League of Arab States
The League of Arab States, formed in 1945, is a regional body consisting of countries in West Asia and North Africa. There were six founding members, but participation has since grown to twenty-two members. Its mandate is to “draw closer the relations between member-states and coordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.”
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 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
The crude oil market has gained much infamy due to its unpredictability. With regard to this topic, the delegates of the Arab League has to debate the destabilizing effects of a constantly fluctuating crude oil price and the restrictions it places on long-term economic planning. The Arab League is host to some of the world’s largest exporters of oil, which makes oil a cornerstone of the Arab economy. It is the responsibility of the delegates of the Arab League to find a cohesive solution to stabilize global oil prices, and to bring stability to the principal income source for the Arab world.
The Israeli-Palestine conflict has existed longer than the Arab League and is one that the Arab League is determined to resolve. There had been several attempts by the international community to foster peace between Israel and Palestine, but all attempts have deadlocked, while tension between the Israeli and the Palestinian people continues to rise. The role of the Arab League is to create a peace proposal based on the original 2002 Saudi Peace initiative, to create a lasting peace process in the region.
Jerry Xu | Director
Jerry is currently a student at St. George’s school. Since attending his first MUN conference in grade 7, Jerry has come to the realization that MUN is much more than just a simulation. Participating in MUN gave him invaluable foreign policy knowledge and impressed upon him the necessity of compromise in shaping the modern world. During the scarce free time that he has, Jerry could be found expanding his knowledge through reading, debating a plethora of issues with his friends, trying to recreate dishes from sight, and making quadruple-shot espresso runs late into the night. Jerry is ecstatic to serve as the Director of Arab League and hopes to make Arab League at VMUN 2017 an unforgettable experience for his delegates.
Katrynna Uy | Chair
Katrynna Uy is a grade 12 student at Crofton House School. She attended her first conference in grade 9 and is honoured to serve as the chair of Arab League for VMUN 2017. Model UN has made her into a more conscientious student – with exposure to world matter, it has enabled her to produce counter arguments, understand various mentalities, and rectify stimulated global conflicts. Outside of Model UN, she enjoys skiing, baking (although her ability to create successful products are slim to none), and starting new television shows that she never finishes. VMUN 2017 is sure to be an exceptional conference filled with eager delegates and avid debate. Katrynna looks forward to meeting the delegates this coming January!
Frank Yan | Assistant Director
Frank Yan is a grade 12 student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. He started Model UN in grade nine on the occasion of walking into the wrong club room, however he soon realized that it was no mistake. Since then, he felt in love with the intensity of committee sessions and the intertwining relationship of international relations and policies. Outside of Model UN, he enjoys participating in debate tournaments, volunteering for political parties, baking, and biking on outdoor trails. Frank hopes to bring delegates a comprehensive and realistic experience at VMUN 2017.
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.