Agenda: Working on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) is being simulated as the most recent addition to the United Nations System that allows for participation of member nations' legislators and, eventually, direct election of United Nations (UN) parliament members by citizens worldwide. The idea was raised at the founding of the League of Nations in the 1920s and again following the end of World War II in 1945, but remained dormant throughout the Cold War. In the 1990s and 2000s, the rise of global trade and the power of world organizations that govern it led to calls for a parliamentary assembly to scrutinize their activity. The Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly was formed in 2007 to coordinate pro-UNPA efforts. Whereas the General Assembly is composed of representatives of governments who ultimately represent institutional interests within the nation-state system, the UN Parliamentary Assembly shall witness the culmination of elected representatives from the member states that shall speak for the citizens and take positions of individual conscience, ultimately accountable only to constituents. Parliamentarians would be free of instruction, free from the constraints of raison d’état, free to take a global perspective – free, among other things, to exhort the governments in the General Assembly to take action in the way they think citizens would want them to. For the first time ever, TAFS MUN 2016 shall see the stimulation of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly as a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly in accordance with Article 22 of the United Nations Charter, composed of elected representatives from member states and aimed at fostering democratic participation and decision-making.
Chairperson: Varad Choudhary
Vice Chairperson: Moksh Suri
Open Forum on UN Reform
Agenda: Reforming the United Nations
Amidst the growing importance of the United Nations Organization and subsequent global dependency on it, there rises a need to ensure effective decision making, objective policy formulation and consensus-building. This simulation is aimed at focusing the attention of individual members towards reformation of the United Nations system, by suggesting necessary omission and additions in the functioning of the United Nations Organization. Not restricted to portfolio representation or foreign policy, the committee aims at inculcating genuine suggestions and paves the way for a greater change.
Moderator: Sidharth Das
Deputy Moderator: Syeda Sana
Discussion Forum on Education Sector Reforms
Agenda: Suggesting reforms to the Indian Education System
If India needs to attain the vision in education, what are required aren’t simply reforms however a revolution of sorts, which calls for an immediate overhaul of the prevailing education system. Our flagship committee aims at forming an understanding amongst those most affected by the provision of the present education system, and thus shall constitute of those affected individuals. This committee will constitute of students enrolled in schools which come under the direct supervision of the Government of India, with the primary aim of providing them a platform to raise their voice and address their concern. Carrying forward the success of State Discussion Forum simulated in 2015, this committee shall form the basis of the future of the Indian State.
The 1988 Constituent Assembly, also known as the National Constituent Assembly was a constituent assembly held in Brasília to establish Brazil's new democratic Constitution after 21 years under military rule. On November 1986, general elections were held to elect the members of the Constituent Assembly, which took office on February 1, 1987. This historic simulation will be made up of the elected members of the Constituent Congress who will deliberate to ensure a sustained and democratic setup for the largest country in South America.
United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Agenda: Understanding and mitigating the illegal uses of Internet
The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is dedicated to overseeing the United States Intelligence Community—the agencies and bureaus of the federal government of the United States who provide information and analysis for leaders of the executive and legislative branches. The Committee was created by the Senate in 1976 to “oversee and make continuing studies of the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government,” to “submit to the Senate appropriate proposals for legislation and report to the Senate concerning such intelligence activities and programs,” and to “provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
Global Economic Meeting of Bank for International Settlements
Agenda 1: Discussing reforms in the use of Macro-Prudential instruments for ensuring financial market resilience with special emphasis on Basel III
Agenda 2: The promotion of global Electronic Asset trading
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international financial institution owned by central banks which "fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks”. The BIS carries out its work through its meetings programmes and through the Basel Process – hosting international groups pursuing global financial stability and facilitating their interaction. It also provides banking services, but only to central banks and other international organizations.
The Global Economy Meeting (GEM) is the principal discussion forum for central bank Governors during the regular BIS bimonthly meetings. It monitors and assesses developments in the world economy and the global financial system, and provides guidance to, and receives reports from, the Basel-based central bank committees: the Committee on the Global Financial System, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures, and the Markets Committee.
Chairperson: Anna Sinha
Co-Chairperson: Aditya Sachdeva
European Court of Human Rights
Agenda: Hirst v United Kingdom
The European Court of Human Rights is a supra-national or international court established by the European Convention on Human Rights. It hears applications alleging that a contracting state has breached one or more of the human rights provisions concerning civil and political rights set out in the Convention and its protocols. An application can be lodged by an individual, a group of individuals or one or more of the other contracting states, and, besides judgments, the Court can also issue advisory opinions. The Convention was adopted within the context of the Council of Europe, and all of its 47 member states are contracting parties to the Convention.
President: Sameer Thakur
Joint Crisis Committee: The Six Day War - 1967
Agenda: The Six Day War of 1967
The Six-Day War, also known as the June War, 1967 Arab–Israeli War, or Third Arab–Israeli War, was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. This landmark conflict marked a shift in regional and international politics, and defined the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict for decades to come. At TAFS MUN 2016, it will be up to the delegates to decide whether they will follow the course of history, or forge a new path to avoid history’s mistakes.
The committee will be simulated in the form of a combination of three different committees running parallel at the same timeline. Based in 1967 one room will have the Israeli Cabinet and some Israeli military leaders; as Levi Eshkol (Prime Minister of Israel) calls for a meeting in the cabinet room of a few ministers who have fought for Israel in the past, as Israel finds itself in a challenging position as the Arab alliance between Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq is planning to wash Israel off the face of the earth. Thus another room will be having a meeting of top Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian and Iraqi leaders; and yet another room will be simulating the parallel Historic Security Council, which shall aim to stabilize the crisis and end the conflict through deliberation and effective resolution process.
Chairperson (Israeli Cabinet): Rahul Krishna
Director: Bharg Kale
President (Historic Security Council): Aditya Sharma
Director: Riya Singh Rathore
The International Press at TAFSMUN aims to foster qualities of originality, creativity and non-conformist thinking in every individual. Their ideas are presented in a clear yet diplomatic way. For the same, this year we shall have a team of 37 extremely talented people, out of which 17 will be reporters, 10 will be photographers and 10 will be cartoonists.
They shall be lead by an experienced jury which will guide them every step of the way. Through the course of the conference, the International Press shall produce 3 newsletters in English and 3 pamphlets in Hindi (for the committee Discussion Forum on Education Sector Reforms).
Editor-in-Cheif: Pallav Kumar Singh Editor: Aditi Garg
Editor: Palak Singhal
Head of Photography: Srijan Jain Creative Designer: Gurek Singh