A Letter from the Secretaries-General
As the Secretaries-General, it is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our conference. This year, we will be hosting the 22nd annual session of the Model United Nations Development Programme (MUNDP), an affiliate of The Hague International Model United Nations.
Since its establishment, MUNDP has excelled as one of the top Model United Nations conferences around the globe. Last session, MUNDP hosted over 800 participants, from 69 schools and 25 countries. With 22 years of experience, we strive to improve and expand every year.
MUNDP is exclusively the only MUN platform worldwide that simulates the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Annually, the theme of our conference is set as one of the five development regions of the UNDP, each with its own Regional Bureau. The designated theme for this year is Latin America and the Caribbean. Consisting of 33 countries and an estimated population of 44 million, this region encompasses many humanitarian, political and ecological issues, most of which are included in the agenda items of MUNDP ’22.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were selected by the General Assembly as part of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main purpose of the SDGs is to promote sustainable development and build a better future. Nations must cooperate towards the implementation of SDGs with the purpose of preventing further political, economical, and humanitarian conflicts while achieving development and growth. Issues preventing the successful implementation of SDGs must be resolved in order to further sustainable development.
Many of the issues within this year’s region stem from political instability. The lack of political stability has had a notable impact on governmental institutions, consequently leaving the region vulnerable to all forms of social, economic, and humanitarian issues. Moreover, the region suffers from increasing rates of gang violence, human rights violations, and economic failure. Despite these issues, the region is of vital importance to global networks, possesses some of the oldest cultural heritage sites and is rich in terms of natural resources.
The upcoming MUNDP consists of 7 exclusive Development Committees that correspond to the subunits of UNDP. Each committee aims to address and resolve 3 agenda items encompassing specific issues preventing sustainable development within Latin America and the Caribbean.
On the other hand, MUNDP entertains a total of 8 Special Committees which possess unique rules of procedure for unique purposes. All special committees have been selected with great care considering the needs of the region.
The regional committee of the upcoming MUNDP, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Seas (CELAC), is a regional bloc of the Latin American and Caribbean states that has been established with the purpose of enhancing cooperation to improve the wellbeing of its members. CELAC aims to resolve the most prominent issues in the region, including lack of political instability, gang violence, and transnational crime.
A further unique component of MUNDP is “l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie” (OIF). With this French committee, it is with utmost honor that we continue to host the first bilingual MUN conference in Turkey and amongst the few around the globe.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, we are delighted to invite you to MUNDP ’22, which will be the most memorable MUNDP yet. With 22 years of experience, MUNDP is amongst the most prestigious conferences available to the global MUN community. The tireless efforts of our Executive Committee guarantee that this year’s MUNDP is bound to be an unforgettable experience, so prepare for profound cooperation, fruitful debates, and commitment to development, all while having plenty of fun. We look forward to seeing you in this year’s session.
Doğu Cahit Alemdar
Ahmet Emre Güçer