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BKKMUN Conference

On Sunday 8th October, 420 intrepid delegates from 21 schools made their way to Bangkok Patana to take part in the annual BKKMUN Conference. Presiding over the conference were Secretaries General Mark Comer and Putt Punyagupta (Year 13); Deputy Secretary General Nafis Mahboob (Year 13) and Parliamentarians Henry Phan (Year 12), Dillon Rajakarier (Year 12) and Ben Sanders (Year 12). The conference began with an impressive opening ceremony. Mr Mick Smith, Head of Secondary School, gave an inspiring speech looking at the possible roles the delegates will play in future world politics. Following this, an equally uplifting keynote address was given by Mrs Pauline Tamesis, who works in the UN Development Programme Office in Bangkok. She spoke about the role the U.N plays in seeking to achieve peace and overcome poverty and inequality. Once the conference was officially opened, delegates headed to 16 committees to begin debate.

Topics covered areas such as:
Security Council: The question of strengthening rule of law and ensuring accountability in post-conflict zones.
ECOSOC: The question of mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on economic development.
SPECPOL: The question of the right to environmental protection.
HRC: The question of strengthening, rehabilitation, and reintegration of youth offenders.
The question of strengthening international legal frameworks and cooperation to ensure accountability for crimes against women and children
DISEC: The question of regulating autonomous weaponry.
International Court of Justice:
Certain Iranian Assets (The Islamic Republic of Iran v. the United States of America)

Immunities and Criminal Proceedings (Equatorial Guinea v. France)
International Criminal Court:
Alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the context of renewed violence starting in 2012 in the Central African Republic (Referred by CAR)

Georgia: Alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the context of an international armed conflict between 1 July and 10 October 2008 (Referred by ICC prosecutor)
Historical Joint Crisis Committee:
Able Archer 83 (NATO v. Warsaw Pact)

Arab League:
The question of the rights and responsibilities of Arab nations with regards to accepting and relocating refugee populations.

The question of Arab cooperation in issues pertaining to the State of Palestine.

Debate was of the highest order throughout the day and all delegates took on their roles in an extremely conscientious manner.

BKKMUN Conference


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