Our Patron: Olaf Scholz - First Mayor of Hamburg

Our Patron: Olaf Scholz - First Mayor of Hamburg

"Hamburg is happy to promote the development of political consciousness through this conference, for we need committed young citizens who help to shape the future of our society with their ideas."

Our patron First Mayor Olaf Scholz in his letter of support.

The Future We Want

Finding Ways into an Equal, Sustainable and Just Tomorrow

Thinking about the future we want may seem a tremendous task, finding ways to solve all the problems and difficulties coming to our minds while wondering about how we want the world to become may seem even more difficult, impossible even at times. But there is one thing we have to keep in mind. As one of the most famous and honored persons – Nelson Mandela once said: ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’
In the coming years, the decisions we make will be crucial: Scientists predict that the way we exploit and treat the earth cannot go on forever. While politicians debate about how to solve these conflicts, most still have their national interests at heart and many cooperations just keep on going as long as they can, still trading short-time profit for long-term sustainability. It is up to our generation to step up our game for a world without unsustainable production chains, human rights violations and civil wars. This year the HamMUN therefore aims to have a look at the ‘bigger picture’ trying to integrate the main topics related to a bright new future.
So to quote Nelson Mandela once again: ‘Let us stand together to make of our world a sustainable source for our future as humanity on this planet.’

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Environment and Resources
Global Compact | UNEP | ECOSOCC

The global growth of population leads to exponential growth of consumption, waste, pollution and the increasing need for energy and resources in general. However, resources on planet earth are limited and far from being distributed equally. The world’s riches often benefit only a part of the population. Their increasing exploitation also leads to deforestation, extinction of species or desertification. These problems also create new conflicts or renew old ones - and there are already conflicts brewing, for example due to lack of fresh water supply in some regions on earth, mainly in the African region.

Globalization
Council of the EU | Non-Aligned-Movement

Globalization affects the whole world - with its positive and negative consequences. Those days we rather seem to live in a global village, we connect, travel and trade faster than ever. But globalization also brings along the problems of financial breakdowns affecting the world as a whole or - especially between more and less developed countries - inequalities and imbalances that seem to rise. The prosperity of the developed nations is mostly bought by means of corruption, exploitation and modern slavery. Many goods we use are created from child labor, impoverished workers or under inhumane conditions. As mankind trods into the future, it will be up to our generation to decide between equality for all or just a rich elite and a disenfranchised new lower class.

World Development
General Assembly First | ASEAN | East Asia Summit

The world we were born in is greatly divided in terms of development. Development is by no means equal and trying to close the gap between rich and poor, developed and underdeveloped is an important matter. In many parts of the world, people still face diseases, hunger and poverty. In many areas humans have to suffer from inequity, deprivation and a heavily polluted environment. If mankind is to live in harmony, the basic needs of the world’s inhabitants must first be taken into consideration and attended to.

Social Transformation
EU-Parliament | Human Rights Council

During the last decades, the world has changed immensely. Human Rights are now a fundamental concern of the world community. Each and every person on earth has the right to be respected no matter what his or her origin, ethnic background, religious believes or sexual orientation may be. However, in some countries there is still a lot of work to be done before this ideal will be achieved, in some other countries these rights are not granted at all. This also means taking a look at demographic changes, international migration and the changing cultures around the world.

Peace and Security
Security Council | NATO | Security Council Crisis  | USNSC Crisis | PSC Crisis

While some nations on the world live in peace and prosperity, they often do so at the expense of other people, nations or whole continents. In many parts of the world there are still slavery, exploitation or oppression and a lot of people still live in fear of war and conflict. New conflicts may are also looming on the horizon due to the decreasing amount of resources, as a result of climate related disasters or migration. Especially the reckless consumption of fossil fuels endangers the future of mankind, as there is no telling how the world will change when these resources run out. In this globalized age, these issues need to be solved by the international community and are no longer the concern of a single nation.

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