International ASFMUN Conference
February 20th, 2021
February 23rd and 24th, 2021
UPDATED: February 2021
ASFMUN’s preparatory material guarantees that delegates will be much more confident in understanding their topics and positions; providing engaging and transformative learning opportunities that will aim to empower students with the skills and resources they need to be successful in the model.
Currently, our leadership team is hard at work assembling the background guides for you. We will notify you as soon as a committee's background guide is released!
- Ad Hoc
- International Press Corps (IPC)
- Theoretical Committee (“UNiversity”)
- Special Committee on Protests
- World Tourism Organization (WTO)
- United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
- 1968 Crisis Committee
- African Union
Dias: Luz María Guerrero, Gal Bezek
Experience a taste of the spontaneous nature of the real UN and international relations with our ad hoc committee, where you decide the topics the moment you take the floor. Ad hoc delegates should have a complete mastery of their country’s foreign policy to be able to debate any topic, as topics are delegate-chosen within the committee. Are you up to the challenge of fully embodying the foreign policy of your country?(Recommended for advanced delegates for delegates who enjoy crises).
Countries available: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.
Dias: Sofía Abarca, Alexander Farrell.
Live the life of a reporter for two days as you weave in and out of committees, reporting on their proceedings from the viewpoint of an international news/media source. Press Corps delegates will observe, interview, and write about the activities of delegates and other ASFMUN committees as if they were real reporters at a UN session. The challenge? Stick to your media outlet’s viewpoint and style to give us your side of the ASFMUN story. (Recommended for delegates with strong writing skills and/or an interest in media literacy).
Media outlets available: Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera, Buzzfeed, CNN, El País, Fox News, NPR, Reuters, Russia Today, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Guardian, Times of India, Vox News, Maclean’s Magazine
Dias: Alejandra Díaz-Pizarro, Didier Serrano.
If you are the kind of person that always seems to end up in a “communism vs. capitalism” debate, or either condoning or contesting the achievements of neoliberalism, this committee is for you. Explore widespread economic & political theories and their applications in modern systems of power, both at a national and global level. Delegates of this committee will be expected to have a solid grasp of the main economic theories being discussed and their influences in their respective countries, in order to discuss the merits and shortcomings of the ideological currents that dominate our modern world.(Recommended for delegates with a strong interest in IR/economic theory or Political Science).
- Constructivism in domestic policies.
- International structures of neoliberalism.
Countries available: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Dias: Nanami Haruyama, Alejandra H. Moyers, Dora Wang.
We live in a convoluted world: the globe over, people are rising up against their governments in perhaps the most practical expression of democracy and public voice that we have seen. It is undeniable that we are living through a modern wave of worldwide protests; delegates in this committee will be tasked with addressing the role of protests in the international state of affairs and examining the currents that propel these manifestations to the forefront of popular expression. (Recommended for delegates with a strong interest in activism and/or social justice).
- Addressing the role of protests in the international state of affairs
- Examining underlying causes of protests, both in common globally and pertaining to specific national/regional contexts.
Countries available: Algeria, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Syria, Thailand, United States, Venezuela.
Dias: Adelaida Domínguez, Mateo Felix, Jero Gutiérrez.
Though the pandemic seems to have brought the world to a standstill, there is still much to think about in terms of what tourism will look like through this event and once it tides over. Delegates will be charged with proposing solutions for tourism in a post-Covid-19 world that move toward a more sustainable, less damaging idea of travel.
(Recommended for delegates who enjoy proposing
futuristic solutions/approaching sustainability).
- Revitalizing worldwide tourism after the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The impacts of over-tourism on historical and ecological sustainability.
Countries available: Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Spain, Thailand, United States.
Dias: Miriam Specka, Lucas De Gamboa, Alexandra Saavedra.
Get ready to discuss —and solve— the world’s most pressing situations. A tough committee by excellence, Security Council delegates are tasked with sorting out questions of international security, the most direct purpose of the UN by origin. Enjoy the most administrative power in the UN— and learn to exercise a veto responsibly. The pressure is on you; will you measure up to it? (Recommended for delegates looking for a
classic, yet challenging, MUN experience).
- Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict.
- Wartime sexual violence as a psychological weapon.
Countries available: Belgium, China, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Niger, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam
Dias: Alonso Muñoz, Naho Abe, Ricardo Bracho.
1968 was a turning point in global history: the peak of the Vietnam War, the Prague Spring, the first launch of a manned space mission, and even the Olympics! But 1968 was also notable because it saw a particular group coming into civil action: students. In this unique historical crisis committee, delegates will examine the role of students in global democracy circa 1968 and understand the role of one of the most influential groups in one of the most influential years in human history.(Recommended for delegates who enjoy
Topic: the role of student movements/protests in global democracy circa 1968.
Countries available: Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, France, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, United States, USSR, United Kingdom, West Germany
Dias: Alejandro Carregha & Mariana Icaza
Step outside the conventional Western focus of the United Nations and into the geopolitics of Africa. Delegates in this committee will address specific problems to the African Union while developing a point of view that steps outside the eurocentric box MUN commonly teaches us to think in. The challenge is to solve problems and develop solutions in an African context, and to rise to the unique situations of the continent.(Recommended for delegates who enjoy traditional committee structures, but seek newer topics).
- Addressing domestic Shia-Sunni violence.
- The development of a Pan-African currency.
Countries available: Algeria, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia
Our conscience programme makes ASFMUN unique. The conference goes beyond committee doors, integrating service learning opportunities so students get to engage firsthand with the issues they're debating.
The document below includes more complete information about our conscience programme and its educational purpose.