Co-sponsored by the Global Voices Program of International House at the University of Chicago
The United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter is pleased to announce the inaugural Intergenerational Model United Nations (InterGenMUN) event happening on Saturday, November 15 at the International House at the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago! For more information, email InterGenMUN@unachicago.org. Event poster is attached below.
What is InterGenMUN?
This unique experience will offer the chance for experienced and novice delegates alike to participate in a simulation to understand and appreciate the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making. Delegates will have the chance to prepare draft resolutions, develop strategy, negotiate with allies and adversaries and challengers, and overcome conflict while utilizing and enacting the UN's operating procedure. InterGenMUN will incorporate four different committees in which delegates can participate, which are listed below. After the opening session, delegates will be break out into their pre-selected committees in order to represent their pre-selected country (first-come, first-serve based registration) and to caucus, or informally debate with their colleagues to collaborate, negotiate, and draft formal resolutions for presentation to the full committee. At the end of the day, all delegates will again come together to hear the final resolutions that passed in the various committees and to celebrate a successful simulation of how to solve the world's problems!
- Please note you must have prior Model UN experience and a thorough working knowledge of the rules of procedure in order to Chair a committee.
- You do not need prior Model UN experience to fill the Vice Chair or Rapporteur positions or to simply participate as a general delegate.
- Application for Chairs, Vice Chairs and Rapporteurs is attached below, which is best completed with Microsoft Word though the pdf version also works.
- There will be a mandatory training session for all selected Chairs, Vice Chairs and Rapporteurs prior to the Conference.
- Deadline is October 25th to apply for a Committee Chair, Vice Chair or Rapporteurs position. (See Position Descriptions below)
The InterGenMUN experience is meant to cultivate international understanding, life skills, and the attitudes necessary for responsible and active global citizenship. Most of all, InterGenMUN is a chance for Chicagoans to get together to intimately understand and appreciate, through reenactment and compromise, the importance and the challenges that delegates in the United Nations face. Anyone between the ages of 16-116 who has a commitment and desire to become globally engaged on a local level is welcome to attend.
11:30 am Registration/Material Pickup & Networking Lunch (Boxed lunch is provided)
12:30 pm Opening Ceremony
Welcome Remarks from Farah Salim Eck, President, UNA-GCC
Welcome Remarks from International House/Global Voices
Keynote Speaker – TBA
1:15 pm Committee Sessions
(Breakout into separate rooms; Senior Policy Adviser will provide in-depth lecture on topic for 20 minutes; remaining time will be dedicated to country negotiating, discussion, and proposal development):
1. Security Council: Israel-Palestinian conflict; Senior Policy Adviser: Professor Iymen Chehade. Iymen is a Lecturer of Middle Eastern history, with a specific focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at Columbia College in Chicago, where he created the Israeli-Palestinian conflict course. He is active in the area of public policy and human rights regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Iymen is the adviser to the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at Columbia College and sits on the American Association of University Professors Committee on Academic Freedom. Iymen is the Founder and Director of Uprising Theater, the first theater in the country that prioritizes Palestinian plays and art.
2. Commission on Status of Women: Universal Access to Reproductive Health and Contraceptives; Senior Policy Adviser: Cheryl Jefferson. Author and speaker Cheryl is a passionate advocate for human rights who uses the arts to raise consciousness as the first step toward change. The creator/executive producer of The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions©, she uses all artistic genres to promote awareness of honor killing, FGM, child marriage, and more throughout the US. Her efforts include a fine art exhibit currently traveling the US; commission of original choreography for a full length dance concert scheduled for spring, 2015 and a writers incubator. A multi-year participant in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Cheryl has worked as a staff writer/producer for ABC-TV, PBS, J. Walter Thompson, Encyclopaedia Britannica Films; and USG Corporation. As a writer, Cheryl has been awarded Wurlitzer and Ragdale Foundation residencies, first place in the Red Dress Ink and Transformational Author experience writing competitions. As a producer/director she has been recognized with the Best of Festival from the Milan International Medical Film Festival and fourteen Golden Eagles from the American Industrial Film Festival. She is the co-author of Use Your Anger: A Woman's Guide to Empowerment; Writing Your Authentic Self; and numerous other books. She is also a highly sought after, award winning TEDxIIT 2013 speaker who has appeared on NPR, WYCC-TV's In the Loop, at the United Nations, and at other national venues, all with the ultimate goal of creating positive change.
3. Food and Agriculture Organization: Food Security in the Developing World; Senior Policy Adviser: Kat Aldag. Kat works as an Academic Advisor and Global Learning Community First-Year Seminar Instructor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kat serves as Co-Chair on the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women’s Staff Concerns Subcommittee, advocating for professional development opportunities and organizing campus-wide events. Additionally, Kat serves on the Undergraduate Academic Resource Committee, designing programing geared toward improving student success. As a fervent believer in strengths-based advising, Kat also serves on the university’s Strengths Finder Cohort, an initiative to transform UIC into a strengths-based campus. As an instructor for the Global Learning Community Seminar, Kat teaches a First-Year course on global issues such as (im)migration, climate change, food security and food sovereignty, labor exploitation, and community formation through online social networking and other media, facilitating respectful debates and fostering cross-cultural understanding. Through the Global Learning Community, Kat serves as Faculty Advisor for Unite for Sight, a global health initiative to provide access to eye care. Additionally, she serves as Faculty Advisor for Thaakat Foundation, which promotes charitable giving and humanitarian work.
4. UN Environmental Programme Global Compact: MNC Accountability for Sustainable Development; Senior Policy Adviser: Major General (Ret.) Charles Tucker. Charles is the Executive Director of the WEInstitute. The WEInstitute asserts the need for a more human-centered approach to security, as peace is much more than absence of war and absence of violence. Human security encompasses human rights, good governance, access to education and health care and ensuring equal access to opportunity. The sustainability aspect of human security emphasizes systemic changes embraced by diverse actors and comprehensive social, economic and environmental rights and responsibility. The sustainability approach to human security development is for the WEInstitute quite close to a human rights based sustainable development process. Every step in the direction of this comprehensive framework is an enduring contribution towards reducing poverty, achieving economic growth and preventing conflict. Therefore the work of sustainable human security development is about guaranteeing and promoting freedom from want, freedom from fear, and the freedom of future generations. The lack of sustainable human security has adverse consequences on national and international security, economic growth and therefore development. Investing in this comprehensive framework is the foundation to all of our trainings, projects and operations. Complex problems require this comprehensive approach. In practice, the application of this framework means to plan, manage and evaluate international development projects in line with social, political, economic, food, health, education security factors. Sustainable human security development is a people-centered, multidimensional human dignity approach. It is our hope that this InterGenMUN will serve as a platform to enhance understanding of these issues, and aid in growing the inter-connected web of international professionals.
4:20 pm Closing Ceremony
5:30 pm End of Conference
InterGenMUN Executive Council
Secretary General: Farah Salim Eck
Under-Secretary General of Internal Relations: Deborah Goosby
Under-Secretary General of External Relations: Hartwig Zakin
Under-Secretary General of Marketing: Farah Salim Eck
- Marketing Task Force Member: Sandra Smith-Doghmi
Under-Secretary General of Committee Chairs: Samantha Stevens
Co-Under-Secretary General of Registration: Rabia Zaid
Co-Under-Secretary General of Registration: Nicole Anderson
Under-Secretary General of Education: Monique Herard
- Education Task Force Member: Tram Ngo
Under-Secretary General of Development: Aleeza Asghar
Under-Secretary General of Finance: Anne Porowski
Preparing for InterGenMUN
Before November 15, all delegates should take a look at their designated committee topic and country. These assignments will be confirmed to all registered (paid) participants by the end of October, once the committees and Senior Policy Advisers have been finalized. Information will be made available on the particular countries and their stance on topics here, but advance research is strongly suggested so that delegates can come into the event prepared and ready to negotiate! Below are some helpful hints to help delegates prepare. For more general information to help prepare a delegate for the MUN experience, please visit UNA-USA's Model UN page.
Q: What are Senior Policy Advisers?
Senior Policy Advisers are experts who will provide detailed information about a committee topic to enhance the understanding of a particular topic and to offer specific examples or illustrations to help delegates to bolster support for their caucusing and negotiations.
Charged with overseeing the entire resolution process. He or she must make sure that delegates are writing resolutions in the proper format. Also, he or she will ensure that delegates are staying on topic and are genuine to their delegation’s policies. Model UN experience required.
Committee Vice Chair
Responsible for facilitating all of his or her committee’s proceedings by following Global Classrooms Model UN rules of procedure, ruling on points and motions, keeping time, and ensuring that students have a lively debate. In addition, the Committee Vice Chair moderates proceedings when deemed necessary by the Committee Chair. Model UN experience required for Security Council position only.
Responsible for keeping the committee in order by maintaining the speakers list, calling roll, and tracking all resolutions and votes. The Rapporteur can and should assist in all aspects of running the committee and should serve as the main liaison between the dais and Conference Services and UNA-USA staff. Model UN experience required for Security Council position only.