Founded in 1983 with the intention of promoting democracy and centre-right politics across the world, the International Democrat Union (IDU) is an organization of conservative-leaning political parties who collaborate in matters of policy-making, political strategy, and organization. With over 70 members from every inhabited continent, parties ranging from domineering ruling parties to minuscule opposition parties are all represented within this unique political international.
In its first year at VMUN, the IDU aims to give delegates the opportunity to discover the complexities of party policy, electoral successes and failures, and ideological beliefs. Rather uniquely within MUN, delegates will represent political parties rather than a country or individual, as they debate and ponder the future of centre-right politics. As nations across the world seemingly collapse into partisan divisions one by one, accurate and respectful discussion of the issues that face governments today will allow each member of society to navigate the treacherous waters of ideological politics.
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 January 22nd, 2021, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
Since the late twentieth century, the international community has recognized anthropogenic climate change as one of humanity’s most pertinent dangers. Every nation on Earth must coordinate their climate action strategies in order to put an end to global warming; however, such a task is not easy. For example, although the political parties in the IDU are strongly unified by a belief in fiscal and social conservatism, they often disagree on the severity of climate change and the most appropriate course of action to end it. In this topic, delegates will navigate the intersection of effective climate action and conservative ideals to create a solution that upholds both to a high standard.
Within the democratic process, the ultimate kingmaker is the voter. From age, geography, ethnicity, and belief, political trends across the world are coalescing to present a monumental challenge for conservative political parties to win the hearts and minds of voters. Youths and ethnic minorities are growing increasingly supportive of traditionally liberal stances, while conservatives languish due to an over-reliance on rural votes and obsolete campaign tactics. Yet, conservative parties across the world are now pioneering new ways to win support from new demographic groups in elections: from overwhelming social media usage to new climate action policies. Delegates in the IDU will step into the shoes of campaign managers and political strategists from all corners of the globe as they search for ways to achieve consistent success at the ballot box.
Kai Choi | Director
Kai Choi is a senior attending St. George’s School. He is excited to direct the International Democrat Union at VMUN 2021. His journey with Model UN began in 2015, where he sat through his first few committee sessions restricted by his intense fear of public speaking. However, he has since overcome this phobia and indulged in the world of MUN; he continues to enjoy what the activity teaches him about debate, collaboration, and the world at large. Outside of MUN, you can find Kai swimming the 100-meter breaststroke, making beats, or catching up on the last 60 years of popular music. Kai looks forward to directing his committee and hopes that the delegates enjoy their time at VMUN.
Sophia Chong | Chair
As a junior at Crofton House School, Sophia is more than delighted to serve as the Chair for the International Democrat Union at VMUN 2021. Attending her first Model UN conference as an apprehensive eighth-grade student, Sophia became captivated by the heated debate and fast-paced discussion. As this will be her fourth time participating in VMUN, Sophia is thrilled to be a member of the VMUN staffing team; she hopes that she inspires others to develop a passion for the dynamic world of MUN. Outside of Model UN and school, Sophia enjoys making earrings for her friends, watching and analyzing films, and perfecting her charcuterie boards. She looks forward to meeting everyone at VMUN 2021!
James Zhang | Assistant Director
James is entering his senior year at St. George’s School and is enthusiastic to serve as the Assistant Director for IDU at VMUN 2021. He attended his first conference in Grade 8 and has continued to participate in MUN ever since then. As James has personally experienced the importance of having a supportive dais team, he strongly values creating a nurturing and educational environment for the delegates throughout the conference. In his spare time, James likes to work on his car, go for drives with friends, and binge-watching Netflix when he really should be working on his common app. He looks forward to getting to know the delegates and hopes to make VMUN 2021 a memorable experience.
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.