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Agenda: Women’s Empowerment and the Links to Sustainable Development

UN Body: Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) established in 1946 is the main global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It is. CSW and its secretariat UN-Women are the most significant international actors working  together with Member States and civil society to create a discrimination-free world where women and girls are able to fully participate in the economic, political, and social spheres of their societies.

Forty-five Member States of the United Nations serve as members of the Commission at any one time. The Commission consists of one representative from each of the 45 Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of equitable geographical distribution:

  • 13 members from Africa
  • 11 from Asia
  • nine from Latin America and Caribbean
  • eight from Western Europe and other States
  • four from Eastern Europe

Host Institution: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

For 70 years, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies has the aim of cultivating the “Global citizen” who can participate in various disciplines, including among others, business, diplomacy and education by utilizing the advanced foreign languages skills which are needed to effectively function in a modern, international society. Additionally, our students will be educated with the skills and knowledge to make capable, competent, and flexible decisions. Founded in 1946, KCUFS offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. There are 4 major language departments: English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish Studies as well as International Relations. The undergraduate programs offer a choice of the following courses: Linguistics, Literature, General Culture, Social Sciences, International Communication and Education. KCUFS, an A rank institution is one of only two public foreign studies universities in Japan and has a current enrollment of over 2,000. KCUFS is the only municipal level university in Japan to offer government endorsed Japanese as a Second Language Programs to foreign students. KCUFS has teacher and accredited student exchange programs. On average, 300 students study abroad every year, of which 120 are accepted in accredited programs at leading educational institutions and organizations worldwide.

JUEMUN 2017 Conference

Secretary General: Haruna Mori, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Spanish Department

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I am Haruna Mori, the Secretary General for JUEMUN 2017.
Model United Nations is a truly unique educational experience in which the lessons learned and challenges faced differ for each individual. It was my honor to be a delegate for NMUN Czech Republic (2015) and JUEMUN 2016, and then, serve as an organizer for NMUN Japan (2016). Therefore, I strongly wish to “give back” to the MUN community by offering an unforgettable experience to every delegate who attends JUEMUN 2017. Whether this will be your hundredth or your very first MUN conference, I hope that JUEMUN 2017 becomes another step in your lifelong journey to discover new facts and meet big challenges, not only in the world but also in your self.

Meeting 1: Ending Violence against Women and Girls

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Chair: Kathleen Parrinello, Mercy College, International Relations and Diplomacy Program, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Senior

I have participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conferences in New York City for 3 years. My first year in 2015, I represented Malawi at the UN Women Committee (Eliminating  Violence Against Women, Empowering Women and Promoting Gender Equality). In 2016, I was a delegate for Ethiopia at the United Nations Environmental Programme Committee; and had an opportunity to work Staff Assistant as Chair and Rapporteur to the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Committee. In 2017, I was the Head of Delegation of Mercy College Team in which we received the Outstanding Delegation Award. I also became Rapporteur and Chaired the High Line Political Forum (HLPF). Furthermore, my colleagues and I conducted a Model UN for High School students where I was the Deputy Secretary General. This will be my second visit to Asia, as I studied in South Korea, Yonsei University for four months in 2016.

Chair: Nina Nomura, English Department (Night), 3rd year / Junior

In addition to Japan Model United Nations (MUN in Japanese), I’ve experienced National Model United Nations (MUN in English) in NYC 2016 as a representative from Jamaica in GA2, and in Kobe 2016 as a representative from Somalia in UNHCR. With these MUN experiences, I’ve been chosen as a chairperson, a director / vice director, a press for English conferences in Japan MUN in 2017. To establish MUN committee in Africa, I visited Kenya and Rwanda in May, and giving lectures to high school / university students.

Committee Topics

  1. Expanding Access to Services

  2. Safety in Public Spaces

  3. Raising Awareness and Improving the Collection of Data

  4. Advocacy to End Violence Against Women and Girls

  5. Education for Prevention

Meeting 2: Economic Empowerment    

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Chair: Yuki Shigematsu, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Department of British and American Studies, Class of 2018

Yuki Shigematsu has participated in various international Model United Nations conferences: Rome International MUN(2014), JUEMUN(2015), Midwest MUN(2016), New York NMUN(2016, Head Delegate), JUEMUN(2016), and Washington, DC NMUN(2016, Head Delegate). She has also taken part in other international forums: The European Association for Japanese Studies Conference(2016, Economics, Business and Political Economy section), The World Forum on Sport and Culture(2016), The 32nd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International Dementia 2017 (as a Simultaneous Interpreter), Kyoto SANGA Football Club meetings (as a Translator, 2017 April~).

Message: At the Model Commission on the Status of Women at JUEMUN 2017, we are here to create a tranquil and truly peaceful society for everyone in the world – women and men, girls and boys. We can make our conference a real venue to tackle critical issues if we try to maintain good relations with one another as we think deeply about OUR future.

Chair: Anna Deekeling, University Duisburg-Essen, INEAST, Modern East Asia; Japanese – Sociology

My name is Anna Deekeling, I am going to be a Chair for the upcoming JUEMUN 2017. I had the opportunity to join NMUN 2016 in Japan as a delegate representing Japan at the Security Council. It was a great but challenging experience working together with students from all over the world. For all non-native speakers like me, it may even be double the challenge: To not only face international problems and every countries opinion but also the language barrier. I see the JUEMUN as a great chance to improve both: understanding of a foreign language as well as gobal issues.

Committee Topics

  1. Economic Empowerment for Rural Women

  2. Economic Empowerment for Domestic Workers & Migrant Domestic Workers

  3. Economic Empowerment for Low-skilled Women

  4. Increasing Pay Equality

  5. Increasing Management Positions

Meeting 3: Peace and Security    

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Chair: Imogen White, The University of Queensland (Australia), BA Japanese, Economics; Diploma of Languages; Spanish, 3rd Year

My name is Imogen White and I am honoured to be a part of the chair for JUEMUN 2017.  My first MUN experience was participating in BRISMUN 2016 in Brisbane, Australia, representing Russia in the CSW. MUN conferences are all about working together to gain international perspectives on current issues, and I am greatly looking forward to working with delegates to explore solutions to make the world a fairer place for women and girls.

Chair: Nao Takato, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Department of English Studies, Senior

I am Nao Takato. It is my honor to be in charge as a chair for JUEMUN 2017. Model United Nations always gives us great chance and challenges. I really appreciate that I could engage in it as a delegate for JUEMUN 2016 and NMUN Japan 2016. It is true that experience for MUN might be sometimes bitter, but I hope every delegate will realize these bitter experiences are what provide you dramatical grows for the next step in your life.

Committee Topics

  1. Participation in Peace Negotiations & Peace Building

  2. Protection from Human Rights Violations

  3. Access to Justice

  4. Conflict Prevention & Resolution

  5. Female Peacekeepers