A Letter from the Secretaries-General
As the Secretaries-General of MUNDP 2023, it is with great pleasure that we welcome you to our conference. This year, we will be hosting the 23rd 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 850 participants, from 60 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 UNDP, each with its own Regional Bureau. The designated theme for this year is Europe and Central Asia. Consisting of 49 countries and an estimated 518 million population, the region encompasses many humanitarian, political and ecological issues yet to be solved, most of which are included in the agenda items of MUNDP’23.
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 economic and social instabilities. The lack of political stability has also had a notable impact on governmental institutions, consequently leaving the region vulnerable to all forms of social and humanitarian issues. Moreover, the region suffers from increasing military tension, human rights violations, and economic failure. Despite these issues, Europe and Central Asia is of vital importance to global networks, as it possesses some of the oldest cultural heritage sites, and is rich in terms of natural and economic 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 Europe and Central Asia.
On the other hand, MUNDP entertains a total of 8 Special Committees which all 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 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), is the world’s largest regional security organization and the regional bloc of Europe with a mission that spans the globe, encompassing three continents - North America, Europe and Asia - and more than a billion people. The OSCE works towards enhancing peace, stability, and equality by establishing political relationships between member states that are based on shared values.
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.
In order to achieve the sustainable development goals, UNDP gives a precedence to counter aforementioned problems in the European and Central Asian region. UNDP also collaborates with the governments, and Non-Governmental Organizations, which is a significant part to tackle the issues such as political instability, economical insufficiency, environmental problems and armamentary concerns in the region.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, we are delighted to invite you to MUNDP’23, which we believe 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 guarantees 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.
Secretaries General of MUNDP
Eren Ehli, İpek Ayhan