I am immensely excited to welcome you to the 52nd session of the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference and to DISEC. My name is Elyas Tecle, and I will be serving as your Chair for the duration of the weekend. First, let me tell you a little about myself. I am originally from the suburbs of the city of Brotherly Love, where I lived for most of my childhood. I’ve done Model UN for the majority of high school and have continued with it through college. I’m currently a junior studying International Relations and Consumer Psychology, but I’ve always had an interest in technology and data as well. Once I came to Penn, I continued to be passionate about it and joined the International Affairs Association in the fall of my freshman year. Along with being your Chair for UPMUNC, I have also served as the Director-General for ILMUNC, Penn's high school Model UN conference. Outside of being a nerd, I love playing soccer and tennis and if you’re an F.C. Barcelona fan, there’s a good chance that we’ll get along well! DISEC is one of the most prestigious and challenging simulations UPMUNC has to offer and I am looking forward to leading you all throughout the weekend along with Arman, your moderator. We will be debating some of the most important political and social issues today that affect every nation in the committee. However, I am confident that you all will be able to find the best solutions possible through diplomacy and statesmanship. Arman and I, along with the UPMUNC 52 Secretariat, have been working hard to make this year’s conference the best yet. We’re looking forward to working hard in committee together, and enjoy the great events that UPMUNC has planned as well! If you have any questions about this committee or UPMUNC as you get ready and research, please do not hesitate to ask our Under Secretary-General for General Assemblies, Anush. See you all in November!
Sincerely, Elyas Tecle
Welcome to UPMUNC LII! It is our pleasure to serve on your Dais this conference. My name is Arman Ramezani, and I will serve as your Moderator for the Disarmament and Security Committee. For background, I am a junior in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. Within that, I concentrate in finance and Hispanic Studies, and this past Spring, I spent the semester abroad in Barcelona. I was born and raised in Palos Verdes, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles and moved here to Philly for college. I competed and chaired in Model United Nations throughout high school, and in college, I have been involved in two different conferences, including UPMUNC L and LI. This is my third year being involved in Penn’s International Affairs Association (IAA), which is the umbrella organization which includes UPMUNC, and for 2018, I served as the Secretary-General for the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Peru. I always thought my MUN career would end in high school, but I oddly keep coming back for more! Outside of the IAA and MUN, I am involved in the education policy branch of Penn’s student government. I love trying new cuisine, Persian food being my favorite, and I’m slowly getting the hang of cooking it. I also spend significant time learning about cars and new automotive technology. More recently, I picked up distance running, so if we have any shared interests, let’s chat (or even if we don’t, I swear I’m friendly)! In closing, your Dais will try to ensure you have the best experience at UPMUNC this November, and we cannot wait to hear the debate in committee.
Sincerely, Arman Ramezani
Welcome to the UPMUNC 52 Disarmament and International Security Committee! The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), also known as the First Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations, handles threats to world peace. Since each nation-state puts sovereignty, national security and self-interest first, states have a tendency to try and maximize their power over others. What results is a perpetual imbalance in power. Whether this power be military, economic, or political, DISEC’s role is to ensure that despite this imbalance, the UN as a body continues to uphold global security and peace We have high expectations for this debate, and we look forward to moderating your discussions in November!
The rules defining the protection of Prisoners of War(PoWs) were first outlined in the third Geneva convention of 1949, which prevent subjugation to torture, degrading treatment, and murder. While the number of PoWs in recent time has decreased, their treatment has not. How can the rules outlined in the Geneva convention be better enforced and adhered to in today’s age?
By establishing military bases around the world, countries can project their might to other powers and in doing so, influence crucial events overseas. While it is true that the number of foreign military bases has drastically fallen since World War II, countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, and France still possess a large number of installations abroad. With tensions around the world again on the rise, will we see a resurgence of foreign military bases to their pre-World War II numbers?
If you have any questions about this committee, feel free to reach out to your Under-Secretary General Anushrut Shah at email@example.com