The fourth edition of URUMUN will take place on Friday the 7th of June 2019 and will be hosted in one of the most vibrant cities of the Netherlands: Utrecht.
URUMUN is a yearly Model United Nations simulation organized by Urios, the Utrecht study association for international and European Law. The theme of this years’ conference will be: Yemen – Ending the conflict. The conference will focus on the ongoing conflict in Yemen and possible solutions to end it.
URUMUN 2019 offers two different committees: the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council (from beginner to advanced). Next to the MUN part, URUMUN 2019 also includes interesting speakers, a lunch and dinner. We will end the day with drinks at a pub! Are you up for a day full of debating and a lot of fun? Then keep a close eye on our website and social media, because more information will follow and the delegate applications will open soon (the chair applications are already open)!
The Secretariat is looking forward to welcoming you in Utrecht at the 7th of June 2019!
Yemen – Ending the conflict
The main theme of URUMUN 2019 revolves around a serious challenge of the 21st century, which has not gained as much attention as similar conflicts in the world until recently: the Yemeni civil war. The unfortunate aftermath of the Arab Spring has had detrimental consequences in this country. It has rendered Yemen, one of the oldest centres of civilization in the Near East, into a zone of conflict and destruction.
The Yemeni civil war is an ongoing conflict that started in 2015 between two sides: the internationally recognised Yemeni government, led by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, and the Houthi armed movement along with their supporters and allies. Both sides claim to be the official government of Yemen. The Yemeni civil war is considered by many as part of the Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy war, which is meant to destabilise Iran and reduce Iran’s influence in the region.
As a consequence of the conflict, as many of 20 million people in Yemen – 70% of the population – are food insecure. Up to 10 million Yemenis are facing famine. This famine could become the worst famine seen anywhere in the world in 100 years. Estimates show that around 50.000 Yemenis died as a result of the ongoing famine. Several sources, including the UN, state that from March 2015 until December 2017 between 8.670-13.600 people have been killed in the hostilities, of which 5.200 were civilians.
The international community has sharply condemned the actions of certain parties in this civil war. The question is whether the UN is able to overcome the challenges this conflict poses and if its Member States will be able to live up to their name of civilized nations having the cognitive functions to set up entire systems to alleviate suffering and the agency to become ready to tackle any non-state or allegedly state-sponsored attacks?
This conference will discuss possible solutions to this grave political and humanitarian question striving for a diplomatic solution to the conflict. So hopefully Yemen can get the chance to become the beautiful bourgeoning country as it was before.