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.
To many in the international community, Somalia is a failed state. Decentralized governance, extremist militants, pirates, and warlords are all to blame for this, but no single group has done more to destabilize Somalia than Al Shabaab. Through its connections with Al Qaeda and state actors, the organization thrives – financially, ideologically, and combatively. Effectively eliminating Al Shabaab is not only the first necessary step to rebuilding Somalia, but it also demonstrates the proficiency of the AU and restores stability to a region deprived of its potential. Crafting a resolution will require delegates to cooperate, recognize the divided allegiances of member states, and work towards a solution that best fulfills the mandate of the AU.
A colony, a territorial dispute, and a forgotten war: these are all terms that have been used to describe the Western Sahara conflict, an ongoing struggle between the indigenous people of the Western Sahara and the Moroccan Government, who currently claims two-thirds of the territory. For years, the international community has sought to broker an agreement between the two groups in an effort to stabilize the region and develop its natural resources. Instead, human rights violations are rampant, the indigenous Sahrawi struggle to meet their basic needs, and both sides adamantly claim the territory as their own.
Rosa Rahimi | Director
Rosa is a junior attending York House School and she is thrilled to be directing the AU this year. She began participating in Model UN as the delegate of Albania in grade 8 and hasn’t looked back since. Being involved with MUN as a delegate, staff member, and student leader has given Rosa the opportunity to meet new people, participate in meaningful discussions, and foster her passion for human rights and international relations. If she’s not planning her committee’s crisis, you can find Rosa debating, planning her trip to Siberia, or re-watching season three of Parks and Recreation. Rosa encourages delegates to think critically, speak up, and see every committee session as an opportunity to contribute their valuable perspectives on pressing issues.
Paul Bao | Chair
Paul Bao, a senior, is excited to be joining the amazing team of VMUN as the chair of AU. His sharp tongue and robust personality has naturally led him to join the egotistical and stubborn world of debate and MUN where one constantly puts his/her opinion above all others. Outside of bickering with his friends and working under his friends, Paul enjoys playing tennis, reading, books, and regretting his life and a bottle of refreshing apple juice. He hopes that the delegates have an amazing time and experience one of the coolest journeys during high school.
David Ni | Assistant Director
Ever since the days of ye olde, David has been entrenched in the cryptic and esoteric subject that is politics; thus, MUN was able to quench his thirst for glory on the bureaucratic battlefield. During his essentially non-existent leisure time, David prefers to enjoy the finer things in life such as, staying up late to binge watch k-drama, debating matters that do not have any real application, or simply walking up to 10 km per day just to catch ’em all. When he is not found indulging on matters that others may label as a “trivial,” David can be found playing the flute, learning languages, or rowing with his teammates. David looks forward to kick-starting his MUN-staff career as the Assistant Director for the African Union.
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.