19-23 April 2017
Remapping the world: Could the dynamism and blurring of borders be a threat to State Sovereignty?
Welcome Letter of the Secretary General
DEAR DELEGATES, CHAIRS, STAFF MEMBERS, DEAR ALL,
AS THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE 19TH ANNUAL SESSION OF GSMUN, IT IS A PLEASURE AND AN HONOUR FOR ME TO INVITE YOU TO OUR CONFERENCE FROM 26TH TO 29TH APRIL 2019. AS THE ILDC SOCIETY, WE ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE IDEA OF WELCOMING YOU IN OUR CAMPUS ON THE COAST OF BOSPHORUS.
THE TERRITORY OF A STATE HAS ALWAYS BEEN DEFINED AS ONE OF ITS ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS. OF COURSE, A TERRITORY IS DESIGNATED BY ITS BORDERS. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE CONSIDERED FIXED AND STABLE, BORDERS OF STATES AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ALTERING DE FACTO OR DE JURE THROUGHOUT HISTORY. FOR THIS YEAR’S SESSION, THE GSMUN TEAM HAVE DECIDED TO FOCUS ON THIS ISSUE, STUDYING THE IMPORTANCE OF BORDERS ON STATE SOVEREIGNTY.
IN ORDER FOR THE PARTICIPANTS TO HAVE FRUCTUOUS DEBATES ON THE THEME, WE HAVE SETTLED FOUR COMMITTEES: THE SECURITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS CRITICAL SITUATIONS IN PALESTINE AND KOSOVO, THAT BOTH CLAIM SOVEREIGNTY THROUGH TERRITORY; THE ECO-SOC, WHICH WILL CONCENTRATE ON THE GLOBAL OUTCOMES OF THE BREXIT MOVEMENT AND THE TRADE WARS BETWEEN CHINA AND USA; THE ICJ WILL RENDER A JUDGEMENT ON THE SITUATION OF THE TEMPLE OF PREAH VIHEAR. FINALLY, THE ONLY FRANCOPHONE COMMITTEE OF THE CONFERENCE WILL GO BACK TO 1923 TO REANIMATE THE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN ALLIES’ AND TURKEY’S DELEGATES ON THE FUTURE OF THE NEWLY-FOUNDED TURKISH REPUBLIC, LEADING TO THE TREATY OF LAUSANNE.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON OUR COMMITTEES, SOCIAL EVENTS, FEEL FREE TO CONSULT OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS, WEBSITE OR DIRECTLY US.
ON BEHALF OF THE ILDC SOCIETY, I WOULD ONCE AGAIN INVITE YOU TO GSMUN’19. WE ARE CORDIALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO MEET AND WELCOME YOU IN APRIL FOR AN UNPRECENTED EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF ISTANBUL.
SECRETARY GENERAL, GSMUN 2019
who we are;
'ınternatıonal law and dıplomacy club' ILDC is the very first student club to be established in the University Of Galatasaray with 23 years of academic experience gained via various events. These events included international and local MUNs, numerous European Youth Parliament (EYP) experiences, vast amounts of conferences about topics that matter to the World with attendances of the people who are the best of their fields; including various academicians, politicians, journalists and even consuls of different countries.
Today, ILDC had made 18 MUNs since its establishment. This number indicates to a considerable amount of experience in the field of MUN. With connections made around the globe and with the best academic teams one could ever assemble, GSMUN ‘18 is also brought to you by ıldc.
Traité de Lausanne
In a referandum held in the United Kingdom on June 23rd 2016, 52% voted for the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. Subsequently, the UK government invoked the Article 50 of the Treaty of the Treaty on European Union, and thus the UK is due to leave the EU on March 29th 2019. “Sovereignty” was the biggest single cause for the small majority of 52% who had voted in favor of withdrawal, arguing that the UK should be released entirely from the grip of Europe and should be left alone in the decision-making process in matters regarding the UK. The consequences of the withdrawal are expected to affect the lives of millions of UK citizens who live and work in the EU, and millions of foreigners who live and work in the UK, along with making a dramatic impact on the economy of both the European Union and the United Kingdom itself.
-Trade Wars : A trade war is a side effect of protectionism that occurs when one country (Country A) raises tariffs on another country’s (Country B) imports in retaliation for Country B raising tariffs on Country A's imports. A tariff is a tax imposed on imported goods and services. Trade wars can commence if one country perceives another country's trading practices to be unfair or when domestic trade unions pressure politicians to make imported goods less attractive to consumers. Trade wars are also a result of a misunderstanding of the widespread benefits of free trade.
For such reasons, we are witnessing a trade war between two superpowers: USA and China. Donald Trump escalated his trade war with Beijing, imposing 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of imports in a move one senior Chinese regulator said "poisoned" the atmosphere for negotiations. China has vowed to retaliate against US tariffs, with state-run media arguing for an aggressive "counterattack." Trump also warned in a statement that if China takes retaliatory action against U.S. farmers or industries, "we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports."
China is reviewing plans to send a delegation to Washington for fresh talks in light of the U.S. decision, citing a government source in Beijing, raising the risk of a prolonged trade battle between the world's largest economies that could hit global growth.
Traité de Lausanne (23/04/1923-24/07/1923)
L’Empire Ottoman fut le dernier des Etats vaincus de la Première Guerre Mondiale à signer un traité avec la Triple-Entente : Le Traité de Sèvres, dont le nombre de ratifications nécessaire n’eût pas été atteint. Les nouvelles discussions eurent place à Lausanne cette fois-ci avec l’Assemblée Nationale d’Ankara. La première session de ces négociations faillit suite au refus de concéder de deux parties sur les sujets bases tels que les capitulations, la situation d’Istanbul et de Mossoul. Le 23 avril 1923, la deuxième session commence à Lausanne suite à l’invitation de la Turquie par la Triple-Entente. Les délégués chercheront maintenant à compromettre et arriver à un accord sur la distribution du territoire ottoman, le droit d’auto-détermination du peuple turc et la souveraineté de l’Etat turc.
When ethnic and political tensions grew in Yugoslavia in the aftermath of the death of Tito in 1980, the Albanian majority in Kosovo demanded to be granted the status of an independent republic while the Serbian authorities suppressed this demand and proceeded to take measures to reduce Kosovo's autonomy. Roughly 10 years later, the end of the Cold War coincided with the end of Yugoslavia, where the ex-Yugoslavian states declared their independence one after the other. Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina were all granted the status of independent sovereign states, whereas the status of Kosovo was left unresolved. After many years of UN efforts in stabilizing the region and working towards resolving the “Kosovo Question”, Kosovo once again issued a declaration of independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008. Since this date, international recognition of Kosovo has been mixed, and the international community continues to be divided on the issue.
-Palestine: Israel is the only Jewish state in the world that was founded in 1948, and is located at the east of the Mediterranean Sea. Palestinians, the Arab population that is living at the region refer to the territory as Palestine, and aims to establish an independent state on all part of the same land.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is over who gets what land and how it's controlled. Though both Jews and Arab Muslims date their claims to the land back a couple thousand years, the current political conflict began in the early 20th century. Jews, running away from the persecution in Europe, wanted to establish an independent national state of their own. That land belonged to the ottomans at first, and then to the British empire. The Arabs, however, refused to give up the land which they saw that was belonged to them, by right.
UN’s plan to divide the land between the two sides had failed, causing several wars to occur over the territory. Today’s borders are largely drawn by these events, one waged in 1948 and another in 1967.
10.30-12.00 Opening Ceremony
12.00-13.00 Mock Session
14.00-15.30 Session I
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-18.00 Session II
18.30 Social Event
09.30-11.00 Session III
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 Session IV
14.30-16.00 Session V
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-18.00 Session VI
21.00 Social Event: HoBo Ortaköy
09.30-11.00 Session VII
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
11.15-12.45 Session VIII
14.00-15.30 Session IX
15.30-17.00 Closing Ceremony