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.
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.
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 2019, as it is not only a conference, but an unforgettable experience.
With a complicated and violent history, the Kurdish people are fighting for their independence in the war-torn region that is the Middle East and have been ever since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Known as the world’s largest stateless nation and spanning 4 countries, the Kurdish people have encountered many difficulties in achieving their goal of forming an independent kurdish state. With a population surpassing 35 million, the Kurdish independence movement has been gaining momentum but with the violent dynamics of Middle East territories, does the creation of Kurdistan further divide an already divisive region? Could groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda benefit from the internal chaos? Should world powers like the United States intervene?
They say that when the US intervene, it always gets worse. But is it the case when it comes to Israel and Palestine? Recently, the US have moved their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, knowing full well of the unsure status of the city, since it’s an active conflict zone being claimed by both Palestine and Israel. With the whole world being struck by this decision, the conflict reached a turning point with the international involvement. The State of Palestine took matters to the courtroom against the US. The USA vs. Palestine trial is bound to change the world, but it is your duty to dictate its direction. ICJ, the fate of the world is in your hands. Choose wisely!
Imagine waking up one day and realising you do not have access to clean drinking water or a functioning shower. For some people this is not a nightmare, this is a lifestyle. And that has to change.) Up to 70% of the human body is water. But did you know that the same 70% represents the amount of industrial waste dumped into the water? A five-minute shower uses more water than a person in a developing country uses on a daily basis. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease and 1 in 3 people live without improved sanitation facilities. Poverty, hunger, AIDS and another 10% of global disease could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation and hygiene. The water crisis is a heartbreaking reality to which the world has turned a blind eye for too long a time. Therefore, we urge our delegates to realise the importance/graveness of this issue and debate in order to find viable solutions that could save the future of millions of people.
Prepare for an ultimate Crisis experience in this year’s “League of Nations” committee! Almost twenty years have passed since what they called “The War to End All Wars”, but worldwide peace was never truly achieved. The fragile balance of power established by the Treaty of Versailles is now threatened, as political tension is on the rise on all continents: a resurgent Germany lies in the heart of Europe, while in the East, the Soviets are ready to regain lost ground. The Rising Sun is expanding its sphere of influence over the Pacific, as the Great Depression is shaking the American economy. Will the nationalists restore the pride of their wronged people? Will the Comintern fulfill the dream of the Internationale? Or will the Victors of the Great War save the world as we know it? The future lies within the hands of our delegates, as they are put in charge of their nation, with all its might at their disposal. But beware, those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it!
Physical violence, psychological pressure, isolation. Although it is thought to be a subject of the past, being compelled into an undesirable marriage has its victims’ fundamental human rights disregarded, even up to this date. Worldwide, more than 650 million women alive today were forcefully married and every year at least 12 million girls are married before they reach the age of 18, and in the least developed countries that number doubles. Among the main reasons rooted in the core of these abuses are poverty, illiteracy, as well as religious and cultural norms. For the victims of forced marriage the suffering never ceases to exist as they are constantly facing abuses, forced labour, marital rape and even unwanted pregnancies, causing them to succumb to despair by self-harming or committing suicide. But why are many still considering that a wedding ring gives them absolute power over the spouse's moral and physical integrity?
What happened to Detroit? Why are my clothes made in Bangladesh? Why is Panama always in the news? You may have heard those questions being thrown around in the news lately. But don’t worry, this is where our two friends come into play: offshoring and outsourcing. They will certainly provide you with answers, but unfortunately with no solutions. Now, this is where you come into play. Whether you are a world power or a small nation, you have a seat at the table. You can make or break the rules. On paper, it seems as the offshoring and/or outsourcing method is a perfect solution for corporations and common people alike to make more money. But the reality is much more cruel and fickle because everything is not what it seems. Tax havens, lax tax policies, money laundering scandals and all that jazz. Those cute and cheap pair of jeans may seem like a steal for you, but not to the worker who was paid 10 dollars a day to make them for you. Capitalism is a double-edged sword. We are going to make economic history. So, which side are you going to be on?
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 fifteen 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. Fifteen 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.