"Promoting Mutual Understanding Among Nations"
Indonesia Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS) is a nonprofit youth organization engaging in international studies. ISAFIS has been serving since 1984 and was awarded “Peace Messenger Award “back in 1987 by the United Nations.
ISAFIS is one of the youth organizations in Indonesia which became part of the United Nations through its involvement as the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI), the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC), and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).
As a youth organization that has gained international recognition, ISAFIS also has maintained partnerships with various partners of international organizations such as the International Week Coordinating Organization (IWCO) and the International Student Conference (ISC).
ISAFIS’ mission is to encourage mutual understanding between nations as well as participate in the development efforts of international studies in Indonesia by youth. Efforts to encourage understanding between nations are expected to help create world peace.
Jakarta Model United Nations
"The Biggest Model United Nations in Indonesia"
Jakarta Model United Nations (JMUN) is the biggest International Model United Nations (MUN) in Indonesia which first-ever held in the capital city of Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta, by ISAFIS (Indonesian Students Association for International Studies) in 2011.
JMUN offers an opportunity to experience the challenges of international negotiation and diplomacy. In JMUN, participants will act as a diplomat from the particular country then discuss international issues like the process that occurs at a UN conference.
Throughout the conference, delegates will gain insight into the workings of the United Nations by actively participating in the resolution of important global issues.
The first edition of the Jakarta MUN was held in 2011. Jakarta MUN 2011 successfully attracted more than 300 delegates ranging from local universities to foreign universities. Jakarta MUN 2011 has marked a new era for MUN in Indonesia. Since then, Jakarta MUN is held annually.
Six former Jakarta MUN which were held in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 have successfully brought changes for youth in spreading the ideas and values of diplomacy as well as developing knowledge of the issues. This has made Jakarta MUN as an international phenomenon. Jakarta MUN itself has many programs besides the conferences, such as social events and supporting events.
Jakarta MUN participants do not only come from big cities in Indonesia, but also from various countries like USA, UK, India, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Philippines, Thailand, Ghana and many more.
Jakarta Model United Nations 2017
"Towards Sustainable Future: Eradicating Inequality and Securing Global Threats"
Jakarta Model United Nations 2017 aims for raising awareness of youths in facing the inequality on several factors such as humanity, politic, and economic that could leads to global threats.
These challenges vary from poverty, discrimination, terrorism, nuclear, to global warming, cyber crrime, and aging population. Accordingly, the participants will realize that strengthening cooperation among nations and actors involved is fundamental in facing the challenges that have now become the common threat to civilization.
The motivation of choosing “Towards Sustainable Future: Eradicating Inequality and Securing Global Threats” as the grand theme of JMUN 2017 is to encourage the participants to explore the characteristics and dynamics of international politics, also in accordance to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
Presumably, during the process, the participants will learn that cooperation is one of the key elements in facing the challenges that poses global threats and together engrave history.
This year’s Jakarta Model United Nations (JMUN) will be held on 26-30 July 2017!
Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN)
Founded as a standing committee of the General Assembly by the UN Charter of 26 June 1945, Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) is purposed to “promote international co-operation in the economic field”. Known also as the Second Committee, it works under the United Nations for issues relating to economic growth and sustainable development such as international trade, international financial system, external debt sustainability, human settlements, financing for development, eradication of poverty, agriculture development, and technologies for development, Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as well as Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs).
Though resolutions adopted by the committee are not enforceable, they carry the weight of the international community’s will. The GA also has the power to convene an emergency special session and act to ensure peace security. In ECOFIN, each of the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly has one vote, giving an equal voice to each sovereign entity, large or small, developed or developing. Despite the lack of monetary leverage, given the weight behind each resolution, decisions made in this forum dictate the policies of other more active organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
Legal Committee or known as the VI General Assembly works under the United Nations to give recommendation towards legal procedure that will take into consideration by legally binding instrument of United Nations, such as, United Nations Security Council, International Court of Justice, or the International Criminal Court who has close relationship to the Security Council and United Nations itself.
The 13th article of the UN Charter affirms that the “General Assembly shall initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of: […] encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification”. This specific provision has been interpreted in the authorization to elaborate new treaties on the broadest range of issues, substantially adopt them, and to recommend them to States for signature, ratification, and accession. Normally, international law-making consultations take place in a variety of specialized bodies of the UN, depending on the subject-matter, however the negotiations related to general international law are mostly held in the Legal Committee.
The outcome of the Legal Committee, even though is just a recommendation and not a legally binding resolution, will then be submitted to the GA Plenary for its final adoption. It also plays a significant role of standard setting and the codification of international law, thus, if any member state feels the outcome fits, they may bring the recommendation and codified them as their national law.
World Humanitarian Summit
One Humanity, Shared Responsibility
The Former United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, convened the first ever World Humanitarian Summit to establish commitments around the world, to reduce people’s sufferings and to bring sanctuaries for people to commemorate the 70-years history of United Nations. The first Summit took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016 and gathered 9,000 participants from around the world to support a new Agenda for Humanity and take actions to alleviate miseries. The Summit generated more than 3000 commitments to action and launched more than a dozen new partnerships and initiatives to turn the Agenda for Humanity into meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people. These results are presented on the Platform for Action, Commitments and Transformation (PACT).
There are five core responsibilities under the Agenda, which are:
Jakarta Model UN 2017 will iterate the second Summit of World Humanitarian Summit where, in cooperation with UNOCHA, will generate ideas on a narrower scope of discussion to produce practical solutions and address the criticism on the Summit.
UN Commission on the Status of Women
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the fundamental global policy-making body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women under the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 11(II)/1946. As a functional commission it works through identifying challenges, setting global standards and formulating concrete policies in political, economic, civil, social, and educational fields for women. Furthermore, it also leads the role in monitoring the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Commission has forty-five members, divided between the UN regional groups. Members are elected for a period of four years. In addition to that, many non-governmental organizations may as well participate within the Commission. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up. UN Women supports all aspects of the Commission’s work.
United Nations Security Council
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was created as one of the most paramount organs of the United Nations (UN) from the UN Charter in 1945. With 5 permanent members and 10 rotating members, its establishment and nature is enshrined in Chapter V of the United Nations Charter, while Chapters VI, VII, VII and XII all contain provisions pertaining the powers of the Security Council
The Council has a primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, which means that it convenes whenever peace is threatened. All members of the UN have to agree and carry out the decision of the UNSC and that only the UNSC has the legal power to enforce decisions made to all member states. The Council is also empowered to enforce economic sanctions, arms embargoes, financial restrictions, severance of diplomatic relations or even collective military action.
As of now, UNSC Permanent Members (P5) are; French Republic, People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, and United States of America. Whereas its Non-Permanent Members are; Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
International Court of Justice
Began with the Hague Conference in 1897 and 1907, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established as a principal organ of the United Nations by Article 7 of the United Nations (UN) Charter and constituted as the principal judicial organ of the organization in Article. 92 of the Charter.
The main function of the Court is to achieve peaceful resolution of disputes submitted by sovereign member states in accordance with international law. The Court also provides advisory opinions on questions of law submitted by any organ of the United Nations duly authorized by the United Nations General Assembly.
The International Court of Justice consists of 15 judges each with 9 years renewable terms in office. Five of these judges come from the Western part of the world, three from Africa, three from Asia, two from Latin America, and two from Eastern Europe
The Media has the tasks to keeping every citizen and policy maker informed on what is happening around them and around the world. As the essence of information transfer, it is the job of the reporters to write articles to inform people on what is actually going on, be it conflicts, financial meltdown, abuse on women, or the newest humanitarian policies in a country.
At Jakarta Model UN 2017, Press Corps takes on those tasks and publishes our results in the JMUN Chronicle. As reporters, it will be your job to find the stories and share them with fellow delegates-who may not be aware of what is going on in other committees through various vessels and writings.
United Nations Panel of Expert
The United Nations needs its experts to guide countries with comprehensive insights and detailed explanation of certain issues and cases which vary depending on the topics. In Jakarta Model UN 2017, The Panel of Experts, initially consisting of seven experts, acts under the direction of the Crisis and its development. Further, it assists the Committee in carrying out its mandate and modified in subsequent resolutions, gather, examine and analyze information from States, relevant United Nations bodies, and other interested parties regarding the implementation of the measures, make recommendations on actions the Council, or other States to improve implementation of the relevant measures, and provide to the Secretariat an interim report and a final report with its findings and recommendations.