This year’s theme of GrunnMUN 2014 Pursuing Perpetual Peace – Dimensions of Intervention relates to interventions as an all-encompassing action. This year the conference will be held on Thursday the 6th of March 2014.
The United Nations was founded upon the idea that conflicts ought to be resolved by peaceful means and diplomacy instead of the use violence. Today the UN has evolved into an organization far beyond the spheres of conflict prevention, peace keeping and conflict resolution. The UN has extended its institutions, expertise and obligations that encompass a broad spectrum of policy fields. One of the instruments to reach global solutions is international intervention in state affairs. International intervention can take many forms relating to a multitude of policy areas, including political, economic, diplomatic, humanitarian, and military interventions. However the right to intervene is problematic and heavily debated. Furthermore, in an interrelated, complex international system, states are increasingly confronted with the consequences of globalization. An international intervention might be effective but can set in motion a domino-effect, effecting more than one state. Can intervention in a sovereign state be justified? Who has the right to intervene? What is the role of the UN as international institution? What are the effects of intervention in a transnational and international perspective? What are the obligations of states to find global solutions and to pursue peace?
Dimensions of Intervention implies diversity in perspectives and levels of intervention in the broadest sense. We believe these perspectives and dimensions need to be evaluated to find new solutions to the problems of intervention.