I’MUN 2014 is officially closed and I am proud to call it a success. We would like to thank all those that contributed to the conference including the IAA staff, the conference secretariats, and many other; as well as the amazing delegates who helped make I’MUN 2014 what it is through their cooperation and intelligent statements. Now, enjoy our Secretary General Tara Kheir’s speech as well as some photos…
Your Excellency, Mr. Millett, UK Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and our esteemed guest speaker,
Dr. Refat Al Tawil, Esquire to Al Tawil Law Firm and our honorary guest,
Dr. Hana Kanaan, venerated director to the International Academy of Amman,
Mr. Martin Thompson, respected principal to the IAA,
Wonderful delegates, chairs, and advisors,
What is intellectual pluralism? It is the proper expression of both academic rights and responsibilities required for a respectfully reasoned, complex and controversial debate. What is pragmatism? It is an approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application. What is passion? It is strong and uncontrollable emotion.
You may all be thinking, “why is she speaking of such concepts? Why are they significant?” Well, because, in the midst of the whirlwind that is intellectual pluralism, pragmatism and passion, lays the solution to international peace and concord. To the formation of true collective security.
Collective security is a factor that is vital to the headway of all nations, especially in the framework of the twenty-first century.
With the emergence of the terrorist group ISIS, the materialization of the new Crimean Crisis, and the sanctions imposed upon Russia by countries in the West, the I’MUN 2014 Secretariat and I believe that the concept of collective security is not only wholeheartedly fitting for the theme of the I’MUN this year, but as a conclusion for 2014 also.
With the beginning of the 20th century, giving prominence to the end of WWI, collective security has been placed within higher classification. However, although there has been an abundance of instances where it has thrived, we are yet to see collective security take prominence in all scopes of policy.
Thus, in retrospect, we deduce that it can be quite difficult to allow collective security to flourish continually. However, we must start small. In the 4th century B.C, Greek philosopher Diogenes was asked whether the concept of ‘motion’ was real or not. Instead of trying to explain motion through mathematical formulae, he simply stood up and stated, “It is solved by walking”, and he, unsurprisingly, began to walk.
Walking; the most fundamental technique for mobility; for progress. Thus, we must begin with the most elementary and ingenuous methods, the same methods that have been the building blocks for the most complex, modernized and renovated techniques for ensuring collective security. We do not need to begin by enhancing our military technology, our nuclear weapons, or promising threats. We must listen, negotiate, and confront the issue before it becomes solemn.
Thus, I am happy to have so many delegations from the most endearing schools in Amman participate this year, where you will all negotiate, suggest and exchange ideas, as well as write and pass resolutions, all under your respective foreign policies.
I would especially like to emphasize the presence of the Aljazeera School, who will be joining I’MUN for the first time this year. Over the past two months, they have been training dynamically for their work in the Arab General Assembly and have worked with determination, vigor and dedication albeit being their first experience with MUN.
Over the next three days, you will all debate solutions to the agenda items the Secretariat and I have chosen, all pertaining to the theme of I’MUN this year: “21st Century Collective Security; Safeguarding Internationalism”. Take advantage of your research, your chairs, and your stimulating environment; because if you do so, consensus will flourish and so will you.