On February 1st 2019, President Hasan Ruhani declares Iran’s intention to officially withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This decision comes following months of increasing tensions since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement. The declaration by Iran to withdraw from its side of the agreement inevitably renders the JCPOA inoperable, as the deal was struck between the states with the fundamental goal being to monitor and restrict Iran’s nuclear program.
On the contrary, Iran has now declared its intention to reinstate its ‘peaceful nuclear program’, without interference from the international community or supervision from the International Atomic Energy Agency. This decision causes tension and concern globally, with the direct stakeholders now under pressure to respond accordingly. The direct stakeholders, of course, include those remaining parties to the JCPOA, including the European Union, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the People’s Republic of China, France and Germany. However the scenario also involves the international community as a whole, in terms of the potential threat to peace and security.
It is therefore now the current responsibility of the Security Council to meet and determine the appropriate course of action, resulting in a binding resolution. The Security Council will have many factors to consider, giving regard to diplomatic relations, the potential for re-negotiation/new deal, the prospect of economic sanctions against Iran and the consequences for international trade, the likelihood of sophisticated nuclear development, and the possibility of Iran’s non-compliance.
The ultimate goal of the Security Council session will be for delegates to collaborate and reach a final Resolution which contributes to the effective safeguarding of the international community, and promotes sustainable peace.
Prior to attending the conference, all accepted delegates receive the DanMUN Scenario based on whatever topic being discussed that year. Delegates are expected to read the scenario and to do further research on the subject and their own position, in accordance to the Member State they have been assigned.
During the first three days of the conference, there is an intensely packed program with lectures and panel debates from experts from different fields of the given topic. Furthermore, there are workshops organized in order to learn how to write resolutions, write and give speeches, among others.
During the first three days, mock simulations will take place in order for delegates to get use to the DanMUN Rules and Procedures.
The last three days of the conference are dedicated to the UN Security Council simulation. Unlike other MUNs, in DanMUN each delegation consists of 3 delegates giving space for backdoor negotiations and resolution/amendment writing without interrupting the UN Security Council session.
Last but not least, the Press will be present to conduct formal interviews and report with news of the day.
DanMUN prides itself on it’s social aspect or better known as “DanMUN Spirit”. It is very important for us that the participants leave with more friends and connections they came with. Apart from having lunches and dinner together, there are also social activities are planned almost every evening.
Another aspect of the DanMUN Spirit are the traditions; the tour around the canals of Copenhagen which gives participants the opportunity to talk in an informal manner and see our beautiful capital.
However the biggest night during DanMUN is the DanMUN Gala, where dinner is served, drinks are handed out, speeches are given and music is playing. Also it is here the DanMUN Awards take place!