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COCMUN 2021
College of the Canyons
May 15, 2021 

 

General Assembly 
Social, Ethical, and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence
Background Guide

The UN has and continues to hone its strategies to better understand and utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for the betterment of the international community. Taking into consideration that this topic can be taken in many avenues of discussion, this committee will focus on the social, ethical, and political implications pertaining to AI and avoid discussing topics such as lethal autonomous weapons and/or cyber-attacks. Throughout this committee, delegates will have the opportunity to collaborate with other nations to focus on how current AI can be used to improve conditions in developing nations.

Specialized Committees
International Olympic Committee
Background Guide

In 2020, the world witnessed COVID-19 spread rapidly around the globe, shutting down economies and pushing back the Olympic games. With the continued threat of COVID-19 outbreaks around the world and to protect the Japanese people, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) must now plan the first truly global Olympic games, with events taking place in different countries around the world or by connecting athletes virtually. In this committee, it will be up to delegates to plan and secure venues around the world to ensure the safety of athletes while, at the same time, addressing issues of equity associated with the Olympic Games.

European Parliament
Background Guide

In December 2020, the European Council announced an unprecedented economic plan with China, the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). In its promise for increased bilateral access, transparency, and environmental standards, delegates in the European Parliament (EP) will vote upon the CAI and propose amendments to implement their party’s policies in committee. As select parties within the EP seek to strengthen economic ties with China, opposition forces have expressed concerns about China’s human rights violations both in Hong Kong and the reported cultural genocide of the Uyghur Muslims. Delegates who participate in the European Parliament will seek to uphold the humanitarian ideals established in the Constitution of the Parliament as they pursue the advancement of Europe’s economic capacities.

Crisis Committee
Stalin's Cabinet
Background Guide

On March 2, 1953, the aging dictator of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, was discovered in his room unconscious and near death. Absent a clear line of succession, the potential for chaos in the wake of Stalin’s death was looming. It is now up to Stalin’s Cabinet, trusted advisors, friends, and other influential members of the Communist Party to keep the Soviet Union afloat in the absence of its great leader, all the while seizing this opportunity to gain the throne for themselves. In this exciting and fast-paced committee, trust will be broken, backs will be stabbed, and blood is bound to be spilled. Who will emerge victorious as the next great leader of the Soviet Union? Only time will tell. As of now, the future of Communist Russia remains unwritten.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

May 15, 2021 (Saturday)

Check-in: 7:30am - 8:25 am (PST)
First Session: 8:30am - 12:30 pm (PST)
Delegate Feedback: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm (PST)
Lunch: 1:00pm - 2:30 pm (PST)
Second Session: 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm (PST)

REGISTRATION FEES

The conference is free. There are no delegate or delegation fees.  

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DELEGATES

While participating at CanyonsMUN, delegates are expected to:

  • Remain “in character” by consistently advocating the interests and representing the policies of the country, organization, or individual you were assigned. To act “in character” also entails displaying respect for the opinions and ideas of fellow delegates, even if these opinions and ideas conflict with the country, organization, or individual you are representing.
  • Collaborate with fellow delegates whenever possible.
  • Be courteous and professional at all times.
  • Attend the entire session. 
  • ATTIRE: Given the virtual setting, delegates should not feel compelled to wear western business attire or business casual. However, please do not dress too casually (e.g., sports jerseys, tee-shirts, etc.).
  • Delegate Terminology: Click on the link to view the terminology delegates use in COCMUN conferences. Minor deviations from our terminology is NOT a problem.   

AWARDS CRITERIA

Though awards are not the purpose of Model United Nations, COCMUN understands that awards can provide recognition for extraordinary effort and diplomacy. COCMUN has established criteria for evaluating delegates on every aspect of participation in the conference. Each aspect is equally important and evenly weighed in the determination process. The number of awards given in each committee will be determined by the dais based on the performance and number of delegates present. Areas of evaluation are:

Remaining "in character": Defined as advocating your assigned country’s position in a manner consistent with economic, social and geopolitical constraints. Although being ‘in character’ involves the accurate representation of your country’s diplomatic style, delegates should not model inappropriate stereotypes or character traits. Any undiplomatic behavior is inherently out of character for United Nations delegates. Model UN delegates are to emulate the work of diplomats, not the sometimes more theatrical presentations of Heads of State/Government to the General Assembly (and media) during the general debate each fall; speeches by Heads of State/Government are political in nature and sometimes aimed as much at domestic audiences as at their UN counterparts.

In addition, delegates should remember that any observation, comment or complaint regarding another delegate’s portrayal of his/her country's ‘character’ is highly inappropriate, and such comments are themselves inherently ‘out of character’ for a diplomat. Yelling, standing on chairs and other examples of unprofessional behavior are not characteristics of model diplomats. Remaining ‘in character’ includes consistent and accurate diplomacy and caucusing in a manner consistent with the country’s position and power, i.e., behind-the-scenes negotiator vs. in-the-forefront debater. Well-prepared delegates are typically committee leaders, whether or not such leadership is consistent with relevant foreign policy. Delegates will not be punished for natural leadership tendencies; however, delegates must recognize that there are limits to what is acceptable in this situation.

Awards will be mailed to the winning delegates. 

RULES OF PROCEDURES (ROPs)

General Assembly (ROPs)

Crisis Committee (ROPs)

Brandon Huetter
Secretary General, CanyonsMUN 2021
Email: cocmodelun@gmail.com

 

Dr. Phil Gussin
Department of Political Science
Faculty advisor, COCMUN Club.
Email: phil.gussin@canyons.edu