Most Distinguished Future Participants of Galatasaray Lisesi Model United Nations Conference 2016,
I, Ece Yücer, hereby standing as the Secretary-General of Galatasaray Lisesi Model United Nations Conference 2016, invite you all in the name of our Academic and Organization Teams to the second annual session of Galatasaray Lisesi Model United Nations Conference (GSLMUN), where you will have an indelible experience at the heart of a historical metropolitan Istanbul. GSLMUN has authenticated its quality with its first conference in 2015. Now, it is our turn, as my team and I, to further enhance our conference with the feedback received and guarantee the high quality experience. We are bigger, better, and stronger.
Throughout the centuries, Istanbul has taken the contemplation of others as the center of the civilization. It is where you can embrace a ton variety of cultures, traditions, beliefs by just wandering around and observing the environment. Holding a conference at this spot has its perks, being close to the medial of current events. During this year’s conference, this is how we are planning on affixing different cultures: a conference during the Christmas in Istanbul, with special Christmas themes. I would like to thank our Director-General Alp Akçasayar, and Deputy Director-General İrem Sare Uzunal for their special focus on the organizational matters by planning a noteworthy conference embellished with special social events, and in-conference activities.
This year, GSLMUN has 7 distinct committees with extensive agenda items. Under the umbrella of General Assembly of the United Nations, we will entertain Disarmament and International Security Committee along with Special Political and Decolonization Committee. DISEC will deal with everlasting questions of the use of surveillance and weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles and implementation of the Indian Ocean as a peace zone, where SPECPOL will handle the safe removal of leftover unexploded ordnance and situation in non-self-governing territories. Being one of the main principal organs of the United Nations, Economic and Social Council is also present in our committees. North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s principal organ North Atlantic Council will be a part of GSLMUN 2016 with its interesting and peacebuilding agenda items, maintaining international peace and security. Moreover, GSLMUN has 3 Special Historical Committees. As the tradition has begun last year, the Historical Security Council will be a part of GSLMUN once again with its appealing topics including a time machine in the middle. I am proud to announce our 2nd Special Historical Committee: United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, 1947. The committee will simulate the era after United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Israeli and Palestine lands; a committee which will make recommendations under article 10 of the Charter, concerning the future government of Palestine. To sum up, a committee which will decide on the borders of the Middle East. Last but not least, we will have a Joint Crisis Committee, a tradition in Turkish Model UN society, with a challenging agenda item: Franco–Prussian War of 1870-1871. I would like to thank our Academic Team, especially my Deputy Secretaries-General Ayşegül Barlas and Batuhan Bilir for the teamwork that we have managed to perform.
All being said, I would like to conclude welcoming you, our prospective participant with a crucial quote. As John Foster Dulles stated: “The United Nations represents not a final stage in the development of world order, but only a primitive stage. Therefore, its primary task is to create the conditions which will make possible a more highly developed organization.” Furthermore, as Model UNers it is our aim to stimulate the primitive stage in the development of world order at its very best, which we will achieve in GSLMUN 2016.
I once again invite you all to GSLMUN 2016 and am looking forward to welcoming you in İstanbul, Turkey.
Secretary-General of Galatasaray Lisesi Model United Nations Conference 2016.