Yernur Niyetkaliyev (Head of Chairs)
I'm Yernur, 1st Year Politics and Anthropology student at University of Birmingham, and your UBIMUN 2019 Head of Chairs. My primary duty is to make sure that your experience as a delegate is one of high quality, but also fun and memorable, with aid from our team of chairs: all fellow students.
Although I've attended 10 conferences in total, including, most recently, NottsMUN 2018, my chairing experience is limited to UOB MUN Society's weekly meetings. I'm highly excited at the prospect of chairing at a conference!
Remi will be chairing Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) Committee and are looking forward to getting to know all of you and your diplomatic skills.
Give it your best go and the weekend will give back!
Ayaan Shehryar (UNEP)
Hello delegates! I am Ayaan Shehryar and i am travelling all the way from Pakistan for UBIMUN2019.I am priviliged to see you guys debate and present your resolutions in the committee. Couple of advices from my side will be that:
1) Stick to your stances.
2) Debate while remaining confident.
3) Use diplomacy card.
Hope to see you guys there on 8th March.
Charlie Millington (UNSC)
Hello Delegates! I’m Charlie and I’ll be your co-chair for this year’s UBIMUN UNSC. From Manchester, I am a second-year Political Science and International Relations student here at Birmingham. I will also complete an exchange at Sciences Po, Paris next year. Thank you for expressing an interest in the joining the Council.
My current academic interests surround International Security, Geopolitics, and Political Behaviour. I am hoping to complete a dissertation on Foreign Policy Analysis come my final year. On the side, I have a passion for indie music, football, and philosophy.
Although this is my first time chairing an MUN Committee (yes, you may blame me for all that goes wrong!), I am excited by the opportunity to, not only meet you all, but to debate the fundamental force shaping today’s societies: security. In both of our topics, we will encounter the general problem of what it is to be secure, be that from the greedy war-mongering state, or to simply have enough to live on.
As students, insecurity is all around us: that Instagram post whose likes you’re fretting over, dipping into that overdraft to get that cocktail you know you can’t afford, and not being so sure that text you just sent went down so well. We’ve all been there.
Somewhat more important however, is that today’s international system is multipolar. Since the dawn of the millennium, there has been talk of ‘rising powers’, ‘rogue states’, and ‘nuclear holocaust’. These are all factors that play into a securitised world that is increasingly difficult to understand. Despite the mass of information we have at our fingertips, we still feel great uncertainty about the world; be that about the happenings in Kashmir, or about the family across the street. Ultimately, the world we live in a world that is more insecure and more unsafe.
Indicative of is are the many emerging security challenges that the UN must adapt to. A quick Google of energy relations in Central Asia, mineral politics in the Congo, or even water disputes in North Africa are will tell you all you need to know about conflicts that will arise in the near future.
The theme of this MUN is re-asserting multilateralism. It is with this attitude of consensus-building that the UNSC can make millions across the world feel better off, less scared, and fundamentally more secure.
Thank you for your interest in the Council and I hope to see you very soon.
Shertam Banansprit (Special Committee for Gender Equality)
Shertam is a psychology student at University College London. Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, Shertam started her MUN career at the age of 13 where she served as a member of the secretariat, delegate, and chair at multiple conferences including the Harvard Model Congress. Shertam is passionate about equalising opportunities for low-income students. Shertam previously served an internship in the Detention Center Bangkok where she witness the issue of lacking a robust policy and intervention to reduce recidivism. Outside school, she is a career coach for students in the low performing school, a volunteer English teacher at Wat Kalayanamit School in Thailand, and a committee member of the Tedx club. Shertam is delighted to return to her MUN career by chairing at UBIMUN and looks forward to facilitating a fruitful debate in the Gender committee.