MUNSC Salient 2023

SALIENT 2023 | June 29 - July 2, 2023 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

NEW
GENERATIONS
ASCENDING:

Between youth and politics

Salient 2023 | June 29 - July 2, 2023 | Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Salient 2023

This year Salient is focusing on new generations, their values, motivation, and principles.

Policy and law have usually been established in order to catch up to the facts rather than work preemptively. But the world has changed, and the events, crises and new ideologies today are breeding grounds for issues in the future that traditional diplomatic approaches might not be able to fix. MUN offers a unique opportunity to let young people propose new ideas, introduce their own perspectives and familiarize themselves with policy-making.

New generations are therefore not only responsible for tackling the issues of the past but are also the ones making decisions that will directly affect our future. It is of utmost importance to look at current issues and challenges that might lead to potential conflicts so we can prevent them and make sure that the new generations have the best starting point possible. For this reason, it is crucial to empower them, to give them a voice and a chance to improve our complicated world.

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Salient 2023 is bringing small changes to the concept of the conference.

Open themes and topics

Firstly, till now we always introduced topics before opening applications for chairs. This year we will introduce only open themes, inside which later on chairs will be able to decide upon the exact topic in consultation with the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General. This also means that chairs will be asked to write study guides on their own, with help of the organizing team.

The exact topics will be released before the first wave of delegate applications.

Panels and lectures

The conference is very well-known for the panels that take place on the first day of the conference. In Salient 2023 we will have one keynote speaker with a focused topic and one interactive panel discussion.

Additional positions

For Salient 2023, we will also open applications for Editor-in-Chief and Crisis Director.

All other information will be updated soon.

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Committees

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UNESCO

Role of national identity and belonging

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UNOCT

Masculinities and Terrorism

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UNSC

Peace and security facing limitations and dangers of new technology OR
Security of children in conflict situations

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UNESCO:

Role of national identity and belonging

UNESCO is a United Nations Organization that deals with matters of Education, Science, and Culture. Alongside other things, UNESCO also discusses and protects national identity and cultural heritage. In 2001 the organization adopted the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. Therefore, it is a proper committee that can address issues related to national identity and belonging. Among others, these themes have been raised in connection with rightful ownership, migration crises and general political tensions. At this point, many national and international conflicts inspired by these identity claims can be observed, for example in Albania, India, and Catalonia. Regardless of the geographical location, the problem is very complex and has lasted through many generations.

How are new generations influenced and shaped by the issue of national identity and belonging, and how does this problem affect them and future development? Can cooperation with new generations generate new solutions and new approaches for addressing the issue?

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UNESCO - Council photo for Salient 2023
UNOCT - Council photo for Salient 2023

UNOCT:

Masculinities and Terrorism

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism is a relatively new office that was established in 2017, as part of the United Nations Security Council. At Salient 2023, UNOCT will be simulated as an independent committee. One of the topics that UNOCT has already put on the agenda is Masculinities and Terrorism.

It is a relatively new point of awareness with occurrences in many countries all around the world. For many extremist groups, concepts of Masculinities are exploited and framed against a perceived feminization (weakening) of cultures and identities, for example through multiculturalism or changing gender perceptions. Extremist groups also use so-called 'traditional male values' that are supposedly an integral part of our society to legitimize violence and dominance. This is a complex phenomenon, drawing on themes such as cultural values, development, and social structures.

Therefore, we are asking how the youth understands this topic, and how the concept of masculinities affects the upbringing of new generations and their perception of threats, such as but not limited to terrorism. Moreover, can new generations provide new solutions that can stop the appearance from spreading?

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UNSC:

Peace and security facing limitations and dangers of new technology OR Security of children in conflict situations

For this year’s UNSC we propose two broad themes. Chairs will be able to choose one of them and position the topic appropriately to the chosen theme.

The first topic directly relates to the phenomenon that is characteristic of new generations. Technology started to rule not only the lives of individuals but also the way relationships form in society, as well as how policies are made. Technology and information systems have allowed new national and international experiments and operations that have also created new international conflicts. Artificial intelligence can therefore be understood as a viable strategy in conflict, but is also not problem free, raising new questions such as ones about accountability.
The Security Council has already discussed the pros and cons of new digital technologies. Our question is how new generations understand the whole phenomenon. If they have accepted technology as their way of life, will they understand its risks and challenges? How will they address it?

The second topic addresses the problematic of children in conflict situations. The problem is not new, as in 1996, the council created a mandate of Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. But even today conflicts remain and still leave many vulnerable children behind. It is estimated today that 1 in 6 children, 426 million, live in conflict zones around the world. Children are the new generation, the focal point of the SALIENT 2023 conference. Therefore, we ask how much diplomacy and politics (can) affect the position of children in conflict zones. How can their position be secured more?

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