• GalMUN 2017, 6th-9th of April

    A MUN conference with a tradition of innovation and a rich history of working towards a better future.

  • What is GalMUN?

    Galaţi Model United Nations is the conference held every year at "Vasile Alecsandri" High School in Galaţi, Romania. Currently at its 14th edition, Galmun has a long history of professionalism, intriguing debates and, most importantly, amazing delegates.

What is a MUN?


Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) is a conference similar to the United Nations in which students participate as delegates in various UN Committees. Participants research and formulate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries they represent.

Why GALMUN?

Galmun is known for its very innovative committees and intriguing topics. It is one of the very first MUNs to introduce a Crisis Committee, with great results in every single edition, in addition to renowned classics such as the Human Rights committee, the UN Security Council, or the brilliant International Court of Justice.

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If you would like to know some more about the topics discussed at Galmun, or about the overall experience as a Delegate, then watch the following videos or check the photo library below. And do sign up for Galmun 2017, as it is not only a conference, but an unforgettable experience.

This Year's Committees.


Countries marked with an * are also subject to a short inverview.

ECOSOC.
THE ROLE OF MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Chairpersons: Cristiana Țepeș & Iulia Gheorghe

Without an economic fundament development cannot be reached. This is why the United Nations have acknowledged the aftermath of the involvement of the multinational companies. But this begs the question: are all of their actions beneficial or is everything just play-pretend?
The economic role of multinational corporations (MNCs) is to convey physical and financial capital to countries with investment deficit. Consequently, wealth is generated, which yields new jobs at once. In addition, new tax revenues arise from MNC created income, allowing developing countries to improve their infrastructures and to strengthen their human capital. By advancing the productivity of capital flows, MNCs reduce world poverty levels and cover a positive area that is consistent with the United Nations’ mission.
According to the World Bank and the UN, MNCs have represented a crucial factor in the advancement in welfare in developing countries over the last 40 years. In those states where the presence of MNCs is trivial, grave poverty rates still persist.
In a war everyone is asked to pick sides, which is precisely why sitting on the fence is no solution to this ongoing argument of the importance of the Multinational Companies in sustainable development. Do not miss the opportunity to prove your delegate abilities and apply for the Economic and Social Council!

Available countries
Observer: World Bank*

ICJ.
JUSTIFYING THE IRAQ WAR

Chairpersons: Bogdan Constantin & Radu Nicolaev Malaxa

In 2003, a combined force of troops from the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland led by the United States invaded Iraq and deposed the Ba’athist government of Saddam Hussein. The decision, controversial until today, was mainly based on the assertion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and also supported terrorist activities, but prior to the invasion and then after, no substantial evidence was found to verify the initial claims made by the Bush administration regarding the presence of WMDs. 
A full weaponry inspection was demanded in 2002 by the US. This required unfettered access to suspected weapons production facilities in Iraq by UN weapons inspectors. Iraq supplied a full declaration of its weapons capabilities and manufacturing, as requested, and the report made by the inspectors concluded that the IEAE “found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons program or resumption of programs of weapons of mass destruction”. However, in October 2002, the US Congress passed a joint resolution to authorise the use of the US Armed Forces against Iraq.
Having this in mind, Iraq requests indemnifications from the US for all the casualties and destruction that was brought upon the aforementioned.
Your task is to debate the matter and defend your position in this inquiry. Apply for the International Court of Justice Committee and prove your abilities!

Available positions

SECURITY.
INTERVENTIONISM

Chairpersons: Corina Popovici & Ilona Iordache

Interventionism , concept that addresses the characteristics, causes, and purposes of a country’s interfering with another country’s attitudes, policies, and behavior. Political, humanitarian, or military intrusion in another country’s affairs, regardless of the motivation, is a highly volatile undertaking whose merits have long been debated by philosophers and politicians.
A generation ago, the terms "military intervention" and "conflict resolution" would almost never have been uttered in the same breath. The field of conflict resolution has its roots in the peace movements that dotted the 20th century, most of whose members found the use of force abhorrent. Militaries have intervened in the domestic affairs of other countries time and time again, but rarely have they done so in an attempt to end a complex emergency or intractable conflict --until recently. It is clear that the current power politics dynamic has shifted dramatically. In the space of the last half century, hard power has given way to soft power which has in turn now yielded increasingly to cyber power. And the challenge to leadership at every level of both the public and private sector to protect our physical, financial, institutional and ideological assets is considerable. And yet, interfering in foreign domestic affairs is still an open agenda. This committee’s purpose is therefore to establish a clear, effective framework for UN intervention into foreign conflicts. It must take into account many factors, which include elections, social reconciliation, military goals, reconstruction and more.
Do you agree with using one's national security establishments to intervene in countries abroad ? If you want to share your opinion, join the Security Council Committee today!

Available countries

UNHRC.
THE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

Chairpersons: Tudor Gheorghe & Andreea Palaghiță

Ever since the 20th century, the worldwide feminist movement has been gaining momentum. While its agenda is tackling issues like equal pay and education opportunities, one of its most crucial points is ensuring that all women have access to informed reproductive choices and enjoy the highest standards of health available to them. The current situation is dire: 225 million women worldwide lack access to contraception, being deprived of their right to healthy living. Annually, 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place and daily, approximately 800 women are losing their lives due to easily preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. When women have access to safe contraceptive methods, they are more likely to stay in school and pursue a career, thus dramatically boosting not only their independence, but also their communities’ economic potential. Should the reproductive rights of women be closely observed by all UN members and established as a basic human right? Should UN members take into consideration religious and social views when tackling problems related to women’s reproductive choices and health? The members of the UNHRC will address these issues, and not only, with clear thinking, and try to find solutions accepted and respected by all member states. Women's rights may be human rights, but the real question is: are you really prepared to make a difference? Keep your voice low no more. Join the UNHRC today!

Available countries
Observer: HR Watch

SPECPOL.
RESOLVING THE STATUS OF THE REMAINING NON-SELF-GOVERNING TERRITORIES

Chairperson: Irina Mocanu & Maia Rusu

In 1946, the eight Administering Powers (Australia, Belgium. Denmark, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) submitted a total of 74 countries to be listed as Non-Self-Governing Territories. Over the years, the list has seen territories come and go, from the Belgian Congo to Alaska, each removed when a change in status has been deemed by SPECPOL. Colonialism made the political world map look much as it does today, drawing up borders with no regard for local sensibilities and realities, purposefully misconceiving the cultural, economic, political and social conditions under which the colonized led their lives. In the process, colonial powers imposed inappropriate identities on the people they ruled, crippling peoples’ self-esteem, thus diminishing their self-efficacy and potentially stunting their long-term social development. Given the modern emphasis on the equality of states and inalienable nature of their sovereignty, many people do not realize that these non-self-governing structures still exist. Today, the list consists of 17 territories, the vast majority of which are British Possessions, though some are administered by France, the United States, New Zealand and Spain. The issue at hand is that these populations have not been provided with an opportunity to decide on a legitimate political status through popular consultation in the form of an acceptable act of self-determination. Bearing in mind that the period 2011-2020 has been proclaimed Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism, we strive only for outstanding delegates, capable of taking the matter into their own hands and finding solutions to eradicate colonialism once and for all.

Available countries

CRISIS.

Chairpersons: Teodora Patriche & Dragoș Ene

If you’re seeking to confront the highest levels of international debate, cooperation, and high-stakes decision-making, welcome to the committee that has them all! Are you eager to experiment the dynamic, unpredictable Crisis Committee? Do you wish to flaunt your acting skills and impersonate one of the world leaders? Whether you’re at the very beginning of your MUN journey, reluctant with regards to what type of issues truly bring out your inner diplomat, or you’re one of the veterans who is looking forward to something far more engaging, we’ve got you covered. Quick thinking and ability to work under pressure are the backbone of the Crisis Response Committee. Furthermore, our actions will incur swift reactions to events such as news bulletins, kidnappings, scandals, or deaths. The key to succeeding in this environment is representing your character well throughout the debate, which is why you will be given plenty of opportunities to speak. Keep well in mind that the way out of a crisis is paved with plenty of surprises and exciting updates. Can you handle them all? Then take the chance, and apply!

Available countries

The Galmun Experience.


We speak of the value visionaries have in the modern world on a daily basis, but I sincerely doubt we ever truly appreciate their efforts; from their initial conception of an innovative idea to its masterful execution, we – as observers or, sometimes, active participants – take such dreamers for granted.
However, for the past thirteen years, we – this time, as the students of the ‘Vasile Alecsandri’ National College – have avoided making that very mistake to the best of our ability. Thirteen years ago, a random thought struck Mrs. Ioana Albu – our county did not hold a Model United Nations. Of the many implications that thought had, one was that her students were not allowed the full experience of belonging to a community which organized a yearly event she very much appreciated – a formal debate on current, worldwide issues which could unite representatives of at least twenty-five states in each of no less than eight committees to discuss and negotiate as though their lives depended on it. There was no such conference in our community. So she created one – and named it GalMUN.
The first year was largely an experiment – imagine the novelty of it all! Mrs. Albu took on the task of electing the chairs of the half a dozen committees which functioned according to a set of traditional formal debate regulations and had a predetermined topic and the one that didn’t – the Crisis committee, which relied so heavily on courage and inclination to respond with creative solutions for impending crises. Soon enough, though, newness morphed into familiarity with a touch of excitement – the conference became a household name among high school students in Galati and the delegates became even more competitive. The application process tested more and more skills with each passing year and the expectations for live conversation skyrocketed as every edition came and went – began with enthusiasm and concluded with the sole regret of it not having lasted longer.
After a decade of successful debate, however – an entire decade of wonderful execution of an idea the founder of the conference had had ten years beforehand – Mrs. Albu decided the show would go on without her. She’d be an observer, we all knew, but her name would no longer appear on official documents in succession of the ‘director’ title or lay silently on the diplomas the very best delegates would receive at the closing ceremony on the last of the three conference days. But that choice was the opposite of ‘giving up’ – au contraire; the founder of GalMUN left the debate to be managed by two wonderful successors, who have organized the two most recent editions.
Two years ago – namely, GalMUN’s eleventh – was as much of a matter of trial and error as its first. The committees dared change – either by switching directions completely or merging – once every few years, but that didn’t affect the quality of the discussions – whether it be on issues as widely dissimilar as environmental and military, the conversation always concentrated on matters of international security. Upon encouragement from their chairpersons and directors, delegates took it on themselves to conquer fear and anxiety as eagerly as they would an enemy country and converse to find answers to the ever-pressing questions of the world.
This year, we’re rearing to go again.
The preparation process has been one characterized by an amount of hard work I’ve seen in very few places before, which can only be an indication of how smoothly the conference will go. Though we must acknowledge, praise for an event before its actual materialization could very well be leaping before looking long and hard into the gap, we are trying to bridge with a jump, the previous twelve GalMUNs have to count for something – they must stand as evidence that Mrs. Albu has created a conference designed for high school students and, if nothing else, that – it has remained.
Thus, the competitive history of GalMUN can say considerably more about what is to come than I ever could, but I will concede this – it is but an honor to everyone involved to know that they’ve contributed to a thirteen year-long legacy and which will continue to expand – even after the current chairpersons leave the high school, even after the two current directors have yielded the place to someone else, even after the river of debate topics seems to have been run completely dry.
After all, we can only assuredly affirm one thing about our conference – its history is still in the making.

From Our Previous Conferences.


This Year's Session Leaders.


MUN Directors: Ms Georgeta Sîrbu & Ms Anca Manea

Secretary General: Miss Alina Cristea
Deputy Secretary General: Miss Claudia Smadu




Address.


41 Nicolae Balcescu
Galaţi, GL
Romania
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