- Human Rights Council (beginner)
- World Health Organisation (beginner)
- UNESCO (beginner)
- Security Council (mediocre)
- Historical Security Council (expert)
Study Guides can be found in the documents section.
GhentMUN presents five different committees on three different levels: beginner, mediocre and expert. Every delegate will be part of one committee, discussing one or more issues, and try to defend his or her country in the best way possible.
a) Human Rights Council (beginner level)
This first committee is connected with the tenth SDG: ‘reducing inequalities’. This council, made up of 46 countries, was created in 2006 and is mandated to promote and guarantee human rights for all. Some examples of issues they tackle are: violence against children, cultural rights and equal participation in political and public affairs.
The Human Rights Council will be chaired by Miriam Mecnarowski (GE), Hanne Pollet (BE) and Sebastiaan Van Severen (BE)
b) World Health Organization (beginner level)
This second committee is, as well as the first one, at beginner level. The WHO is linked with the third SDG: ‘good health and well-being’. The WHO organisation was already created in 1947 and is made up of 194 member states. Their job is to direct and coordinate authority on international health within the UN system. Food safety, reproductive health and vaccines are some of the topics they handle.
The World Health Organization will be chaired by Viera López Lasunova (DOM-UKR) and Steven Franckowiak (NL).
c) The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (beginner level)
This last committee at beginner level is created in the year of the creation of the UN itself: 1945. The mission of this committee, made up of 195 members, is ‘to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information’. Consequently it is linked with the fourth SDG: ‘quality education’. Some of the subjects they handle are: protection of world heritage, right to education and intercultural dialogue.
UNESCO will be chaired by Marina Navarro (ES) and Philippe Lefevre (UK)
d) The UN Security Council (mediocre level)
The UN Security Council is the only committee situated at a mediocre level. Furthermore this committee is linked to the sixteenth SDG: ‘Peace, justice and strong institutions’. The purpose of this council, which is created in 1945 as well, is to maintain international peace and security. Made up of fifteen countries, whereof five are permanent members, this council tackels issues like terrorism, protection of civilians and piracy.
The UNSC will be chaired by Ruth del Pino Bleijerveld (ES) and César Gimeno Rodríguez (ES).
e) The UN Historical Security Council (expert level)
The purpose of this only council at expert level is to reconstruct an important council meeting of the past, instead of covering a current issue (which will be organized at mediocre level). Consequently this council will tackle historical issues and delegates will need to adapt the position of their countries to the political sphere of that particular period in time. Examples of possible issues of the UN Historical council are the 9/11 incidents and the apartheid in South Africa.
The UNHSC will be chaired by Jasper D’Huyvetter (BE) and Florian Fermin (NL).
Nicolás H. Folley (Secretary-General)
Nicolas is a Master in Law student who, after graduating in a little town in the North of Spain, has decided to discover as much of the world as possible. Currently living in Bonn, he teaches Business and Legal English.
As most, his desire to make the world a better place has brought him closer to the United Nations and the MUN world. He has taken part in over fifteen simulations, from Austria to Spain and Scotland to the United Arab Emirates, and is not willing to give up such addiction any time soon. His hobbies include photography and International Affairs, and should you want to initiate a conversation with him do not make reference to “tapas” or bullfighting. For him, the best party has to have interesting people and red wine.
His desire to take on new challenges has led him to becoming Secretary General for this very first edition of GhentMUN.
Angel A. González García (Deputy Secretary-General)
Angel is an international economic law master student at Panthéon-Assas University (Paris, France). Having been born in the Dominican Republic, at the very heart of the Caribbean Sea, he has dedicated his professional, academic and personal lives to international law and to recognizing the importance of international relations and cooperation between States. The beginning of his journey in the MUN world dates back to 2006, and since then he has been involved in more than thirty MUN conferences. In 2014, he served as the Secretary-General for the International Conference of the Americas, the largest MUN in Latin America and the Caribbean organized by the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR). He currently works at the Permanent Delegation of the Dominican Republic to the UNESCO and fluently speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.
His hobbies include listening to music, constantly learning new things and traveling around the world. Along with the other members of the Secretariat, he’s more than Excited to contribute in making GhentMUN 2018 an unforgettable experience for all participants!
Miriam Mecnarowski (UNHRC)
Miriam Mecnarowski is currently in her last year of law at the University of Bonn, specializing in International Public Law. She has been involved into MUN since 2013, having attended her first one being a high-school student. Since then she has served not only as delegate, but also Chairperson, ExCom-Member and Member of the Advisory-Board. You can talk her passionetly about classical music and her favorite book series: Anne of Green Gables.
Sebastiaan Van Severen (UNHRC)
Sebastiaan is a PhD researcher and academic assistant in public international law at the Ghent Rolin Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI), Ghent University. He was the president of the United Nations Youth Association (UNYA) Flanders, Belgium from 2014 to 2016. As a member of this UNYA, he attended, chaired and organized numerous MUN conferences. Sebastiaan loves democracy, human rights, and eating ham out of the fridge pretending to be Tony Soprano. He strongly dislikes authoritarian dictators and wet socks.
Hanne Pollet (UNHRC)
Hanne is a law student that was born and raised in Belgium but nowadays rather considers herself a global citizen.
A young Hanne discovered MUN a long time ago and over the years she grew up to become a true devotee to every simulation that crosses her way. Being a firm believer that true understanding is the main part of a conflict solving process, she found her perfect tool in MUN and therefore made it her own personal mission to spread this addictive virus as much as possible.
Hanne is one of those people you’ll meet at 4am in a random bar somewhere on the globe, passionately discussing SC resolution 591 and without a wink being able to change the conversation to her supermarket deal expertise or the Flemish quizzing culture. As the great Tim Minchin taught her well, Hanne likes to define herself by what she loves. This includes campfires, her little sister and Jaco van Dormael movies.
Philippe Lefevre (UNESCO)
Philippe is a second year History and Politics student currently studying in Paris with Erasmus Exchange. Having been born French and English most of his life has been split up into being called a Frog or a Rosbeef respectively. He has participated in over 10 MUN conferences to date from Edinburgh to Jerusalem and finds it his favourite way to pass the time, meet new and interesting people, and burn through his money faster that Elon Musk. He also works with the Youth Association for a Greater Europe to try and improve relations between Eurasia and the EU and soon will be doing the same for the UK as it slowly drifts into the Atlantic.
He is also trying to work his way through all Western European conferences whilst it’s still not illegal to be British on the continent. He also enjoys playing Classical Guitar, playing badminton and reading edgy french poetry and philosophy whilst drinking cheap wine. Don’t be afraid to quiz him on Brexit as hard as you possibly can, but respect his decision to utter a deep existential sigh every time you bring it up.
Marina Navarro (UNESCO)
Marina is an Economics student at the University of Seville (Spain) and it is impossible to say that she lacks of international motivation: She finished a double Spanish-French Baccalaureate, she has been living in Dublin and currently in Belgium for an Erasmus year. She has also been support teacher on “Economy of the European Union” for foreign students and has given high school conferences related with the EU.
Always seeking for new projects, challenges and adventures, Marina fell in love with MUN world participating as a delegate in other conferences. She strongly believes that sharing ideas, opinions between cultures and the willingness of changing the world is the key to improve it as much as possible. She is an animal lover and a sport-addicted and concerning her studies she aims to specialize in development and international economics, therefore, enthusiasm and motivation will not be missing with her on this year’s conference!
Viera López Lasunova (WHO)
Viera’s interest in the international field started in 2010 when she held the presidency of the Model United Nations’ Club at the New Horizons Bilingual School in 2013, high school where she graduated in 2014, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Besides having the chance to participate in around 10 Model United Nations Conferences in both a national level and international level, she had the chance to participate in the Harvard National Forensics Debate Tournament in 2014.
In 2015, Viera was named Executive Assistant of the United Nations’ Association of the Dominican Republic’s (UNA-DR) Executive Director, and a member of their Volunteer Corps. Currently, since 2016, she’s pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations in the University of Warsaw in 2016. She had the opportunity to represent the UNA-DR in the WFUNA’s Sixth Human Rights Youth Program held in Geneva, Switzerland. She fluently speaks Spanish, English, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian and has got a basic knowledge of French.
Steven Franckowiak (WHO)
Steven is a Dutch-American IT student studying at the Zuyd University of Applied Science, the Netherlands. Growing up abroad, MUN became a perfect fit for him when his MUN career started in high school. Since then, he has attended more conferences than he can keep track of. His favorite aspect of MUN is meeting new people from around the world, and the lasting friendships that come out of conferences. In his free time, Steven spends a lot of time reading, writing, gaming and traveling when possible. He looks forward to getting an excuse to visit Gent again, and more importantly, chairing the WHO for the first time!
César Gimeno Rodríguez (SC)
Even if working in communications for the private sector at the moment, César likes to joke saying there are only two fields he has sound knowledge on: consular affairs, and MUN stuff. The first was the subject of his internship at the EEAS in 2015; later on, he came back to Belgium to study a Masters in EU International Relations and Diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges, where he has returned on occasion to give MUN trainings. As for the latter, he has had a successful MUN career for six years now. In particular, he is proud of his achievement as president and founder of the MUN sub-Committee of the European Commission trainees, or his position as Secretary-General of Stockholm MUN in 2015. While strictly observant of the rules of procedure during sessions, this MUN-aholic who can never fully retire is also expecting the delegates to have a blast during socials… and come fresh next morning. Work hard, play hard[er]!
Ruth del Pino Bleijerveld (SC)
Ruth is a Spanish-Dutch student studying International Relations and Political Science at Amsterdam University College. Her MUN days began in Rabat, Morocco where she went to highschool. Since then, she has attended various conferences and has even helped organise one in Amsterdam. She loves MUN for its ability to open dialogue about the most serious and pressing issues of our time, and simultaneously create a network of friendships with people all over the globe. Besides MUN, she spends most of her time reading, playing volleyball, and tutoring in maths to high school students (a tough job which she has grown to love). She looks forward to chairing the Security Council along with her lovely co-chair Nevena and cannot wait for this exciting experience!
Jasper D’Huyvetter (Historical SC)
Jasper is a historian and currently employed as a teacher in a secondary school in Ghent and at the University College of Ghent. He finished his master of arts in history in 2014 at Ghent University. During his education in Ghent he was selected as first runner up for the NMUN team of the University in 2013. He has had the opportunity to be taught by Ghents best, the team that would become the delegates of Mauritus at the NMUN Conference in New York. After that he has participated in GhentMUN 2013 as the delegate of the People’s Republic of China. This year will be the first time as a chair, and that in a historical setting. He looks forward to a serious and historical debate!
Florian Fermin (Historical SC)
Florian studies International Business (Strategy & Innovation) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His MUN career now spans almost a decade, having started doing MUN in Canada in 2009. The addiction is showing no signs of getting better any time soon, and he is very excited to be chairing his first historical UNSC.
Florian’s has participated in over 25 MUN conferences to date. He started chairing in early 2014, and has chaired on more than a dozen occasions since then. Besides his MUN life Florian works in IT, and spends his free time left with friends, playing tennis and travelling to new places. He looks forward to tasting the delicious Ghent noses once more and a great conference.