MUNISH PRE-CONFERENCE ISSUE
FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2017 UN Photo Database
Promoting Peace, Justice and Inclusive Societies By Jet Kraaijveld
This years’ theme of MUNISH 2017 is peace, justice and inclusive societies. The theme derives from the 16th sustainable development goal; ‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.’ In total, there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals created until 2030. These were built upon the Millennium Development Goals which were 8 broad goals, surpassed in 2015, having the same aim as the Sustainable Development Goals, making the world a better place to live in. The development goals focus on three aspects; Social progress, Economic growth and Environmental protection whereby social progress is improved by peace, justice and inclusive societies, the theme of MUNISH. The hope to promote peace and justice is by striving towards an inclusive society. Meaning that people who have different We kindly seek your help the next three days to help us with covering the news from your forums and committees. Share your photos and stories with the MUNISH Press team. You can find us in Room C201 (above the Library) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org More photos and articles can be found at the MUNISH website at www.munish.nl #MUNISH2017 #COMMUNICATOR
beliefs, religions, ideologies and opinions are not excluded. Therefore, with an inclusive society, there will be less conflict. For the sustainable development goal to be achieved, they hope to reduce all forms of violence around the world, combatting terrorism and crime. As well as, that justice is equal to each individual.
Peace does not only mean the absence of war. Peace is the serene state of feeling secure where there is not conflict or war. These factors work together in harmony to create healthy and peaceful environments. In history, peace has been disrupted several times due to wars, usually caused by individuals searching to own more power. An example of this is Syria, whereby estimated 500,000 people have been killed in the past 6 years of war as the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is maintaining his power. Peace, justice and an inclusive society are important factors that correlate strongly. Peace has been disturbed due to people feeling that they have been regarded in an
inequitable manner, thus believing that injustice is being done to them. In the name of supposed justice, the value of humans can be decreased through the strong domination of profits and material possession. This is caused due to not having an inclusive society, whereby opinions from people with certain beliefs or regions are believed to be less
“More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together” Kofi Annan
relevant or important to modern society. For MUNISH this year, the committees will be discussing topics relating to the theme. The different committees are focussing on different topics within the theme such as LGBT and gender pay gap, different ongoing wars in the world and many more in relation to peace, justice and inclusive societies.
In this issue:
• What to do in The Hague? • Democracy & Monarchy?! • Interview with the MUNISH Board of Directors
Colofon COMMUNICATOR 2017 • Editors-in-Chief: Aaron Wang, Chiara Zwijgers • Designers Jasmin Stoios, Erin McClain • Editors Mihai Chira, Jet Kraaijveld, Amandine Leenstra, Nadine Schubert, Maxence Rynwalt, Federico Sellitto, Eleni Socratous, Eva Lucius • Digital Media Jaap Deinum, Zoe Socratous, Katerina Kazantzi, Marisa Pantelaras, Iñigo Imaz Blanco, Dimitry Usov, Patrick Lacorum • Advisor Valentina Bravo
Interview with MUNISH Board of Directors Editorial
Introducing this year’s secretariat, the beloved Victoria Her serving as the Secretary General (right) and Fabianna Flores Sanchez as the Deputy Secretary General (left). In the interview they were asked about their previous experience of MUN conferences in addition to what they are expecting this year. Both of them have been participating in MUN conferences since 2014, exposing them to the global community. Their experience is what makes them suitable for their positions. “MUNISH shaped me and shapes others into being more well-rounded people. I, for one, became a better public speaker, more aware and knowledgeable of the global issues and realized my deep care for them. I also felt inspired by those around me to work together in a synergy to create realistic and thorough resolutions to tackle current issues,” Fabianna reports, “MUN conferences helped me grow as a person and my ultimate goal this year is to ensure all delegates to reach their own full potential and leave with skills beneficial to their future careers.” “MUNISH has grown my interest in embodying myself as a global citizen and taking sincere interest in the wellbeing of global communities. I am passionate and strongly believe in encouraging the youth of today to reflect and critically solve the problems of tomorrow. We are change, and together we are the steps to take forward.” Victoria explains. They expect that this conference will be more challenging for them due to their important role throughout the conference, but also a lot more rewarding in the end. They expect that they will seek to transmit this passion to all participants and hope to explore the actuality of the theme “Peace, Justice and Inclusive Societies”, together.
“MUN conferences helped me grow as a person and my ultimate goal this year is to ensure all delegates to reach their own full potential”
Stuff about StOff
Katrien Nivera (left), Ella Scheltinga (middle) and Abe Linskens (right) will be our Academic Advisors this year! “Our function at MUNISH 2017 is to work alongside the Secretariat and Ms. Peters, to choose issues that are engaging, debatable and relevant to our theme. We also select the student officers (a.k.a. StOff ) that are crucial to moderating debate and ensuring a successful conference.” Abe reports.
sure the guests feel welcomed. In addition, we help the conference run smoothly both in and out of school from transportation, the MUN-directors tour and housing organisation.”
“We think that our theme ‘Peace, Justice through Inclusive Societies’ is a highly relevant theme that tackles many of the pressing global issues our society is currently facing” What Happens at MUNISH...
“We think that our theme ‘Peace, Justice through Inclusive Societies’ is a highly relevant theme that tackles many of the pressing global issues our society is currently facing. The values that this theme promotes are crucial to achieving effective justice systems, constructive peace-building and tolerant societies. By encouraging young people at MUNISH this year to work towards the aforementioned goals our theme stands for we hope that tomorrow’s leaders will be able to resolve worldwide conflicts collaboratively, justly and with an open-mind,” Ella adds.
What, Where, When?
Alice De Wulf and Justine Wegner will be serving as this year’s Hospitality Managers. They are in charge of making sure your stay in The Hague is as memorable as possible! “Of course we will also be available at the reception desk during the MUNISH conference, for any possible queries,” Alice adds. Justine: “We love our position because we get to meet and help everybody. Our position is of essence at the conference as we make
At this year’s annual conference our Heads of Press are Chiara Zwijgers and Aaron Wang. “We are responsible for collaborating with our press team and for the publication of the annual MUNISH magazine issues.” Chiara explains, “Our team consists of young and motivated journalists, editors, photographers, filmmakers, layout designers and artists.” “We believe the Press Team is an essential component to the conference as we provide a fun yet informative insight to the MUN experience.” Aaron adds.
Joining the BoD? Interested in applying for a position in the Board of Directors or as a Student Officer next year? Sign up Friday morning for the Student Officer workshop and find out how to apply for next year. Friday workshops are given by ex-student officers, invited experts as well as MUN Directors from ISH and other schools. For the complete list of workshops and other information about them, such as time and location, check the MUNISH booklet or ask about them at the information desk next to the registration desk.
The Hague, City Culture Awaits! By Amandine Leenstra
The Hague, also known as Den Haag or ‘s-Gravenhage, is an amazing city to enjoy your touristic stay in The Netherlands. From fancy Ferris wheels to the salty ‘sea l i f e’ and its beautiful art museums, The Hague has it all for you! If you like culture and finding out about what the country that you visit has to offer in a matter of art, you should definitely visit the many museums and classical music theatres in the city. The most well known one is the Mauritshuis. Composed of 850 paintings, this large and stylish museum will please all of
your cultural lust of the Netherlands. Also, the Louwman Museum is part of one of the most beautiful museums of The Netherlands. It’s large collection of cars will make you dream of shining step bumpers and smoothly painted hoods all night long. The Prison Gate Museum (in Dutch: Gevangenpoort) will show you what the punishments were used for criminals. Of course, if you wish to see more beautiful paintings almost hidden from the public eye, there is the Willem V Galery. It contains the backup paintings from the mauritshuis and other pieces of art that do not have a fixed place in a museum. The Escher Museum and the Panorama Mesdag also have recent and unique pieces of art that just need not to be missed. The Hague is also well known for it’s beautiful beach and it’s long white dykes near the fishing harbor of Scheveningen. A couple of hundred years ago it was a small independent fisherman’s village, but the ex-
The Vredespaleis or Peace Palace finished in 1913
Democracy or Monarchy? By: Mihai Chira
Our lovely school is located in the political capital of the Netherlands. But what makes the Hague the political capital? Is it because of the Peace Palace, the World Forum, Europol or the International Criminal Court? Or maybe it is where the King goes to work? In the matter of fact it is all of these things. So, what is the Netherlands, a monarchy or a democracy? The Netherlands has a monarch. King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand. A direct descendant of the first king of the Netherlands, William of Orange-Nassau. King Willem-Alexander has been in power since the 30th of April 2013. He has married Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti and has had 3 children. The king is the head of state and has a role in the formation of the government and in the legislative process. With the addition of co-signing every law to make it valid. He takes functions very seriously, like advising the cabinet with the legislation and is the final court for the administrative law,
pansion of The Hague brought both towns together. Its popular restaurants will serve you famous Dutch meals such as bitterballen or kroketten. You should of course try the Ferris wheel near the boulevard to admire the town from a beautiful vantage point. The Dutch parliament, being the oldest in the world, is also a beautiful sight to visit. If you want to see the Parliament in smaller size, you can also visit the famous miniature park of Madurodam. This 62.630 m² outdoor park is the whole country put on a smaller scale with all of its historical background and games to keep children entertained. Madurodam is also the place where the MUNISH party will take place, even though the park itself will be closed. The Hague has many UN sites and buildings too, such as the Peace Palace, ironically finished in 1913, which now houses the UN Court of Arbitrage that settles international disputes. Also the ICC, the ICJ and the UNPCW are all located in our city. Ask ISH delegates for their favorite spots in town, I’m sure they can share a lot more!
he refrains from using his power in these situations. The King has two residences also. One in the Hague and another in the town north of the Hague called Wassenaar.
Hague we have the Binnenhof. This is the building where the Prime Minister, Mark Rutte goes to work everyday. The Hague is a hub of all types of political buildings.
The Hague is also famous for its political buildings. The Peace Palace has been opened since the 28th August 1913. It houses the International Court of Justice and the Peace Palace Library, which a beautiful place to visit with its Neo-Renaissance architecture. The ICC (International Criminal Court) is also located in the Hague. It is a fairly new building opened in December 2015. It is the headquarters of the ICC. Here war criminals from all over the world are sent for trial against all of their crimes.
We see that our king is working side by side with the government with his different roles in it. The hub of politics is also here in the Hague for the Netherlands. Therefore if you ever question yourself if the Netherlands is a monarchy or a democracy, then you now know the answer. It is both! Miffy celebrates King’s Day - by Dick Bruna
Although there have been only two arrest it has progressed through a lot of paperwork and evidence. Unfortunately the International Criminal Court of the Former Yugoslavia has closed this year. It has been closed because all of the war criminals have been jailed or have died before even being arrested and put to trial. In the center of the
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Published on Nov 7, 2017