Bilkent Historical Model United Nations
- Jul 13 - Jul 16, 2021
- 100 Delegates
"Innovate the Future"
Since our first session in 2014, we have been establishing a platform where young innovators can have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas, whilst also educating themselves on world affairs, so as to learn to approach worldwide issues from different perspectives. This year, the Academic Team of BHMUN has decided to form both General Assembly and Special Committees held according to the most significant historical events from 1990 - 1999.
The variety of committees will allow delegates to discuss many world problems from the viewpoints required by their assigned country and role. We ensure you that every committee will offer issues of interest according to this historical decade together with extremely creative ideas. We promise to provide all delegates with interesting and debatable crises in each committee and offer rewarding opportunities that will allow you to ‘Innovate the Future’ in every aspect of the conference.
Due to the global pandemic, this year’s BHMUN will be held online. However, with the help of our devoted Organisation Team, we affirm that your expectations of our BHMUN conference this year will be surpassed by providing an exceptional experience that will meet your every need from the opening to the closing ceremony.
BHMUN is the first and only entirely historical Model UN conference in Turkey organised under Harvard procedure. Helping delegates verge upon historical issues from modern perspectives is exclusive to our conference, hence, we believe that BHMUN is a truly unique experience both for national and international delegates, and it is for this reason that we give great value to the discussions delegates will hold on the contemporary issues that are considered timeless.
With all being said, we invite you to join us in BHMUN'21 for an unforgettable and unique experience.
GA1: Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
- Preventing Arms Trade in Yugoslavia
- The Consequences of the NATO Bombing of Serbia/Yugoslavia --- Committee Description: The first committee of the UN General Assembly, DISEC, is the committee of Disarmament and International Security. The delegates of this committee will be meeting in two different years to discuss two different agenda items. First Topic (Preventing Arms Trade in Yugoslavia): It's 1991 and the Balkans are unstable. Yugoslavia, a nation that consists of seven different ethnic groups, is in multiple crises. Nationalism has been rising and it has led to big separatist movements. Some of these separatist groups have gone as far as starting to support the USA, which has been against the Yugoslavian foreign policy ever since its foundation. The biggest and most powerful socialist country in all history, the USSR is currently unstable as well. The Western bloc has been becoming more powerful with time and the Eastern bloc seems to have multiple crises going on. And in case the USSR faces a major crisis or even collapses, it seems like the West will proceed to spread their ideologies and beliefs across the world including Yugoslavia. Unity, for both blocs, is as crucial as it never was. However, Yugoslavia might struggle to be united within itself. Also, due to the fact that the separatist groups in Yugoslavia have gained extensive power, not inviting their representatives to this conference was impossible. Besides the delegation of Yugoslavia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia have pointed out that they will be proud to send their delegations to the meeting of DISEC. These delegations will be attending the conference as observer states. Serbia has refused to send a separate delegate stating that their one and only representative has always been and will always be the delegate of Yugoslavia. Second Topic (The Consequences of the NATO Bombing of Serbia/Yugoslavia): It is 1999, NATO has just started bombing Serbia. It has been a couple of minutes, and no detailed information has arrived yet. Throughout the world, it seems like nobody knows what is actually happening in Serbia. The only thing that has been noted to this minute is that if no measures are taken, a vast number of deaths will be inevitable. The World media awaits the reaction and response of DISEC upon the issue. Now, it is up to the delegates to decide upon what they are going to do: Follow the path of history or draw a path of their own. The delegates' performance will shape the flow of the committee and the BHMUN'21 Team will shape their crises in accordance with the flow.
GA3: Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM)
- Expanding and Legalizing LGBT Rights in Member States
- Plan of Action Against Xenophobia --- Committee Description: The third committee of the UN General Assembly, SOCHUM, carries the goal of solving humanitarian problems around the world. However, it has been hard to solve some of these problems due to the political polarization of the world. Each time there was a way to solve a given problem, either the Western or Eastern bloc countries have opposed this decision and, therefore, it was not implemented. Yet, SOCHUM is dedicated not to stop trying to solve major humanitarian problems and, therefore the committee will meet again in the year 1990 and to try and solve the issues of LGBT rights and xenophobia. Now, it is up to the delegates to decide upon what they are going to do: Follow the path of history or draw a path of their own. The delegates' performance will shape the flow of the committee and the BHMUN'21 Team will shape their crises in accordance with the flow.
United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
- The Issue of the Gulf War --- Committee Description: The Security Council is the highest committee of the UN. It consists of fifteen members, five permanent members(P5), and ten elected. The Security Council deals with the most serious topics of the UN that require immediate actions and decisions to be taken. It's 1990, the Security Council will gather due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The Saddam Hussein regime has taken an aggressive step in international relations, and this step taken requires an immediate response. The invasion of Kuwait was easy for the Iraqi forces due to the small army of Kuwait that is relatively weaker. The position of the Middle Eastern Countries and the P5 is critical. While some of these countries support the Saddam Hussein regime, some oppose it. But what the world awaits is an explanation of the position of the Security Council regarding the issue. Therefore the Security Council, with all its members, needs to decide upon what to do in the so-called "Gulf War". Now, it is up to the delegates to decide upon what they are going to do: Follow the path of history or draw a path of their own. The delegates' performance will shape the flow of the committee and the BHMUN'21 Team will shape their crises in accordance with the flow.
JCC: Head of States' Committee on Germany (HSCG)
- The Decisions to be Taken Regarding the Sovereignty and Legitimacy of Germany/Germanies --- Committee Description: It's 1990, and the situation in the East and West Germanies is very complicated. The Berlin Wall fell only a year ago, and the region is very unstable. It seems like there might be a possible reunification. Currently, West Germany is economically much more powerful than East Germany, and the protests occurring in the region are mostly in favor of the West and against East Germany. Therefore, it seems like a possible reunification will lead to an ideologically Western new Germany. But of course, it is hard to foresee the future; the discussions in the committee might lead to unexpected conclusions. The future of Germany/Germanies is all up to the negotiation skills of the Heads of States. Now, it is up to the Head of States to decide upon what they are going to do: Follow the path of history or draw a path of their own. The performance of the Head of States will shape the flow of the committee and the BHMUN'21 Team will shape their crises in accordance with the flow.
JCC: Intelligence Agencies' Committee on Afghanistan (IACA)
- The Post-War Situation in Afghanistan and the Insurance of Peace and Stability in the Region --- Committee Description: The year is 1990. Afghanistan has been at war for a very long time. It was at first invaded by the Soviets and then the unstable situation turned into a war in which the Americans supported one side and the Soviets the other. Until the Soviets decided to withdraw from the country, the war did not seem to be even close to ending. However, following the withdrawal of the Soviets from Afghanistan, foreign interference especially with intelligence agencies seems to have increased. The number of foreign soldiers is decreasing in Afghanistan day by day; however, because of the instability of the region, foreign intelligence has become very important. The intelligence agencies of different nations aim to gain as much information as possible upon what is actually going on on the ground in Afghanistan. They are also always ready to report any suspicious activity to their homeland. In case there will be an important update in Afghanistan, the armies that are withdrawing might need to come back. However, the primary goal must be to stabilize the region and ensure peace and security. But the problem is that the interpretation of "peace and stability" varies from country to country. Therefore, the representatives of intelligence agencies need to negotiate with other representatives and decide upon the future of Afghanistan. Now, it is up to the Representatives of Intelligence Agencies to decide upon what they are going to do: Follow the path of history or draw a path of their own. The performance of the representatives will shape the flow of the committee, and the BHMUN'21 Team will shape their crises in accordance with the flow.