AFRICAN UNION

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Western Sahara

TOPIC B: Electoral Fraud

Bradley Smith

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the African Union at ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Bradley, and it is my distinct pleasure to be your chair for what is sure to be four crazy days of spirited debate, clause writing, merging drama, and new friendships. The secretariat and staff have been working tirelessly to make this iteration of ILMUNC the best yet, so I hope that you are as excited for the weekend of January 25th as I am.

To tell you a little bit about myself, I’m originally from Southern California’s Huntington Beach. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania under the Wharton School, concentrating in Finance and Marketing. 2018 will be mark my 7th year as a Model UN delegate, advisor, and chair traveling to conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Outside of MUN, I really enjoy photography, being a foodie, and exploring new places.

This year, the secretariat and the dais have worked together to select compelling topics for your consideration as the committee’s agenda. This will be my fourth time involved in the African Union in a Model UN conference. Topic A addresses the pressing issue of the prolonged conflict in the Western Sahara. Any resolution passed on this topic will have broader implications for determining the rightful governments of states in civil conflicts. Topic B considers the implications of electoral fraud on governmental systems, the economy, and society. Delegates must address a broad range of legal and political issues related to the modern-day manifestation of the principle of self-determination. In addition to reading the background guide, I highly encourage you to conduct your own supplemental research to build novel yet still feasible solutions on a foundation of historical precedent. My hope is that all of you will research further than you have ever researched so that you may reach your full MUN potentials. I’m looking for solutions that are so innovative and original, you could send them to the UN right after the conference.

If you have any questions or concerns before conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Under-Secretary General, Megan, or to AJ and myself. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you in November!

Sincerely,

Bradley Smith

Chair, African Union
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

AJ Lahouaoula

Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the African Union at ILMUNC 34! My name is AJ Lahouaoula, and it is my absolute pleasure to be serving as your Moderator for this weekend. This will be my second time staffing ILMUNC, and I am just as excited for what I know will be an incredible weekend of debate and fun!

To give you some background about myself: I am a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Economics and International Relations. I’m a huge public policy nerd, so I do my best to take as many policy-related courses, despite no formal program at Penn. I started Model UN back in my first year of high school in Vancouver, Canada (fyi: west coast best coast). Since then, I have totally been hooked – from delegating to staffing to hosting conferences, the debate and the people have always kept me coming back for more. Five years later, I am currently a member of Penn’s Model UN team and I’ve loved every moment of it.

Beyond Model UN, I spend my free time being a huge foodie, baking pastries and desserts, and addictively watching the Food Network. I also love just about anything automobile-related, and I’m a newbie Formula One fan.

Bradley and I are super excited to have the opportunity to staff the African Union, and we have been working hard with the Secretariat team to create an amazing experience for our delegates. We’re committed to making sure the debate is both unique and exciting, as we present you with seldom discussed yet pressing issues to members of the African community. Whether you are a first-time delegate or you’re a seasoned veteran, our committee will be sure to offer you an unforgettable learning experience.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to either Bradley or myself if you have any questions about topics or the committee itself. Have fun researching, and I can’t wait to meet you all soon!

Warm regards,

AJ Lahouaoula

Moderator, African Union
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference