Model United Nations (MUN) ...is a simulation of United Nations General Assembly committees and other bodies that constitute the UN system. MUN affords students the opportunity to step into the shoes of ambassadors to the UN and debate issues currently on the agenda of the organisation. While role-playing, student delegates negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, prepare draft resolutions, make speeches, and navigate the MUN Conference Rules of Procedure – all in the interest of mobilising 'international cooperation', with the goal of resolving problems affecting countries around the world.
Model UN Debating began as the Model League of Nations Assembly. In 1947, the Model League made the transition the League of Nations had made in 1945, and became the Model UN Assembly. MUN aims to educate participants about world issues and promote peace and greater understanding of the work of the UN through cooperation and diplomacy. The popularity of Model UN continues to grow. It is estimated that more than 400,000 students around the world at all educational levels from primary school to university, participate each year in Model UN. A number of today's leaders in business, the arts, government and law participated in Model UN as students – including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
In order to respond to national and international calls on youth empowerment, on March 12, 2012, UNDP and the Ministry of Youth and Sports signed a Memorandum of Understanding launching a first ever partnership between these two organizations aimed at youth empowerment in the country. One of the areas of cooperation under this MOU calls for giving youth “ample opportunity to prepare for international events through critical/analytical research, assessment and formulation of national position in relation to global policy issues” through the set of different activities and simulation exercises.
UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports supported a youth camp titled “Azerbaijan 2020”, where selected young people were given an opportunity and platform to discuss the country’s long-term development vision through 2020. Youth shared their points of views through on country’s draft Vision 2020 through a simulation exercise where they were given the role of different national agencies that will shape the country’s future development agenda.
In order to keep this momentum and continue supporting youth in discussing national and international development/political agenda, Model United Nations can be used as an instrument to broaden the scope and geography of youth dialogues.
To this end, one of the project components is to nurture young leaders who are suited to represent Azerbaijan at the international fora through Model UN Security Council.
Project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Republic, to achieve below component:
a) International Model UN Security Council with the participation of youth delegates from the actual 15 current member states, exposing the Azerbaijani youth to the exchange of information with their international counterparts and showcasing the country’s performance as a non-permanent member of the UN SC for years 2012-2013
The objective of this component is to organize International Model UN Security Council with the participation of youth delegates from the actual 15 current member states (3 delegates per country), exposing the Azerbaijani youth to the exchange of information with their international counterparts and showcasing the country’s performance as a non-permanent member of the UN SC for years 2012-2013.
Currently the Council is composed of 15 Members:
five permanent members: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States,
and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly (with end of term date):
Republic of Korea (2014)
Welcome to Azerbaijan!
The National Flag - consists of three equal size horizontal stripes. The upper stripe is of blue color, the middle one is red and the lower is green. The blue color is the color of Turkic (Azerbaijani) ethnos, red color symbolizes the adherence to freedom, democracy and human rights, and the green is the color of Islam. There is a white crescent and eight-pointed star in the middle of the red stripe. The star is the reflection of the eight different branches of the Turkic people. The ratio of the height of the flag to its length is 1 to 2.
The National Emblem - of the Azerbaijan Republic symbolizes the independence of Azerbaijan. The national emblem is the image of an oriental shield and a semicircle formed by the branches of an oak-tree and ears resting on it. The shield contains the image of a fire in the center of an eight-point star against a background of the colors of the National flag of Azerbaijan. The star, also seen in the flag, depicts the same meaning - namely, the eight different branches of the Turkic people. The fire recalls the country’s other name – The Land of Fire.
The National Anthem is the "Azerbaijani march" song of the great composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov and the poet Ahmed Javad, which was created in 1919.
The power in Azerbaijan is divided into the legislative (Milli Majlis), executive (President) and judicial powers (courts of the Republic of Azerbaijan). Each of them acts in accordance with the constitution and legislative acts.
The area of Azerbaijan is 86.600 sq km. The length of land boundaries is 2.646 km. Azerbaijan consists of 65 regions, 69 cities, 13 urban regions, 130 settlements of urban type and 4354 rural settlements.
Azerbaijan is the largest of the three South Caucasus states and is bordered by Russia to the north, Georgia to the north-west, Turkey to the south-west, Iran to the south, Armenia to the west, and the Caspian Sea to the east. The country is the gateway between East and West, sitting on the edge of Europe and Western Asia. Azerbaijan played an important role as part of the Silk Road (the great 4,000 mile trade route that linked the East and the West, taking its name from the Chinese silk that was exchanged between merchants along the route).
Baku is the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is a large scientific, cultural and industrial center. It covers an area of 2,200 square km and has a population of more than 2 million people. The approximate age of Baku is 5,500 years old.
Palace of Shirvanshahs
Museum of miniatures
Gobustan and mud volcanoes
Ateshgah (Fire Temple)
Yanardagh (Fire Mountain)
Azerbaijani (belongs to the Turkic group of languages).
Azerbaijan is a secular country where the religion is separated from the state. Azerbaijan has predominantly Muslim population. At the same time, it comprises different religious trends spread among the people and ethnic groups residing in the country.
The Azerbaijani Manat is the official currency of Azerbaijan. There are 100 Qepik in one Manat.
Coins: 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 (Qepik) Banknotes: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 (Manat)
1 USD = 0.78 manat
1euro = 1.03 manat
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January 1 – The New Year’s Day
March 8 – The International Women’s Day
March 20-21 – Novruz (National New Year)
May 9 – The Victory Day over fascism
May 28 – The Republic Day
June 15 – The Day of National Salvation
June 26 – The Armed Forces Day
October 18 – The National Independence Day
November 9 – The National Flag Day
November 12 – The Constitution Day
November 17 – The National Revival Day
December 31 – The World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day
Gurban and Ramadan – religious holidays, the dates of their celebration change every year in accordance with the lunar calendar.
January 20 – Black January (The Day of Martyrs Commemoration)
February 26 – Khojaly Genocide
March 31 – The Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis
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Hannah Moosa, President
Hannah Moosa is a PhD student of Comparative Politics and International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her thesis research focuses on water, conflict and cooperation in Southern and East Africa. Specifically, Hannah is looking at the extent to which shared water resources can be used as a tool for conflict prevention, and the promotion of regional integration and cooperation.
For the past eight years, Hannah has served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Toronto, for a range of economics, environment and political science courses. From June 2009 – June 2011, she worked as a Research Assistant for the UN Environment Programme’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, assisting on a collaborative project on strengthening post-conflict peacebuilding through natural resource management. Hannah was selected as one of nine young water professionals from around the world, to serve as a member of the Stockholm International Water Institute’s (SIWI) Young Scientific Programme Committee for the 2013 World Water Week.
Born and raised in South Africa, Hannah’s first experience with Model UN debating was as a Grade 11 student, where she was placed in a team comprising youth from both resourced and under-resourced schools in South Africa. Since her first Model UN Conference over twelve years ago, Hannah has served as a delegate, chair, assistant director, director, adjudicator, organiser, secretariat member and faculty advisory at over twenty-five Model UN Conferences and Competitions at a high school and university level in South Africa, Canada, Switzerland and the US. She wrote, designed and led the Model UN Programme for the Summer 2007-2008 People to People International Diplomacy Future Leaders Summits, held in Washington DC and New York. Most notably, Hannah served as Secretary General of the First Global Model United Nations Conference organised by the UN’s Department of Public Information in 2009.
Hannah received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree, specialising in International Affairs, with a major in Economics and minor in French Studies, from the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She also holds a Collaborative Masters in International Relations, from the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto
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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP has been working in Azerbaijan for 20 years. It opened its office in the country in the fall of 1992 soon after Azerbaijan gained independence and joined the United Nations.
The UNDP activities in Azerbaijan initially focused on the provision of early recovery programme, especially to those affected by the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Over time, UNDP’s role in Azerbaijan has shifted toward longer-term socio-economic development in line with the country’s evolving needs.
In Azerbaijan, UNDP brings the best development models of the world in order to maximize the use of “black gold” derived from the oil wealth, to strengthen its “human gold”, to enlarge people’s choices and reduce inequalities.
UNDP supports the Government of Azerbaijan in the areas of governance and sustainable development and is active in the issues of youth engagement and women rights.
UNDP’s e-governance programme in Azerbaijan is an excellent proof of leveraging ICT in the public sector reform. E-government programme covers such areas as civil service reform, customs modernization, pension reform, and improvement of civil registry. It seeks to contribute to greater efficiency and transparency of public institutions by automating business processes, eliminating human interference, reducing waiting time and costs and giving online access to information.
In recent years, UNDP is actively engaged in the field of sustainable energy and environment. UNDP implements projects in the areas of solid waste management, sustainable energy, environmental assessment and climate change.
In the area of crisis prevention and recovery, UNDP has a long presence in demining activities, helping to clear lands from mines and make it safe for human life and activity. Recently, UNDP has engaged in partnership with the Government to reduce climate change risks in the flood-prone areas of Azerbaijan.
Improving the economic governance is another feature of UNDP’s assistance to Azerbaijan. UNDP helps job-seekers to improve their skills and employability, advocates for engagement of private sector in sustainable development and supports integrated border management to facilitate trade.
UNDP strives to promote gender equality and youth empowerment as a cross-cutting issue in its programme. UNDP supports rural women’s participation in the economic and social life, and build capacity of national actors to mainstream women concerns into public policies. UNDP teaches Human Development Course in the universities of Azerbaijan, helping young people to broaden their perspective on development issues. It also mobilizes youth to participate in decision-making and contribute to the achievement of the environmental sustainability goals.
Last but not least, UNDP facilitatesSouth-South cooperationthrough knowledge sharing in the areas where Azerbaijan has accumulated expertise such as mine action, pension reform and civil service.
UNDP in Azerbaijan works in close partnership with the Government of Azerbaijan based on the Country Programme covering the period from 2011 to 2015. The Cabinet of Ministers plays the role of the Government’s Coordinating Authority, and line ministries, state committees, academic institutions and NGOs act as Implementation Partners for programme activities.
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The Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan Republic
The main state body dealing with youth issues is the Ministry of Youth and Sport. The Ministry was established in 1994 by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Statute of the Ministry states that it is the body of the central executive power that implements the state policy and regulations related to the youth issues.
According to the Law “On youth policy”, the main objective of youth policy is to create conditions for physical, mental and moral development of youth and help in realizing their abilities and skills.
The organizational structure of the Ministry consists of several departments:
- Department on Youth Affairs;
- International Relations Department;
- Science and Education Department;
Department on Youth Affairs is responsible for implementation of the youth policy over all the country. The Department consists of 5 divisions with general staff of 25 people. The divisions are as follows:
- Division on the work with youth NGOs;
- Division on the promotion of healthy lifestyle and social programs;
- Division on the work with talented youth and organization of leisure time;
- Division on patriotic education and citizenship;
- Division on the work with students and students’ organizations.
There are four organizations under the supervision of the Ministry:
- State Academy of Physical Culture and Sport;
- Azerbaijan Youth Foundation;
- Public Council on Youth Affairs;
- Centre for scientific researches on youth issues.
The territory of Azerbaijan consists of 83 administrative units (cities and districts). Each of the unit has Youth and Sport Department with the staff from 5 to 8 people. These departments are under the supervision of the local authorities and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Ministry of Youth and Sport realizes the state youth policy using different legislative acts and state programmes. Five-year-long “Azerbaijani Youth”State Program (2005-2009) and “Azerbaijani Youth in 2011-2015” State Program were developed by the government of Azerbaijan to emphasizethe significance of young people who play a decisive role in the development of statehood and shaping the future of their societies. The state programs cover young people between the ages of 14 and 29, who represent the large and highly significant stratum of the population in Azerbaijan.
The “Azerbaijani Youth in 2011-2015” State Program has the following objectives:
- providing conditions for the comprehensive development of youth;
- providing equal opportunities to youth to get education meeting the future demands;
- increasing employment of youth and creating proper conditions for their employment at various types of institutions and organisations;
- bringing up young competitive specialists meeting the demands of the labour market;
- increasing the number of young professionals and peoplewith vast knowledge in the civil service and administration;
- strengthening social protection and solving welfare problems of the young scientists and researchers;
- developing entrepreneurship among the young people;
- supporting young families;
- increasing awareness of young people;
- developing organisational, financial and informational mechanisms to
support important public youth initiatives;
- shaping the modern way of thinking of young people and involving them into management and research activities;
- implementation of the activities for young people to benefit from social-economic and cultural development of the regions;
- improving skills on self-management and material security of young people;
- strengthening social protection of young people, including young people with disabilities;
- supporting and developing activities directed to the prevention of harmful habits;
- increasing the role of local executive authorities and municipalities in the development of young people and increaseof their awareness on youth issues;
- ensuring additional training of the youth workers;
- stimulating initiatives and participation of young people and youth organizations in public life;
- supporting participation of young people in the international exchanges and inter-cultural dialogue;
- establishing infrastructure directed to the youth development.
The Ministry of Youth and Sport cooperates with analogous bodies in different countries. Thus, the Ministry has bilateral agreements in the field of youth policy with about 50 governmental institutions of other countries.
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The Department of Public Information
The Department of Public Information (DPI) was established in 1946, by General Assembly resolution 13 (I), to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations. DPI undertakes this goal through radio, television, print, the Internet, video-conferencing and other media tools.
The Department reports annually on its work to the UN General Assembly's Committee on Information. The Committee, which meets once a year, is responsible for overseeing the work of DPI and for providing it guidance on policies, programmes and activities of the Department.
DPI’s Mission: Inform. Engage. Act.
The Department of Public Information is dedicated to communicating the ideals and work of the United Nations to the world; to interacting and partnering with diverse audiences; and to building support for peace, development and human rights for all.
There are three main divisions of the Department: Strategic Communications Division, Outreach Division and News&Media Division.
Model UN activities are mostly promoted by the Outreach Division which fosters dialogue with global constituencies such as academia, civil society, the entertainment industry, educators and students to encourage support for the ideals and activities of the United Nations.
Efforts targeted at the public are carried out in alliance with key partners that include celebrity advocates; partner libraries; and the media. The Division also works to provide information products and services to facilitate the work of UN Member States, staff and researchers and to support internal communications at the United Nations. The Division further promotes increased participation and involvement in the work of the United Nations by means of conferences, briefings, exhibits, publications and teaching materials.
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