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African Union

The African Union is a continental union that was established 52 years ago. It was created with a variety of objectives: to achieve greater unity between African nations, to protect the sovereignty of member states, to promote democratic principles, and many more. Delegates will have to come together as a cohesive body in order to address these major issues with comprehensive and effective resolutions. The African Union is an intermediate committee.

This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 23:59. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.

Topic A: The Trade of Conflict Diamonds (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Child Soldiers (Click to show summary)


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Matthew Cheng

Matthew Cheng | Director

Currently a junior at St. George’s School, Matthew is thrilled to serve as the Director for the AU at VMUN 2018. Of all the conferences that Matthew has attended, VMUN has undoubtedly been his favourite. The high level of debate, unparalleled professionalism, and amazing people have created the most extraordinary Model UN experiences, which has blossomed his fascination for world issues. Outside of committee session, Matthew can be found trying to convince everyone that he didn’t lie about his height on his driver’s license, getting destroyed by his Assistant Director in badminton, and flaming his so called ‘friends’ in League of Legends. Matthew is incredibly excited to witness the high level of discussion that will unfold at VMUN, and hopes that AU will present an unforgettable experience for all delegates!

Sherry Sun

Sherry Sun | Chair

A junior attending Richmond Christian School, Sherry is thrilled to act as the Chair of African Union at VMUN 2018. After attending her first conference in Grade 9, Model UN has truly transformed her perspective of global issues and international relations. Fascinated by the all of the opportunities MUN has to offer, she thoroughly enjoyed every conference as both a delegate and staff. Besides investing time in Model UN and academic studies, Sherry enjoys working for non-profit organizations, performing with her orchestra, and baking macarons in her free time. Regardless of your past experiences with Model UN, she hopes that you will grow in your passion for public speaking. Looking forward to VMUN 2018, she cannot wait to meet everyone there!

Jasper Mai

Jasper Mai | Assistant Director

Jasper is currently a grade 11 student attending Fraser Heights Secondary School, and is absolutely ecstatic to serve as the Assistant Director for AU. After raising his placard thrice in his first Model United Nations conference two years ago, Jasper has since been constantly captivated by the MUN community and its incomparable experiences. When he is not indulging in MUN, Jasper will usually be found participating in an exhilarating badminton match and fun volleyball rally, or sometimes even in the confusing world of debate. You can often encounter Jasper making cringe-worthy puns or watching the prestigious We Bare Bears television show. Jasper is thrilled for the weekend at VMUN 2018 and looks forward to what hopefully develops into an unforgettable experience for all delegates and himself.

You can contact the Director at Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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