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