joint crisis committees: The Arctic War, 2080

The Joint Crisis Committees are very different from the normal MUN experience, yet equal even the United Nations Security Council in their complexity and challenge. The JCC consists of two independently-running subcommittees whose decisions and actions immediately affect the perpetual crisis at hand, thus providing for an experience like no other. The ritual raising of placards is replaced with international espionage, fast-paced decision-making, and incessant debates; all aimed to destroy the ideological enemy. What delegates will be asked to deal with is only partially revealed for your preparation; covert plots, terrible luck, and the well-meaning—or hostile—actions of the opposing committee together offer an unpredictable, volatile, and urgent, but undoubtedly exciting, experience. If the bloc as a whole is to succeed, the delegates must compromise, negotiate, and persevere in a battle of diplomatic wit; after all, there is a nemesis waiting, biding its time.

As a continuous crisis cabinet, this committee is most appropriate for experienced delegates. Position papers are mandatory, and must be submitted 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: The Arctic War, 2080 (Click to show summary)

Matthew Cheng | Director

Matt is a senior at St. George’s School. VMUN 2019 marks his fifth and final iteration of the conference and he is beyond excited to be directing the JCC. His passion for international affairs began five years ago, when he walked into committee session for the first time and proceeded to speak a total of two times. Since then, Matt has delegated and staffed at over ten conferences in the Lower Mainland, exploring new resolutions and meeting new people. Outside of Model UN, Matt can be found operating his taxi service for his friends who reside in Surrey, directing guests to the nearest washroom at the PNE, and enjoying a game of badminton. Matt hopes to create a unique and unforgettable experience for all delegates at VMUN 2019!

Su-Ann Ho | Bloc Director

As a junior attending Crofton House School, Su-Ann Ho is honoured to be serving as a Bloc Director of the Joint Crisis Committees at VMUN 2019. Su-Ann originally joined MUN to improve her public speaking skills; yet, after 3 years of delegating, she has developed a passion for the intense debate forum. She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, leading a robotics team, and dog-watching in her free time. When not immersed in political discussions, she learns about the mysteries of life by delving into the rabbit hole of Wikipedia articles. Su-Ann is excited to meet all of the delegates and thrilled to be part of an amazing weekend at VMUN 2019!

Maurits Freybe | Bloc Director

Maurits is a junior student at Brentwood College School and he is ecstatic to serve as Bloc Director of the JCC committee at VMUN 2019. This will be his 5th year taking part in MUN, and ever since his first conference at the age of 12 he has been fascinated by the high level of debate that occurs during MUN sessions. Maurits loves the environment of learning presented through MUN, and is delighted to help share his devotion with all other delegates, whether they be beginners or well-seasoned debaters. In his very scarce free time Maurits likes to hit the slopes, sip on fresh Nespresso cappuccinos, keep up with world soccer, and cook delicious meals. He is thrilled to staff at VMUN and cannot wait for an amazing conference.

Kevin Wang | Chair

A grade 12 student attending Fraser Heights Secondary, Kevin is honoured to serve as Chair for the Joint Crisis Committee. Since his introduction to Model UN two years ago, he’s been truly captivated by the extent of political engagement and proficiency in debate; each conference has become something to look forward to for months beforehand. When Kevin’s not pacing around conferences in formal attire, he can be found attempting to correctly analyze stock markets, reading up on current events, exploring Vancouver’s culinary offerings, or simply re-watching episodes of his favourite TV shows. Kevin is incredibly excited to witness delegates become enveloped in intense discussion, and hopes that VMUN will be a memorable experience for all.

Mateo Murr | Chair

Mateo Murr is a grade 12 student at St. Michaels University School on Vancouver Island and is ecstatic to be serving as a JCC chair. This will his last VMUN and he looks forward to hearing some passionate debate. Mateo stumbled into Model UN in grade 8 and has been hooked ever since. He hopes to make the JCC as exciting and enjoyable as possible, and to inspire delegate to be as passionate about Model UN as he is. Other than Model UN, studying, and trying to get accepted to university, he can be found building Lego at the local Denny’s with his friends, pretending to be good at trading stocks on the TDX, and antagonizing people during political arguments to prolong the discussion. Mateo looks forward to meeting the delegates in his committee and hearing the fiery debate that will ensure.

Jessy Ma | Crisis Staff

A Grade 11 at Crofton House School, Jessy Ma is ecstatic to be serving as a JCC Crisis Staff at this year’s VMUN. This will be Jessy’s 3rd VMUN and her 2nd time staffing. Since her first Model UN experience in grade 8, Jessy has continued to strive to improve her skills as a passionate leader and public speaker. Besides MUN, Jessy enjoys eating cheese, watching Kurzgesagt, browsing Netflix, and discovering the “je-ne-sais-quoi” in life. As an avid crisis lover, she looks forward to a weekend of crisis solving and intense debate!

Tiara Safaei | Crisis Staff

Tiara is a Grade 11 student attending Crofton House School, and she is excited to serve as the Crisis Staff for JCC at VMUN 2019. Since participating in her first MUN conference as a naive grade 8 student, Tiara has attended over 10 conferences locally, but her fondest MUN memories will always be those delegating in the fast-paced, secretive environment of crisis committees. Outside of MUN, Tiara can be found colour coding notes, fiddling with breadboards, playing exploding kittens, and playing with her (non-exploding) cat named Rutherford. She looks forward to seeing everyone at VMUN 2019, and making it the best experience possible!

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