December 15, 2018

Forum

WELCOME TO

THE PIMUN FORUM  

PREMIERE EDITION !

 

 

 

 

PIMUN is adding some panache to its opening day this year! On the morning of May 30th, the first edition The Forum will take place at the Dauphine University in Paris.

This event will introduce a brand new debate framework into the MUN experience, with three debates taking place in a round table setting between a limited number of volunteer delegates and several specialists and professionals working in critical geopolitical domains.

Are you interested in how to divert a global fresh water crisis in the near future? How the New Space economy can help achieve development goals? If the supergiant high-tech firms owning all the data in the world are threatening State sovereignty? In that case, the PIMUN Forumis a place for you!


A HUMAN-SCALE EXPERIENCE

The Forum debates will take place on a much more personnal scale than traditional MUN committees. These round tables are neither international negotiations, nor formal exchanges of solemn speeches. They are dynamic conversations between twenty interlocutors with little procedure and no performance obligation. The participants are free to express their personal views and have none of the national bindings which are inevitable in the committee.


BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Are MUNs professionally rewarding? Sharpening your rhetoric and learning the dynamics of a negotiation is pretty good. But how often do you get to talk with an NGO activist, a satellite industry expert or a Think Tank researcher during a conference? The Forum is an opportunity to bound intellectually and socially with professionals from fascinating geopolitical domains. Let’s add some hard professional value to the MUN experience!


PREPARING INTELLECTUAL MATERIAL FOR THE COMMITTEES

Have you ever felt, at the beginning of a committee, that the negotiations lack a concrete topic of entry? That the debate is desperately lagging as everyone looks for common ground to argue on? Not anymore! You’ve just spent two hours debating with geopolitical and industry experts, be the one to kickstart the talks with a technical and realistic approach and show everyone who’s going to be writing the best resolution draft…



 

TABLE Nº 1 :

The challenges of Water Governance, diverting incoming fresh water crisis in the 21st century. 

Do you realize just how much human economic activities rely on fresh water resources? They gulp pharaonic volumes of it every year, agriculture, industry and energy ahead, including 2.200.000cubic kilometers so far in 2019 alone !

The problem is… We don’t really have that much of it. Hardly 1% of Earth’s water is both fresh and liquid – meaning it’s neither salty nor trapped in the atmosphere and ice caps – and human societies, in their desperate quest for economic growth, are adding pressure to sources that were already intensely disputed and can’t replenish naturally fast enough.

In water-stressed regions, serious military tensions and political crisis are proliferating over the control of critical water resources such as the Lake Chad or the Nile River. International water governance is arguably one of our species’ greatest challenges ahead: can we turn fresh water sources into a mean of cooperation rather than a source of conflict?


TABLE Nº 2 :

The New Space Economy in the service of development goals and developing countries. 

With Superpowers racing to the moon again, weaponizing Earth’s orbits and fighting over satellite launch demand, Space is once again a thriving arena for geopolitical rivalry and economic competition. But things have changed since the Cold War.

In the last decade, technological breakthroughs and policy evolutions triggered what we now call the New Space era. A new kind of private players has invested the industry with business models based on unprecedented economic activities in Space, now it’s all about colonizing Mars, mining asteroids and going on holiday around the Moon!

But what’s in it for those who’re still concerned about saving our good old home planet? Can CubeSats and reusable rockets help achieve our precious Sustainable Development Goals here on Earth? What about nations who’re still struggling to get their people fed and connected, can they benefit from New Space opportunities too?


Table n°3: Is state sovereignty endangered by supergiant high-tech firms?

Keep some for later ! Description and inscription details coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CREDITS 

[1]Icon credit : Light bulb by Gregor Cresnar from Flaticon

[2]Icon credit : Meeting by Jesus Puertas from the Noun Project

[3]Icon credit : Handshake by Anton Kovalev from the Noun Project

[4] http://www.worldometers.info/water/

[5]Icon credit : Drop silouhette by www.flaticon.com

[6]Icon credit : Radio control by www.flaticon.com

[7]Icon credit : Global network by Mahmure Alp from the Noun Project