The theme of The Japan University English Model United Nations Conference (JUEMUN) 2018 is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 –”End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg2).
The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations made a poignant request to all of us on January 1, 2018 “Make #Not wasting food your new year’s resolution. A third of all food produced is lost or wasted” (fao.org).
We are honoured to welcome Dr. Mbuli Charles Boliko, the Director of the FAO Laison Office in Japan to JUEMUN 2018.
Since the launch of the 17 Sustainable Development Goal Agenda in January 2016, JUEMUN has pledged that our global community-engagement platform will play an important part in raising awareness, among our university communities, of the UN’s ambitious initiative for every nation to join in creating a better quality of life by the year 2030 for all of our world’s people.
In 2016 JUEMUN discussed SDG 3, 4, 11 and 16. It was exciting but the diversity of thought on responses to very different problems in very different parts of our world made conference coherence a big challenge. At JUEMUN 2017 we chose one United Nations goal – SDG 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. To emphasize our focus on, and commitment to SDG 5, JUEMUN 17 was a model Commission on the Status of Women. We discovered the centrality of SDG 5 to whole agenda of 17 goals, and the relationships of SDG 5 to the other goal
To follow-up on this success, we will conduct a model UNESCO in 2018 to focus our discussion of SDG 2. Irinia Bolkova has declared, “UNESCO is bringing all its weight to supporting countries through new innovative and integrated approaches to reach the goals they set for themselves (The UNESCO Task Force on The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmenthttp://en.unesco.org/sdgs/2017). We hope the JUEMUN 2018 delegates, who will represent the 48 UNESCO members of the Asia-Pacific region, will keep this wise advice in mind as they do their research, hold their discussions, and write their resolutions.
It is our honour to welcome former UNESCO Director-General, Ambassador Koichiro Matsuura, as Conference Mentor. It is a credit to Dr. Matsuura that Japan has the strongest network of UNESCO schools and universities in the world.
We are excited about the opportunities to learn about SDG 2. Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary-General, described the SDGs: “This is the people’s agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no none behind.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his January 1, 2018 address warned that the perils the world faces require urgent solutions, “I truly believe we can make our world more safe and secure but we can only do that together. I urge leaders everywhere to make this New Year’s Resolution: Narrow the gaps. Bridge the divide. Rebuild trust by bringing people together around common goals. Unity is the path. Our future depends on it” (www.un.org).
JUEMUN 18 delegates, welcome to this challenge! Unity is the way forward.
Model UNESCO on World Malnutrition and Hunger
JUEMUN 2018 will have three Meetings with 48 delegates in each Meeting. Each Meeting will have 4 Committees of 12 members each.
UNESCO has 194 members in five regions – Africa, The Arab States, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific. To raise awareness of the region we live in and to add focus to our discussions, JUEMUN 2018 delegates will represent UNESCO members in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Asia and the Pacific Region of UNESCO has 48 Members and two Associate Members — Macao China and Tokelau, which are not independent countries. The Cook Islands and Niue are members of UNESCO but they are not United Nations Member States. The Russian Federation and Kazakhstan are also in the UNESCO region of Europe and North America.
JUEMUN 2018 Countries List
Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Darussalam, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Macao China, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
JUEMUN Regional Blocks List
ASEAN 11 plus Timor-Leste
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. plus Timor-Leste
Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, Nieue
South Asia 12
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, , Turkmenistan, New Zealand
North East Asia-Central Asia 13
Australia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
JUEMUN 2018 Keynote Plenary Speaker
The JUEMUN 2018 Keynote Plenary Speaker will be Dr. Irene Galtung, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Pax Mundi Professor of Peace Studies. Irene’s academic work supports the conviction that ‘hunger should be illegal’ and that it will only be made illegal if the people of the world in all walks of life in all places agree that a sufficient and nutritious diet is a human right. Indeed, all else in life and thus, the achievement of the other SDGs by 20130, depends on the world’s capacity, and the world’s will, to properly feed all human beings.
JUEMUN 2018 Oxfam Hunger Banquet
The opening events of JUEMUN 2018 will include our unique JUEMUN version of an
Oxfam Hunger Banquet. Delegates draw tickets at random which assigns them to a meal at 4 different levels of that match with the latest statistics on global income gaps. The smallest percentage of delegates will have the best of food, the largest proportion will have the simplest food, and the rest will be in between. This will be our way of raising awareness of the realities of World Hunger before we begin to talk about malnutrition and hunger.
JUEMUN 2018 has registered our event with Oxfam NGOs in the United Kingdom, Canada, the USA and other nations. We are linked with a global community of people in more than 90 countries of the world who are convinced that hunger can be eliminated. Oxfam Canada has a motto that captures the hope of JUEMUN delegates – hungry for change.
JUEMUN 2018 Models UNESCO
UNESCO’s motto is “Building Peace in the Minds of Men and Women” and its programmes of Education for All and Education for Sustainable Development inspired the UN’s 2000-2015 Millennium Development Goal programme and its successor, the 2016-20130 Sustainable Development Goal action plan.
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies is the only member in Kyoto of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project University Network. Kyoto Gaidai Nishiko High School is the leading member of the Kyoto Consortium of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project. Kyoto Gaidai Nishiko High School will host the All-Kansai Model United Nations Conference on Refugees for secondary school students from June 18-20, 2018