THREE DAYS OF REWARDING DEBATE
NOVEMBER 8-10, 2019
Ethics and Advancement:
Today’s world is constantly pushed forward by technological advancement. Previously debilitating diseases such as Polio have now been rendered harmless in nations across the world with the help of powerful vaccines; new machines are being developed to optimize the process of manufacturing; and we are surrounded by a veil of advanced software that streamlines our daily routines. As we continue to venture further into society augmented by technology, the importance of our choices rises to prominence: what risks do these advancements pose to us?
Factories today produce their goods at a faster rate than any other previously observed point in history-- but at what cost? As production becomes more rapid, working opportunities decline in these factories. On the other hand, consider the issue of modern-day slavery, particularly in relation to clothes and textiles. With the increased availability of clothing at cheaper price points, society as a whole furthers its reliance on modern-day slavery and unjustly cheap labor in order to meet newer standards of clothing. In the ever-expanding field of biotechnology, consider the prospect of genetic modification: a form of technology that allows for the pre-natal elimination of crippling illnesses like Huntington’s disease or hemophilia. To what extent are these modifications considered ethical? For what purposes? What does abuse of this technology look like and how do we ensure that it is not abused?
Aside from technology, advancement occurs from a sociocultural standpoint as well. How does globalization have an impact on the mindsets of individuals across the globe? How does internationalism damage indigenous culture? How do nationalistic mindsets promote further conflict? What does a balance of these abstract ideas look like in practice? Technology brings comfort; it saves lives. Advancement is a natural part of human history, but as we continue to innovate and progress, it becomes clearer than ever that the choices we make in relation to how we advance carry significant consequences: both positive and detrimental.
These are some of the questions and ideas that will be raised at CHEMUN XIII; through 3 days of invigorating debate, delegates and student officers will be pushed to their limits pondering these ideas, and many more.
CHEMUN XIII Timeline:
What is CHEMUN?
Since its inception in 2006, the American International School of Chennai has held a three-day annual conference for high school students who wish to show their passion and insight for contemporary international relations. As a simulation of the United Nations, CHEMUN thrives to encourage all students to come together to research, caucus, debate, support and pass resolutions to solve issues of global importance.
As a THIMUN affiliated conference, CHEMUN is an exciting opportunity for young minds to confront themselves to the most pressing issues of today’s world. It will give them an understanding of how to approach and solve global concerns. This inspiring experience encourages students to work collaboratively and exposes them to the dynamics of our world through debate and cooperation. Topics concerning eleven different forums - GA: SPECPOL and Decolonization; GA: Social, Humanitarian and Cultural, ECOSOC, DISEC, HRC, EC, SPC, APQ, ICJ, SC, and HSC - will be introduced to the participants for them to discuss as representatives of their assigned country.