regard to the Islamic State. Human Rights Commission will try to make everyone a little safer with creating a framework for the protection of international whistleblowers. Arab Council continues to face the tragic issue of addressing the basic needs of Syrian Refugees in Lebanese Refugee Camps. Economic and Social Council takes us to the other side of the world to discuss the issue involving the prevention of the Zika virus within South America. Environmental Commission brings us back to the region in trying to find feasible fresh-water alternatives to desalination in the Middle East in order to restore peace to marine ecosystems.
Part of the excitement of being at ASDMUN is the opportunity to participate in an MUN in a Middle Eastern country, which may be a unique experience for some of you. As you are surely aware, this region has some sensitive rules in order maintain cultural respect. Below is a legal guide of do’s and don’ts in the UAE: - Do not write/debate anything that threatens the UAE’s public morals, the principles of Islam or the state. - Do not post any pictures that contain irreverence to Islam or other religions. Any writing/debates must show respect to the UAE’s leaders, its government and its institutions. - Do not post anything that belittles or criticises the UAE’s cultural and social customs. No writing/debates containing direct, specific threats of violence against mothers can be published. - No hate speech – including content containing graphic or gratuitous violence. Always check the source of material you are posting – especially material that you do not own or is subject to someone else’s rights. - Do not write/debate about people’s private information without getting their consent first.
ASDMUN is more than an event; it is a one of a kind experience providing both our current students and you the opportunity to meet new people, expand the breadth and depth of your knowledge and understanding of the world, and of course, have a great time! Every one of our current ASD students has been a participant of international MUNs. It is this type of dedication and enthusiasm that are the core of Model UN. Our anticipation and excitement for this year's event can only be exceeded by yours. We are confident that ASDMUN II will be outstanding, and we look forward to sharing the experience with you at our 2nd American School of Dubai Model United Nations Conference! I look forward to greeting you personally.