The Theme of TEIMUN 2021 Online: Cooperation in Times of Crisis
We are living in unprecedented times. Economies are shut down, communities are shut off, and Covid-19 infection rates march forward at an unrelenting pace. As the world eagerly awaits a (hopefully near) end to the pandemic, it is vital that we do not neglect the many other crises we face.
UN agencies have been leading the fight against environmental, economic, health, humanitarian, and security crises around the globe, enabling cooperation beyond borders. The Security Council conducts peacekeeping at a global scale, the UNFCCC provides a crucial framework for combatting the climate crisis, UN Women strives to empower women and girls worldwide, and the Legal Council ensures that international law is created and codified.
Other organizations do not sit idle. NATO promotes democratic values and enables its members to cooperate on defence and security-related issues, while the European Council brings together the Heads of State or Government of EU member states in order to discuss matters related to the Union’s executive branch.
But crisis implies urgency and intergovernmental organisations face great challenges in rendering swift and unanimous decision. So, how do we build effective capacities for crisis management at the international level? How do we remain calm in the face of a crisis, without downplaying its severity? And how do we make sure that international responses are not co-opted by national interests?
We are going through the greatest global crisis since the Second World War and, like then, the only thing that will redeem humankind is cooperation. Join us at TEIMUN 2021, where we explore the role of international organisations in facilitating this cooperation.