The MainMUN 2020 Summit will pose as this year’s crisis committee. The Summit will be staffed with the corresponding foreign secretaries of each represented country during the conference.
MainMUN is a Model United Nations with an interconnected approach, this means that the heads of the country delegations will most likely be in this committee. The delegates in this committee will not only talk about the presented topic but also will have to interact with the other delegates of their country delegation to establish a consistent country policy throughout the conference. As the head of your country delegation you can issue instructions to the country’s delegates in the other committees including the Security Council. The decisions and instructions are solely up to the delegates and will shape the direction of the MainMUN 2020. Therefore, the head delegates have a significant impact and influence on the work done in the other committees.
As an international summit off the regular structure of the United Nations, the world leaders are going to address the most pressing issues. However, the committee will follow the regular MainMUN Rules of Procedure for committees. In addition to those, the summit will also adhere to a second set of Rules of Procedure which are crisis specific and will be provided to delegates separately. These will explain how the system of directives works and how the members of the summit can use them to perform specific actions during the conference.
The topic of the MainMUN 2020 Summit will be Developing Measures to Ameliorate Cyber Security.
The Summit will be monothematic but news of other important matters which will need to be debated during the conference, can arise any time. Meaning, delegates should prepare for their country’s policies in a broad manner and not just topic specific. Because just like the “real world”, you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.
We hope that you are as excited as we are to discuss cyber security and we can have a very fruitful discussion all together.
Topic: Developing Measures to Ameliorate Cybersecurity
Data breaches of social media platforms and email providers, the selling of personal data, hacking of personal and business networks, DDoS attacks, malware and many more instances increase the chance that you might be a personal victim of cybercrime at least once in your life. Additionally, cyberwarfare may influence you indirectly via election meddling, leaking of national security data, attacks on national infrastructure (especially in the energy sector) and many more.
The current Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has repeatedly called for international regulations to protect nations from cyberwarfare. Warfare between states has long moved on from just using an army to fight the enemy. It is often much easier, and much cheaper, for countries to fight their wars not physically but make use of the cyberspace. Nations can employ non-state actors to meddle with the national security of other nations and may be successful to the point, that the origin of the attack may never be revealed. The Summit will have to deal with the question on how nations can prevent possible attacks on their infrastructure and economy. Sharing information between nations can have significant advantages for all interacting states but imposes security issues as well. State espionage and counter attacks fill the news and have gained public interest.
All cyberwarfare is a cybercrime, but not all cybercrime is cyberwarfare. Delegates need to find the right way to address the issues at hand to protect citizens not only via protecting their governments from possible cyberattacks but also the citizens in their use of the cyberspace as well.