Letter from the Secretary-General
Distinguished Advisors, Honorable Guests, and Esteemed Participants,
It is my honor to welcome you to the 27th annual session of Turkish International Model United Nations, hosted by Üsküdar American Academy between 26-28 February, with the theme of “Crisis and Global Governance”.
TIMUN, in its 27-year long history, has established a reputation as one of the leading youth-led platforms of engagement and discussion in its field. Standing as the oldest and most prestigious THIMUN-affiliated conference in Turkey, TIMUN continues to promote open discussion on global issues affecting the lives of millions. Never before, however, has TIMUN witnessed a crisis of this scale, not only touching the lives of millions, but billions.
The scale of the COVID-19 crisis has crippled fundamental international institutions. It has revealed the failings of globalisation, and the international governance system closely associated with it. Member States who have relied on international cooperation for decades, have been isolated whilst trying to stabilize the unraveling situation with the pandemic. Governments were unprepared for the absence of the globalized governance system, which exposed globalization’s failings all at once.
This crisis fueled a discussion about whether the current global governance system meets the changing needs of humanity. Acknowledging the need for fundamental structural change, TIMUN will focus on causation identification rather than societal rebuilding. That is because rebuilding what has failed isn’t improvement, but is turning a blind eye to the possibility of similar crises emerging in the near future.
It is for this reason that the debate at TIMUN ‘20 will be centered around the theme “Crisis and Global Governance”.
At TIMUN ‘20, participants will not only have the opportunity to discuss the crisis and its diverse management from different Member States’ viewpoints, but will evaluate how the international governance system has contributed to it. This year, following the significant ramifications of this crisis, we will discuss the changing needs of our future more focused than ever, with our participants who represent the future that has never been so uncertain before.
In order to address two of the most significant crises the world is facing, TIMUN ‘20 will have two Special Conference committees; the Special Conference on Global Health Threats (SPC1), and the Special Conference on Climate Crises (SPC2). We hope to expand the discussion of our theme in all of our committees with issues relevant to the global challenges which have intensified this year.
As the first MUN conference to be established in Turkey, TIMUN will continue to emphasize global challenges, and be a platform for quality debate. On behalf of the Executive Team of TIMUN ‘20, I can wholeheartedly say that TIMUN will once again display its established excellence.
Secretary-General of TIMUN ‘20
Letter from the President of the General Assembly
Esteemed Directors, Distinguished Guests, and Honorable Participants,
It is my utmost honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 27th session of Turkish International Model United Nations. As the oldest and one of the most established THIMUN-affiliated conferences in Turkey, TIMUN continues to be a platform of youth involvement in international matters with the participation of people from all around the world.
2020 has brought global challenges and revealed the importance of effective collective action once again. This year, not being able to prevent or manage disasters in a variety of areas from environmental risks to health threats that affect the lives of all individuals, the world community has realized the urgent need to address the question of the role of global governance in crises which has lead to the theme of TIMUN ‘20: “Crisis and Global Governance”.
While globalization in the 21st century brought many governments and intergovernmental organizations together to coordinate and cooperate for the public good, international catastrophic risk management was not as strong as we had believed, leaving our world with an increasing number of crises all difficult to stabilize on an international level.
For instance, with the increased dependence of some nations on global support in health care and the failure of international cooperation in providing for the COVID-19 pandemic, many nations have blamed certain states and organizations for the rapid escalation of the outbreak, questioned their trust in globalization, and demonstrated an increased unwillingness to cooperate on an international scale whilst trying to stabilize the situation on a national level.
Although the crises were very different in nature, the displayed failings of global governance in the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change were parallel in terms of unpreparedness, and reluctance to consider economic and political compromises. There was also a disproportion between being accountable for and being affected by the escalation. This realization has sparked debate over the connection between globalization and crises to help manage current and prevent future challenges.
Bearing these in mind, debate in TIMUN ‘20 during such a climacteric era will not only focus on the function of global governance in crisis management, but also evaluate possible consequences of globalization itself in terms of contributing to the escalation of these challenges.
As the President of the General Assembly, I can assure you that TIMUN not only will uphold the excellence and quality it has continued to demonstrate since 1993, but will also provide its participants with the opportunity to discuss critical matters from many different viewpoints.
Fatma Ceren Dolay
President of the General Assembly of TIMUN ‘20