Letter of the Secretariat

Honourable future MUNSA delegates,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the third edition of Model United Nations Student Association, on behalf of the United Nations Student Association and the Secretariat Team. Our conference will return to the wonderful city of Barcelona from the 16th to the 18th of September 2022.

Following the on-site format of the previous years, we are proud to, once again, offer our future delegates, as well as the chairs of MUNSA, an event that is face to face, so that all participants are able to enjoy the best of an MUN: debating on relevant issues and getting to know each other in organized social events.

With the will to expand MUNSA from one year to the next, the Secretariat has worked hard to offer five committees to our participants, with the aim of developing enriching discussions around each of the topics. We are committed to provide a diversity of committees: a Historical Security Council, to help us learn from the past; a European Council to bring European institutions into the conference; a Human Rights Council to discuss the most pressing human rights issues; the UNESCO to find solutions for international peace and security; and, finally, a special committee, for those who want to navigate the intricacies of the Council of FIFA. Delegates will have the opportunity to showcase their cooperation, diplomatic and negotiation skills throughout the conference as well as to create lifelong friendships with people who come from very different backgrounds and experiences.

Because we believe it is essential to keep European youth engaged in discussions that affect everyone, we have decided to participate in the Model UN Refugee Challenge with our Human Rights Council. The delegates taking part in this committee will actively be involved in the debate promoted by the UN High Commissioner for the Refugees and will have the opportunity to add their voice to the conversation.

While counting down the days for MUNSA, we continue to put all our efforts into providing an incredible experience for you to enjoy, with high hopes that this edition will be a memorable experience to share together. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Barcelona another year.

Yours sincerely,

Joan Llonch Tegido and Elsa Roucaud Carreira
Secretary General and Director General of MUNSA 2022

Meet the Secretariat

Joan Llonch

I am a 21-year-old and I have just graduated from my BA in Global Studies, and I am currently working in a consultancy firm. It was during my first year of university that I got to know the world of MUNs and since then, I have participated in a number of international MUNs as a delegate and as a chair. It is a pleasure and an honor to serve as Secretary General on this year’s edition.

Elsa Roucaud

I am a newly-graduated Global Studies student and my interest in the world of internatinal relations and the United Nations led me to join UNSA Barcelona in my first year of university. It is a true honor to be part of the MUNSA 2022 secretariat this year, I am so looking forward to it!

Anna Garriga

I am a second-year student of Global Studies at UPF and a first-year student of Law at UOC, as well as Head of Models at UNSA Barcelona. My passion for understanding the international arena has driven me to MUNSA 2022, and offering the opportunities that have been given to me in the past to new delegates.

Lorena Díaz

Second-year International Business and Economics student at UPF. Since I was fifteen, I’ve been interested in MUNs and, as soon as I had the chance, I joined UNSA Barcelona. I have participated as a delegate and as a chair in simulations for several years now and I am also part of the organizing team of another MUN. I’m really looking forward to this Model that I have contributed to organising and to meeting you all!

Eva Ferrer

I am a second-year student of Global Studies at UPF and Head of Conferences of UNSA Barcelona. I have a great passion for the international arena; on the one hand my interest for the United Nations and on the other hand my delight for the EU. This will be my second time attending to MUNSA Barcelona and I’m very excited to see you all!

Emilia Andueza

I’m in my third year of Audiovisual Communication and even though my degree has nothing to do with it, I’ve always been interested in international relations and debate, which is why I joined UNSA. I’m really glad to be a part of MUNSA 2022 and can’t wait for it to happen!

Mariona Blanch

I am a law and economics student. My interest in advocacy and the social values of the UN led me to join UNSA Barcelona in 2021. UNSA has given me the tools to explore my creative side and also delve into areas that have always sparked my curiosity, such as geography, history and international law and relations. Now, I’m very excited to be part of MUNSA 2022!

Nicolás Molina

I am a second-year Law student and a first-year Global Studies’ student at UPF. The international scenery fascinates me and I am a firm believer that there is still much uncharted territory left to discover in this area; that is what led me to join UNSA Barcelona last year. I am thrilled at the prospective of participating in MUNSA 2022!

Anna Peláez

Graduate student of International Business, I joined UNSA Barcelona my first year at the university because I had always been keen on international affairs and debating upon them. I have been participating and chairing at MUN conferences all around the world, and now I am happy to take part in MUNSA’s organizing team for the third year in a row. It is a great pleasure!

Ferran Àlvarez

Third-year student of International Business and first-year International Relations, I joined UNSA Barcelona after a few experiences with MUNs in high school. It’s my second year as part of MUNSA’s secretariat and I’m really looking forward to show you the results of our work!

Maria Bertrán

I am a second-year Political and Administration Sciences student at UPF. Within my field of study, I am particularly interested in gender studies as well as international relations which is why I decided to join UNSA Barcelona in 2021. Having participated as a delegate last year, it is an honor to take part in MUNSA’s 2022 organization and I cannot wait for September to arrive!

Mònica Roca

Hello! I am in my second year of International Business Economics, and my interest in international relations and current world events led me to join the United Nations Students Association of Barcelona. Last year I participated in MUNSA as a delegate, so I am very excited to be part of the team for this year’s edition of MUNSA!

Committees

Historical Security Council (Advanced)

Ever wondered how crisis-solving may have looked like in the past? The Historical Security Council (HSC) brings a historical perspective to the most powerful council of the United Nations. The SC was established in 1945 and was attributed its well-known binding power and veto power to the P-5 group (UK, US, Russia, China and France). By focusing on security and operating under Chapters V-VIII of the UN Charter i t has the duty of protecting world peace and stability. Apart from the 5 permanent members it is composed of 10 more rotatory members, all the 15 representing 1 vote. The twist of the historical perspective will reenact some of the most concerning international crises, learning a new perspective by analyzing a new past dimension.

European Council (Intermediate)

The European Council is the organ of the European Union in charge of shaping the general political priorities of the Union by setting the agenda and being the motor of European integration. Despite having no binding power, it is focused on crisis-solving and strategic issues. It is composed of the heads of state or government of the 27 EU member states, the President of the Council (Charles Michel) and the European Commission (Ursula von der Layen). The debates usually focus on climate change, renewable energy, and redefining EU
members stance’s on matters of international security.

FIFA Council (Intermediate)

The FIFA Council is the main decision-making body of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) in the intervals of FIFA Congress (its legislative body). The Council is non-executive and supervisory, and it is in charge of setting the strategy of FIFA and setting the vision of global football. It is made of 37 members, encompassing 1 president elected by the Congress, eight vice-presidents and 28 other members elected by the member associations, each for a four-year term. The Council oversees key factors that affect football development around the world, taking into account topics that range from the World Cup climate impact to equal opportunities for access to sports by children.

Human Rights Council (Beginner)

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is the main body that strives to protect, promote and strengthen human rights worldwide, as well as signaling out those who are violating them. It was installed in 2006, substituting the UN Commission on Human Rights, and has its headquarters in Geneva. It now has 47 members, who are elected by the United Nations General Assembly every year. The topics normally treated at this committee range from investigating violations on the freedom of the press, to the debate on the term “climate refugee” or the famine crisis in the Yemen region.

UNESCO (Beginner)

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and was created in 1946. With those three pillars (education, science and culture), its main objective is to build peace as well as seeking moral and intellectual solidarity through dialogue. It is composed of 193 Member States and preserves 1073 World Heritage sites all over the world. Among its tasks, they lead the Fourth Goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (Quality Education), they coordinate tsunami warning systems and they condemn the killing of journalists.

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