Welcome to RUMUN!
Dear Delegates, Faculty, and Guests, on behalf of the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs, it is my pleasure to welcome you to RUMUN 2017.
RUMUN will take place this year from November 30-December 3, 2017. RUMUN 2017 has a plethora of committees and topics that will challenge you to think critically on a wide variety of global issues and develop creative solutions to address these problems. Your directors are expecting you to develop concrete, well-thought out plans to tackle the core causes of your topics. You will be pushed to debate and work with a diverse group of peers to ultimately solve the unique issues each of your committees will be focusing on. There are 22 committees for students to participate in, discussing topics from “Piracy in International Waters” to “Reclaiming Philippine Nationalism”. Each of these committees will require that you create novel solutions and cooperate with your fellow delegates, while also keeping the theme of the conference in mind.
The theme of RUMUN 2017 is “Global Disparities”, which focuses on the various disparities observed around the world, as well as the issues that arise as a result of these inequities. There is a particular emphasis on relating these disparities to the Sustainable Development Goals, and how the targets of these goals are tied into the topics that delegates will be debating during the conference. The SDGs are broad in scope, aiming to address a myriad of inequities in our world today. If you look at any dilemma or disagreement pertinent to global affairs, there is almost always some sort of inequality that is associated with the matter. For example, CSW is discussing gender and regional disparities in the “Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas”, tied into SDG 5, “Gender Equality”. CSocD is debating the inequalities due to socioeconomic status, gender, race, and region in “Poverty Eradication”, tied into SDG 1, “No Poverty”. Every committee and topic at the conference deals with SDG 10, “Reduced Inequalities”.
The purpose of this theme is to ensure that delegates realize that solutions cannot always be developed from a one-size-fits-all standpoint. The economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental conditions that are present in a certain nation vary significantly between developed countries and developing countries; even within these categories, there are apparent differences. Throughout this conference, keep in mind the disparities that are relevant to your topics, and try to relate them to the Sustainable Development Goals. I want every student to leave RUMUN with more knowledge about their topics, a better understanding of the SDGs, and having known that there was no better way to spend the weekend than having been debating with their fellow delegates.
RUMUN staff has put in a tremendous amount of work to enhance your experience at this conference. We hope that over the course of the weekend, you are able to further develop your skills, learn about new and unique issues, and most importantly create lasting memories that you will cherish for the rest of your lives. If you need anything or have questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in December.
Rutgers Model United Nations 2017