THREE DAYS OF REWARDING DEBATE
NOVEMBER 6-8, 2020
Equity Amidst Turmoil
In order to understand a complex theme that often manifests itself within our daily lives, as Equity Amidst Turmoil does, it is pertinent to first examine the underlying concepts and terminology. Equity, though often considered synonymous with equality (the state of being completely equal, or the same), is actually a different concept -- in essence, the idea of being fair and impartial. Equity is often considered when attempting to solve much of the world’s problems. While turmoil is a chaotic state of disturbance and uncertainty -- words that could not be more true when observing the recent crises around the globe.
Throughout our history, we have been ravaged with dissension and managed to continuously survive -- with mostly temporary solutions, on behalf of the greater good. When formulating said solutions, heads of state, lawmakers, diplomats, companies, and private citizens all must take into account all perspectives and all the social costs and benefits of their proposed solutions. When looking back to the end of World War II, American President Harry S. Truman made the bold, yet controversial decision to use nuclear bombs on innocent Japanese citizens, in the name of ending the war for the greater good. But at what cost did that come? It can certainly be argued that many more lives would have been lost had the war continued, yet many innocent lives were lost nonetheless, in what can thoroughly be deemed an inequitable decision. That was one instance of grave turmoil in history, but given our current day and age, there are certainly many more that exist in need of equitable solutions.
It is necessary to highlight the recent times of turmoil that have plagued our world -- the COVID-19 Outbreak, the Rohingya Refugee Conflict, the Protests in Hong Kong, the lasting war on terror in the Middle East, the decades-long Israel-Palestine Conflict -- the list goes on.
We live in times of turmoil, and it is necessary that all impacts are weighed and examined through all lenses and designed to succeed. How can we reach a compromise? Maybe even consensus? How can every party be motivated to engage in our world’s future? How can costs be examined and minimized? How can we eliminate our biases, prejudice, and stigma? How can we learn to support everyone differently to reach a common goal? That is essentially the essence of solving dissent fuelled turmoil with equitable solutions. It is necessary to support and impact all parties positively, but that certainly does not indicate the same manner of support.
Ultimately, at CHEMUN XIV, we strive to spark vigorous debate on all of these questions and thoughts, in order to do our part in making a positive impact in an ever-changing world.
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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.