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Opening issue of the newsletter for MACMUN 2013

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  • Al Jazeera

    English

    ContentsPage 2 - Message from the

    Secretary GeneralPage 3 - Message from the Head of International Press

    Page 4 - About the CommitteesPage 5 - General AssemblyPage 6 - Security Council

    Page 7 - Economic and SocialCouncil

    Maharaja Agrasen College

    Model United Nations 2013

    Head of International Press

    Twesh Mishra

    Reporters

    Amlan Das

    Priyanshi Chauhan

    Palak Nayyar

    Creative Editor

    Paritosh Anand

    Photographers

    Shailaja Das

    Aman Agarwal

    Ankit Kumar

  • Message from the Secretary GeneralThe Concept: A Polarizer?

    Its one of those polarizing concepts, whose detrac-

    tors and supporters will leave no stone unturned in

    order to prove their point. Over the last few months,

    I have heard dierent people ascribing dierent con-

    notations to the entire premise of Model United Na-

    tions (MUN) and every single such conversation has

    allowed me to venture into newer nuances. Some of

    the well-established downsides apart, MUNs, by

    virtue of their sheer de-

    sign, are a connecting link

    between a commoner and

    the global polity. They mir-

    ror what transpires within

    the connes of high-rise

    buildings where modern

    day nation states, instead

    of artillery, use diplomatic

    maneuvers and play eco-

    nomic hardball in order to

    assert themselves beyond

    their own borders. By sim-

    ulating real-time situa-

    tions, they provide a

    glimpse into the character

    of nations as mega-organic

    entities, constituted at the

    micro-level by people with

    similar characteristics.

    MAC MUN 2013: Not

    unique, but dierent

    nonetheless

    It is with the endeavor of

    providing yet another con-

    genial platform for the unfolding of the aforemen-

    tioned that we present to you MAC MUN 2013, an

    event, which despite not being unique, is dierent.

    Yes, we are not unique for we do realize that there

    are several such awe-inspiring conferences happening

    around us, and in all honesty, we have tried to take a

    leaf out of each one of them in order to streamline

    our way of functioning. Having said that, what makes

    MAC MUN 2013 dierent nonetheless is the vision of

    the team that has toiled endlessly in order to put it

    up. Issues of utmost relevance have been chosen for

    discussion, and we have tried to amalgamate the old

    and the vintage with the new and the forward-look-

    ing. Add to that a stellar line up of Executive Board

    members and some of the most renowned names

    from the citys MUNing fraternity donning the mantle

    of delegates, and MAC MUN, in its second session,

    seems all set for the fate of a blockbuster.

    And the journey comes to a tting end

    A little over a month back, we had set our eyes on

    something big, something with a novel vision, and

    while writing this piece, I have no qualms in admitting

    that we have achieved more

    than what we had thought

    we could. As somebody who

    does not hail from the organ-

    izing institution, I have been

    amazed to observe how pas-

    sion has subsumed dier-

    ences and the way in which

    the organizing committee has

    posed its full faith in my expe-

    rience and capabilities. I take

    this opportunity to thank all

    the members of the organiz-

    ing committee, the teachers-

    in-charge and the Principal of

    Maharaja Agrasen College for

    their relentless support. I es-

    pecially wish to convey my

    gratitude towards the Deputy

    Secretaries General Sohil

    Badhwar and Bhavay Wad-

    hwa, for without their per-

    sistence and perseverance,

    the vision behind this event

    would never have material-

    ized.

    Last but not the least, I express my gratitude towards

    every single delegate and members of all the Execu-

    tive Boards and the International Press, all of whom

    have taken out time from their daily professional and

    academic engagements in order to attend this event

    on weekdays. In the absence of even one of the above

    stated stakeholders, the conference wouldnt have

    enjoyed the same level of piquancy.

    Heres hoping that all of you witness two days of in-

    tense debating and shrewd diplomacy, and walk out

    enriched and enlightened at the end of it. Best!

    Kartikeya Batra

    Al Jazeera

    Page 2

  • Message from the Head of International PressThe crux of an egalitarian society is comfortably cen-

    tred on robust news establishments; with the afore-

    mentioned thought in mind, it is understandable that

    democracy as is a mere notion if not backed by free

    expression. If analysing the responsibility of a news

    media house, one would realise the multiple pressure

    groups that act as valves for the dispensation of news.

    Predominant ones are the thirst for revenue and

    rather novel quest for upholding moral values. En-

    deavours to gain high moral ground are an interesting

    phenomenon of the media industry. At one hand they

    compete alongside other capitalist establishments for

    revenue, on the other they comply with amorphous

    parameters of truthful and ethical social norms. A suc-

    cessful news media house is identied with only after

    the fullment of both these entities.

    At Maharaja Agrasen College Model United Nations

    conference 2013, a niche International Press would

    be simulated. Emulating the working style of Al

    Jazeera English, members of the International Press

    would strive to exhibit an interpretative, informative

    and insightful approach to the committee proceed-

    ings. Utmost deliberation, through research and par-

    liamentary conduct would be expected from all

    members.

    There are multiple reasons for emulating Al Jazeera

    as the sole news media conglomerate which would

    analyse the proceedings at MACMUN 2013. Primary

    of them being that agendas of the General Assembly

    and Security Council are centred conict emanating

    in the Middle East. The Qatar based media house has

    been consistently appreciated for accurate, unbiased

    and astute coverage of aairs pertaining to the region.

    With the launch of global Al Jazeera English news

    channel in 2006, focus on economic aairs and their

    implications on the common masses was also given

    much consideration. A rounded approach to coverage

    of sensitive issues, protests and societal issues has

    further enabled the selection of Al Jazeera.

    What allows this relatively nascent media conglom-

    erate to aord such an approach to news is its sur-

    prisingly democratic framework. Al Jazeera is partly

    funded by the Emir of Qatar and partly by private in-

    vestors, resulting in a stout editorial policy which al-

    lows for a novel approach to interpreting news.

    Al Jazeera represents the voices of the repressed, the

    anti-establishment and non-state actors, the common

    masses and consequently, the largest stakeholders in

    a democracy.

    Twesh Mishra

    Page 3

    Al Jazeera

  • About the Committees

    Page 4

    Al Jazeera

    According to Article 26 of United Nations Charter, Dis-

    armament and International Security Committees

    mandate is to promote the establishment and main-

    tenance of international peace and security with the

    least diversion for armaments of the worlds human

    and economic resources. Under the UN Charter, all

    member states and observers of the United Nations

    are automatically part of the rst committee of the

    General Assembly, and have an equal vote. Docu-

    ments also require a simple majority to be passed.

    With topics similar to those discussed in the Security

    Council, DISEC meets once a year for a 5-week session

    in October.

    General Assembly

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), one of

    the six main organs established, was conferred upon

    the responsibility of maintaining international peace

    and security. This in fact was the very motive of the

    establishment of the whole institution, which clearly

    suggests the importance and signicance of the

    UNSC.

    The UN Charter lists down four main purposes for

    the UNSC. Listing down exactly, the UNSC has to:

    to maintain international peace and security;

    to develop friendly relations among nations;

    to cooperate in solving international problems and

    in promoting respect for human rights;

    And to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of

    nations.

    Security Council

    Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) serves as the

    central forum for discussing international economic

    and social issues, and for formulating policy recom-

    mendations addressed to Member States and the

    United Nations system. It is responsible for promoting

    higher standards of living, full employment, and eco-

    nomic and social progress; identifying solutions to in-

    ternational economic, social and health problems;

    facilitating international cultural and educational co-

    operation; and encouraging universal respect for

    human rights and fundamental freedoms.

    Economic and Social Council

  • South Sudans Controversial Divorce from theNorth: Grave Challenges Ahead

    Although it has been over a year since South Sudan

    successfully seceded from the North, it is not new

    that the challenges that stand before it