Letter from the Secretaries-General
Distinguished advisors, honorable guests, and esteemed participants,
It is our utmost pleasure to welcome you to the 26th Annual Session of Turkish International Model United Nations, hosted by Uskudar American Academy from November 28th to December 1st, with the theme of “Civil Society, Trust and Democracy”.
As one of the oldest and most established THIMUN-affiliated conferences in the world, TIMUN has been at the forefront of youth exchange since it started its journey in 1993. Our first theme was “New Beginnings”. It was a reference to political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s bold declaration that “with the fall of the Soviet Union, western liberal democracy had triumphed and humanity had met the end of its political history”. The world has changed a lot since then. TIMUN witnessed the escalation of turmoils in the Balkans, the Middle East, the 9/11 attacks, the rise of globalism and global inequality, the Arab Spring, and most recently, the rise of populist nationalism.
The times brought with it monumental change. Speculation mounted on the political and philosophical tenets of the international order, and questions about the very nature of democracy were raised. Trust struggled to survive in a chaotic environment, and the institutions that we once we thought were impenetrable were overturned overnight.
We need to consider how we are to reshape democracy and civil participation in politics if we consider what decentralized innovation could steer us towards as we acknowledge both rising inequality and the need for ‘predictability’. We need to talk about how we established just, democratic systems and what kept them alive. We need to talk about justification, about representation, and about conviction.
Our discussions in TIMUN need to focus on the theme of “Civil Society, Trust and Democracy”.
As the first MUN conference established in Turkey, TIMUN has long provided a forum of international discourse where diligence, experience and enthusiasm have flourished. Just as it has since 1993, TIMUN ‘19 will be offering the highest quality of challenging and fruitful debate. On behalf of the Executive Team of TIMUN ‘19, we can assure you that this year’s TIMUN will be one that upholds the established TIMUN excellence while offering new and challenging ideas to consider and deliberate on.
Hazal Bulut & Kaya Çolakoglu
Secretaries General of TIMUN ‘19
Letter from the President of the General Assembly
Esteemed Directors, Dear Participants, and Honorable Guests,
It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to the 26th session of Turkish International Model United Nations. Being the oldest and one of the most prestigious conferences in Turkey, TIMUN continues to uphold to this day the standards it was established upon in 1993. The 26th anniversary of TIMUN marks the beginning of a new era, one of prestige for this year’s Executive Board and all TIMUN participants.
In the last 5 years, the world as we know it has been turned upside down by unexpected and rapid shifts to regular political dynamics. With the backlash of nationalism all across the globe, it is harder than ever to create consensus among member states. The diplomatic bonds of trust between countries have been weakened by various conflicts ranging from territorial disputes to terrorist attacks, causing all kinds of social and international conflict. For this reason, we have set the theme of TIMUN 2019 as “Civil Society, Trust, and Democracy”.
While the 21st century has brought astonishing progress to multiple facets of the globalized community we live in, the problems time and development bring are ever-changing. While democracy has served as the pillar of governance and diplomacy for decades, it has failed to completely adapt to the evolving challenges that this new era has presented us with. This is the root cause of most of the conflicts the global community faces today: the failure of mainstream structures and the lack of trust between member states who once united to strive to make the world a better place.
This year, TIMUN will continue to provide its participants with a culturally diverse and enriching platform of open discussion on these matters, and probably clearer communication is what the world needs in its attempt to resolve this problem today. As the President of the General Assembly, I can assure you that, as always, TIMUN promises quality and excellence throughout the conference, while upholding the principles of diplomacy and democracy.
President of the General Assembly of TIMUN ’19