The Head President for the Historical council is Evie
The Co-Chair is Hannah
This year we have decided to introduce historical council to MUNHIGH for the first time. I hope that you are all as excited as I am to take part in this new chapter for MUNHIGH and engage in debate of topics which have had a profound impact on today’s world. As our conference theme is humanity, it is important to reflect back on humanity’s past events in order to move forward into a more tolerant and peaceful world.
One topic that we are debating is the Korean war. The Korean war has technically never ended as no formal peace treaty was signed, meaning that the Korean peninsula has been in a conflict lasting about 70 years. This war split Korea into 2 ideologically different countries – the communist North and the capitalist South; a country once united had turned into 2 countries very far apart. This war, one could argue, was dominated by foreign powers who had the promotion of their ideology as a priority rather than the safety of the Korean people. This leads to one important question – was it right for the UN to intervene on the side of the South when citizens were in danger on both sides? Of course there are no correct answers to solving this conflict as Korea is still split but what stance has your country taken on the issue?
The other topic we are debating is the issue of apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid came to an end in the early 1990s but it took decades of protests and arrests to overturn legislation which split South Africa by race for the majority of the 20th century. The international community, whilst not directly involved, did try to boycott South Africa due to this but not much else was done by individual foreign powers. The UN denounced apartheid in the 1970s, as well as imposing an embargo on the sale of arms but it still took nearly 20 years to fully desegregate after this. Should the UN have done more to put pressure on South Africa or acted sooner? This topic also explores the role of the UN as a whole and whether or not they have fulfilled their role of protecting peace worldwide.
Of course we have the benefit of a 21st century perspective here. We have seen how these events have both impacted modern life and how things could have been different if another course of action had been taken. In this debate we turn back time and it is up to you to suggest new ways of how these problems could have been solved and how the UN could play a positive role in this. I am looking forward to seeing you there, even if it is over Zoom!
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