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International Democrat Union

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.

Topic A: Climate Change and Conservatism (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Conservatism’s Voter Appeal (Click to show summary)

Kai Choi

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

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

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 Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.

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