Committee Name: Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
Organ: General Assemblies
Undersecretary-General: Claudia Alonso
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Bilva Chandra
Chair: Naba Rahman
Topic A: Pluralizing Communication
Topic B: Right to Self Determination
Access the Topic Abstract for this committee here.
A Letter from the Chair
Welcome to the Non-Aligned Movement Conference. I am honored to be serving as your chair, and along with the rest of the dias, we look forward to welcoming you to DC in February. I am very excited about this committee, the likes of which I have not seen on the circuit. For one of the first times, there is a dialogue dedicated to specifically developing countries, who face different issues than more developed countries. Access to internet capabilities, established physical infrastructure, the political leverage needed to implement their respective agendas are barred from these countries. Rather than fighting the system, the goal is to navigate given the status quo.
The two topics this iteration of the conference will be focusing on are “Pluralized Communication” and the “Right to Self-Determination”. Firstly, much of the problem regarding media and communication initiatives of the modern era is that is often dominated by Western ideologies. Western definitions of democracy, sovereignty, language, religion are often times imposed upon countries that find themselves in this coalition, developing countries. The problem arises that because of Western ideals imposing themselves upon Eastern ones, groups often times find themselves alienated. This lack of access becomes the foundation upon which pent-up tension fuels conflict in these regions. This committee is tasked with protecting the various voices in a country from being trounced by the international dialogue, as well as stronger voices within their own borders. Secondly, much of the aftermath of the Cold War, as well as the World Wars, was the establishment of borders by Western powers who came out victors of the conflict. Often times, borders were established, standing negligent of the intricacies of the various ethnic and religious interactions in the region. This has led to a half century of racially-fueled conflicts and massive movements of people. This committee will be finding a common ground on this divisive issue.
I look forward to hearing your ideas on these topics and more. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.
Chair, Non-Aligned Movement