AFRICAN UNION

The African Union is a continental union established in 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and launched in 2002 in South Africa, with the aim of replacing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, established in 1963 with 32 signatory governments). 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. The AU is the principal body tasked with promoting pan-Africanism and facilitating continental integration. Following the January 2017 admission of Morocco, the AU now comprises all of continental Africa.

This committee is specifically designed for intermediate and experienced delegates. 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 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: Terrorism in Somalia (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Preventing and Combating Corruption (Click to show summary)

Leo Wang | Director

A junior hailing from University Hill Secondary School, Leo is delighted to serve as the Director of African Union at VMUN 2019. After attending his first Model UN conference in grade 9, Leo was instantly captivated by the heated debate between delegates and the creative yet pragmatic solutions to real-world issues. That remarkable experience incited a passion for the subject of international affairs, which would only flourish in the many years ahead. Beyond engaging in Model UN, Leo enjoys spending his time working with NGOs, reading Bloomberg Businessweek, and catching up on sleep. He looks forward to meeting everyone at VMUN 2019, and cannot wait to witness intense debate!

Evelyn Gondosiswanto | Chair

Evelyn Gondosiswanto is entering her senior year at Fraser Heights Secondary and is delighted to serve as Chair of the African Union at VMUN 2019! She started her journey in MUN and debate in grades 8 and 9, and has been absolutely addicted ever since. Whether it comes to chugging caffeine during midnight crises or procrastinating before conferences, she treasures every single MUN experience deep within her heart. Outside of conferences, Evelyn can often be seen inhaling sweets to fulfill her sweet tooth needs, practicing the violin or making (Ho)listic science puns. Evelyn sincerely hopes delegates will enjoy themselves at VMUN and that she can provide an exciting experience for all!

Jason Chen | Assistant Director

Jason Chen is a sophomore student at Collingwood School. Gaining his passion for Model United Nations at his first conference in October 2017, he wishes to make the AU a committee that welcomes both new and experienced delegates, and sparks delegates’ passion for MUN. He is also an avid debater and a humanitarian worker. When he is not busy, Jason can be found running around the city trying to find good food and bubble tea. He is super excited to meet all of his delegates soon at VMUN 2019.

You can contact the Director at au@vmun.com with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.