Petter Wittig

Peter Wittig

"Sustainability is well chosen as the key topic of HamMUN 2013. Many of the world's biggest challenges - armed conflicts, climate change, terrorism or unsustainable growth - can only be solved through close international cooperation."

Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, Peter Wittig, in his letter of support.

Taking Sustainability Seriously

Resolutions for Environmental Balance, Peace, and Social Justice

Civilization’s central challenge today is to ensure that rapid globalization becomes a positive force for all peoples of present and future generations. Yet, the continuous striving for material welfare is threatening environmental systems as well as the supply of natural resources. Humanity’s demographic and economic growth on a limited planet has devastating impacts: it creates global inequities, conflicts over scarce resources and territorial insecurity. Our awareness has already been raised for a need of a radical, transformative shift– but effective political commitment needs to be renewed. In order to find and write forceful resolutions on sustainability, this conference will focus on five mutually dependent dimensions of sustainable development. To shape this debate, the specialized bodies simulated will link the following key elements:

Environment and Resources
Global Compact | UN Environment Programme
Growth of population, consumption, production, energy and resource use, waste and pollution have come at the cost of unprecedented use of natural resources and ecological devastation. Forest decline, species extinction, ocean acidification and climate destabilization threaten the world’s eco-systems and lead to global conflicts and concurrence. The committees in this cluster will debate on future energy strategies, fishing, water management and more.
Council of the EU | Non-Aligned-Movement
Rising inequalities and imbalances associated with the present path of globalization risk the breakdown of the financial and ecological system. Sustainable development involves an equitable and inclusive economy, based on sustainable patterns of production and consumption. The committees will tackle today’s non-sustainable macroeconomic policies - with respect to global justice, financial stability, employment, reduction of poverty, low-carbon as well as resource-and waste-efficient economic growth.
World Development
General Assembly | ASEAN | East Asia Summit
Today’s world - more developed than ever before- is still facing widespread hunger and poverty. Environmental stress, inequity, exclusion and deprivation still prevail. The committees in this cluster will search for ways to improve international co-operations to eradicate hunger and malnutrition and address all essential areas of world development, namely health, poverty, and sustainable development of societies and economies.
Social Transformation
EU-Parliament | Human Rights Council
Ensuring people’s basic rights, including universal access to quality health and education services, is vital for inclusive social development. Different cultures and values, ethics and religion build the foundation for diverse world views and direct the path of global development. New social development issues arise - related to demographic change, crime prevention, criminal justice and international drug control. These bodies will focus on the examination of human rights questions and the promotion of fundamental freedoms.
Peace and Security
Security Council | Security Council Crisis | NATO | NATO Crisis
Resource conflicts are among today’s greatest security risks and becoming a focus of international peacekeeping. Extreme weather conditions, price increases and food scarcity lead to competition, instability, migration flows, and finally to violent domestic and international conflicts. These committees have to acknowledge the linkages between sustainable development and security issues in order to resolve conflicts and prevent wars before they occur.
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