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.
Conflict Diamonds, better known as “Blood Diamonds,” have plagued African countries for decades. Typically, mine workers are overworked and underpaid, all while being exposed to incredibly dangerous working conditions. Furthermore, the funds gained from exploiting mine workers are often used to fund rebel groups and illegal activity, thus resulting in conflict diamonds. These conflict diamonds are a destabilizing force within many African Countries. In addition, the exploitation of civilians in the extraction process is a serious humanitarian concern.
Hundreds of thousands of children are employed as soldiers worldwide, many of them in Africa. Being easy to control, plentiful, and unlikely to disobey orders, they are a valuable source of labour for numerous rebel groups in the continent. This practice violates their fundamental human rights and is typically traumatizing. The AU must focus on multifaceted, complex solutions in order to solve this issue and prevent child soldiers from being used in the future.
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 | 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 | 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 AU@vmun.com. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.