HUMUN seeks to gather students that can role-play as delegates to the United Nations and as members of other international bodies, hence providing a platform for research and to debate in order to address key global issues. The conference covers topics ranging from international economic and social progress to global peace and security. It is an opportunity for participants to explore the world of international relations, highlighting concerns faced by leaders worldwide and proposing solutions.
HUMUN will include guest speaker sessions where Pakistan’s popular social activists and diplomats who have represented Pakistan in international bodies will be providing the participants with their inputs based on their experience. There will be post conference social events so that our chairs, delegates and the organize and socialize and network
Soon after Habib University started its very first year, the co-founding batch felt the need and responsibility as the first ever student body to create a public speaking for for a vibrant and versatile student life.
Over these few years, HUPSC has come a long way. The club focuses on training students and sending them to various debate championships in and outside of the city. Members have represented Habib University in renowned institutes and have won various accolades, including most promising team award from Ziauddin and Champion team at JSMUDC.
One of its biggest highlights of the season was that Habib University was the only institute in Karachi that had organized university style debating competition under the name, Habib University Debating Championship (HUDC). The annual faculty-student debate competition is another exciting event organized every year by the club.
Following its commitment to provide with best academic quality in debating to our community, the club is organizing Habib University’s first ever Model United Nations, HUMUN this year.
ABOUT HABIB UNIVERSITY
Habib University, a Liberal Arts University in Pakistan, is known for its distinct curriculum which encourages the students to engage in critical thinking and open minded discussions. The students are exposed to contrasting narratives of history, science, development, modernity, revolution, politics and religion. These narratives help in expanding the horizons of their thought and self-reflection. At Habib University, the liberal arts education as a whole aims to enable its students to think out of the box, indulge in investigation of the problems of the present times and devise the best, context-specific solutions.
The philosophy of Yohsin lies at the heart of this institution. Yohsin holds that “The worth of an individual is in their thoughtful self-cultivation”. Under this philosophy the institution provides various opportunities of personal and intellectual growth, including freedom of expression. Yohsin aims at maximizing one’s potential and utilizing it for the betterment of the community at large.
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) is one of the general committees that discusses social and humanitarian crisis around the world. If a country, or a group of countries, are involved in some kind of conflict that results in violation of basic human rights, then this committee aims to resolve the incurred problems.
As per our theme for 2017, we will be discussing LGBTQ visibility and legal rights in the Muslim world as well as the long standing issue of bonded labor in countries throughout the world. Hence,
Topic A: Plight of LGBTQ Community in Asia
Topic B: Bonded Labour
Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) committee centers on demilitarization, disarmament, as well as potential threats that can jeopardize international security. Under Article 11 of Chapter IV of the UN Charter, “The General Assembly may consider the general principles of co-operation in the maintenance of international peace and security, including the principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armament.”
This year’s topics will be
Topic A: Biochemical warfare
the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals, or plants as an act of war
Topic B: Militarization of the Arctic region
Major world powers want monopoly over the natural resources this region has to offer. Constant militarization by respective armies of these stakeholder is creating a hostile situation at home
The Special Political and Decolonisation Committee (SPECPOL), includes all 193 Member States, uniting to alleviate developing countries’ dependencies on former colonizing powers. The committee derives power from its mandate in Chapter XI of the United Nations Charter, which commits to the preservation of the rights and dignities of people living in non-self-governing territories.
HUMUN’17 realizes that UN’s current Peace-keeping agenda needs to accommodate solutions for contested loopholes in the existing system for a better functioning council. In addition to this, we will be discussing on the recent refugee crisis the European Union is facing due to a large number of asylum seekers entering the west from the disputed territories in the Muslim world.
Topic A: Review of United Nation’s Peacekeeping Agenda
Topic B: Refugee Crisis in Europe
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), has a primary responsibility under the United Nations Charter for the maintenance of international peace and security. It is for the Security Council to determine when and where a UN Peacekeeping operation should be deployed.
HUMUN’17 UNSC recognizes the growing need to develop mechanisms to check the recent surge in production of nuclear arsenals and development along with the irresponsible use of radioactive ammunitions by countries all over the world, especially after the recent North Korea and US foreign relations row. As per our theme, we’ll also be looking in detail what needs to be done regarding extremist outfits like Boko Haram in Africa.
Topic A: Nuclear Proliferation and situation in North Korea
Topic B: The Rise of Boko Haram in Africa
Following the 1969 burning of Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Jerusalem, a summit of Muslim Leaders took place on September 25, 1969 in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco. This summit lead to the establishment of an intergovernmental Islamic organization that is today known as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It is the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations (UN). With 57 Member States from four continents and various Observer States and Bodies from around the world at present, OIC proclaims to be the collective voice of the Muslim World. The Organization aims to serve as a unified front for the globally diverse Islamic community or Ummah, to protect and advocate their rights and interests, and work to resolve the disputes and conflicts among the Member States along with promoting international peace and goodwill.
HUMUN 2017 will try to resolve the ongoing catastrophe of disunity among members of the gulf regarding Saudi Arabia’s allegation against Qatar for sponsoring terrorism in the Muslim World. Apart from that, OIC will also draft resolution that will propose finalized terms for creation of Islamic Military Alliance.
Topic A: Gulf States Diplomatic Crisis
Topic B: Finalizing terms for Islamic Military Alliance (IMA)
This Committee will be a unique HUMUN feature. This committee is set at the time when the Sub continent is restructuring itself into proper nation-states as the British announce departure from South Asia. Different stakeholders will be provided platform to debate on division of borders, transfer of power, allocation of assets and situations with princely states. This committee will include personalities from Muslim League, Congress, and other parties, as well as members from the British Parliament.
Topic: Resolving issues for Post-British Subcontinent
A Crisis Committee is a small body, with usually no more than twenty members, brought together to deal with an issue of immediate importance. While General Assemblies or Specialized Committees work to find long-term solutions to long-term problems, such as literacy, infant mortality, or economic coordination, Crisis Committees often handle short-term issues with swift and decisive measures. Crisis Committees often deal with issues like wars, revolutions, disaster control, or economic collapse.
For HUMUN 2017, we will be looking into all major social, political and economic developments in the world from time 2005 to 2016 time period and the committee will deal with simulated crisis relevant and consequential to the development.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a collaborative project created to set a collection of infrastructure developments throughout Pakistan. CPEC is intended to rapidly modernize Pakistani infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerous energy projects, and special economic zones. Originally valued at $46 billion, the value of CPEC projects is now worth $62 billion. The official website for China-Pakistan Economic corridor claims, ”CPEC will not only benefit China and Pakistan but will have positive impact on Iran, Afghanistan, India, Central Asian Republic, and the region.”
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Committee will include members from all those involved stakeholders in the recently confirmed deal between China and Pakistan for economic cooperation between the two countries. Given the strategic position of Gwadar, resistance from Baloch Nationalist elements and concern about India’s stance and position in the development of the corridor are important pointers that need to be discussed and debated in detail.
HUMUN’17 will provide a platform for our young diplomats to take position as these different stakeholders and decide on resolutions for a progressive and well-functioning economic deal.
Topic: Gwadar’s Strategic Position and Cost-Benefit Analysis for partaking in CPEC