In its 17th session, Oxford International Model United Nations (OxIMUN) is known as Europe’s premier MUN conference. This year, OxIMUN will be held at the University of Oxford on the 25th-27th of October 2019.
Respected for its high-quality debates, OxIMUN weekend will, as always, be filled with lively socials, eminent guest speakers, and beautiful committee rooms spread across various colleges within the University.
With committee sizes ranging from 15-40 delegates and a variety of experience levels, OxIMUN ensures that every participant leaves with unforgettable memories of a weekend filled with stimulating discussions and exceptional social events. The conference is organised annually by a group of incredibly dedicated University of Oxford students and overseen by the Oxford University United Nations Association.
The OxIMUN 2019 secretariat looks forward to welcoming you all to this year’s conference themed ‘Challenging and Reforming the International Trade Order’.
The theme for this year’s OxIMUN conference is ‘Challenging and Reforming the International Trade Order.’ Following the 2008 Financial Crisis the globalized economic system has been repeatedly subject to the volatility of its financial realities. As the World Bank’s 2019 Development Report admits “today, we are riding a new wave of uncertainty.” In a context where instability is the new stability reform has been undoubtedly called for as tech financialization redefines our markets and interests are continuously unevenly accounted for.
OxIMUN 2019 will not strive to present a universal multilateral agreement in 3 days to resolve the intricacies of global commerce but rather will through its mechanisms reveal all the intersecting interests and stakeholders at play within the international trade order. Chairs and Directors will inevitably be expected to select topics which tie their committee to these themes, similarly resolutions made by delegates should reflect this. OxIMUN will seeks to promote greater inter-committee deliberation and co-ordination through the mechanism of interconnectivity.
What is interconnectivity?
No committee is an island. Just as delegates from the same country operate under a shared foreign policy in real life, delegates in the Intermediate and Advanced committees will be responsible not only for passing resolutions within committees, but for proposing policies, treaties and projects across them. Delegates will be working with the delegates represting the same country in other committees in order to advance their national, and global ambitions. Events, resolutions and decisions undertaken in one committee will impact others in real-time. However, the structures of interconnectivity in the Intermediate and Advanced committees are separate. The Intermediate committees will be using interconnectivity to discuss the sub-theme of ‘Challenging Global Financial Interests’, while the Advanced committees will discuss ‘The Future of International Petroleum Trading’. To preserve accessibility, the Beginner committees will not be featuring interconnectivity but will be united by the sub-theme of ‘Trade and Development’.
Interconnectivity is to be delegate-driven. Delegates from the same country will be put into contact with each other prior to the conference and will be expected to maintain constant communication once the conference begins, especially through delegation meetings. They must balance committee and national interests, while executing something like a cohesive foreign policy; this entails brokering treaties with other delegations, pursuing projects and managing the resources available to each country (see The Financial System). The G20 and UNCTAD assemblies will work towards grand resolutions that reflect not only the deliberations of their own respective committees, but of the discussions and achievements across all the Intermediate committees. The G20 will focus on building international financial stability within a forum for central bank governors and heads of state, while UNCTAD will seek to facilitate international development. Delegates from these assemblies will be kept up to date on discussions in other committees through the press and diplomatic corps.
The Financial System
At the U.N., the scope of actions and projects available to a delegation is a function of its government’s financial resources and standing, which is to be reflected at this conference. The World Bank and the IMF will act as the financial bodies of the intermediate and advanced committees, respectively, with their directors and chairs working together to prepare budgets, credit ratings and other details for each delegation beforehand. Representatives from each national delegation will have to share the same pool of financial resources, which will be directed towards projects and treaties across committees through agreements reached the delegation, with the approval of its World Bank or IMF representative. Delegations will be able to apply for loans through a Procurement Application Fiscal Form (PAFF) with the World Bank or IMF. They will be offered rates on the basis of their Standard and Poor rating, so that more creditworthy countries will be offered lower rates than less creditworthy ones.
Press Corps 1.0/2.0
The Press Corps operates as a very distinct style of committee. It synthesises the need for swift coverage of everything occurring throughout all intermediate committees. In OxiMUN however Press Corps 1.0 and 2.0 will not be tasked with following all OxiMUN committees but solely those within the intermediate and Advanced level respectively. Members of the Press Corps will bear a large responsibility assuring the interconnectivity framework between their assigned committees runs smoothly. They will do this by constantly reporting all relevant information and decisions made within and outside of committee walls. Each delegate will act as a journalist from a different media organization. Press Corps Staff will heavily coordinate with committee directors and chairs to also post updates.