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Letters

Letter from the Secretaries-General

 

Distinguished Advisors, Honorable Guests, and Esteemed Participants,

It is our utmost pleasure to welcome you all to the 29th Annual Session of Turkish International Model United Nations, hosted by Uskudar American Academy, Istanbul, between November  24-27, 2022, with the theme of “Securing Post-Conflict Peace”. 

Due to the global pandemic, the previous two TIMUNs were held online. This year, we are pleased and honored to, hopefully, welcome all our participants back to our campus. The Executive Team of TIMUN ‘22 will be trying their best to maintain the traditionally high standards of TIMUN. The unprecedented occurrence of a global pandemic augmented the necessity for global cooperation in overcoming obstacles. The role of the United Nations (UN), where bilateral dialogues and negotiations are encouraged, has therefore become more essential.

 Despite the initial speculation that “utilitarianism” and “extreme nationalism” may become more pronounced in global politics, these past two years have proven the necessity for an active international organization which, now, entails focus on the selected region of this year’s conference, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

MENA is a region of countries that gained their independence in the 20th century. Despite these countries finding success in their respective wars of independence against imperialism, they have failed to secure stability. Witnessing various global issues from corruption and poverty to acts of terror, the region is in need of comprehensive responses to urgent crises. The reason behind the years of instability in the region originates from the large number of parties that have been involved in the issues and their distinctly controversial perspectives. Foreign intervention has aggravated unstable conditions and provoked the already-existing problems. 

As the first MUN conference to be established in Turkey, TIMUN will continue its legacy of offering quality debate since 1993 with the purpose of taking action for a brighter future. Thereby, on behalf of the Executive Team of TIMUN ‘22, we can wholeheartedly say that TIMUN will uphold the high standards it has consistently demonstrated for 29 years while paving the way for new ideas so as to overcome adversities and take a step forward.

Most sincerely,

Olgar Bilallar & Ada Nur Başar
Secretaries General of TIMUN ‘22

Letter from the President of the General Assembly

Dear Directors, Distinguished Guests, and Honourable Delegates,

It is my honor to welcome all of you to the 29th annual session of Turkish International Model United Nations. Parallel to previous years, TIMUN ‘22 once again promises a commitment to all expectations, aiming to empower distinctive opinions and voices. 

One of the main objectives of the United Nations is to maintain international peace and security through international cooperation. It is the lack of this objective that is behind recurring conflict patterns. In today’s world, it is possible to say that most of the nationwide problems have been present since the Cold War, in 1947. The tendency of countries to ignore and underestimate their large-scale inadequacies rather than coming up with feasible and long-term solutions has been severely damaging for the international community ever since. 

The Spanish flu and the influenza virus are disasters that have progressed, only to arise as COVID-19 in the following century. This is only one of the global conflicts that display unlearned lessons and overlooked causes such as food insecurity and health systems. If the reasons behind such problems aren’t uncovered, we will continue to face similar matters in the aftermath. 

The purpose of this year’s theme, “Securing Post Conflict Peace” is to unveil and resolve factors that perpetuate the same catalysts we have been trying to fix for hundreds of years. This is necessary to stop tackling the same agendas repeatedly and start seeing their roots instead. 

We encourage delegates to centralize their ideas after questioning the underlying motives behind every inquiry and every repercussion. The region that has suffered the most from such spirals is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), so it is the focus of TIMUN ’22. Through our issues, we aim to discover the core matters of question that produce further symptoms such as poverty, lack of education, and poor health. Finding a solution to such core matters will also resolve these symptoms, thus will prevent disruption of security once it is sought. 

As the President of the General Assembly, I can proudly say that this year's TIMUN will challenge our participants to their best, encouraging productivity and critical thinking. We promise to convey the legacy our conference has carried out since 1993, and reach settlements to disputes that have burdened generations for even longer.

Kindest regards,
Nehir Ersöz
President of the General Assembly of TIMUN ‘22