UNITED NATIONS SPACE COUNCIL, 2024
CRISIS MANAGER: HENRY WESTERMAN
CHAIR: CHRIS GYRA
approximate committee size: 32 (double delegation)
The year is 2024. In the past decade, a new space race has taken off that has redefined the possible and sparked excitement and anticipation around the globe. With the success of the Artemis missions, NASA has established its Lunar Gateway on schedule, allowing for sustained American presence on the moon and beyond. But NASA is joined in its scientific competition by national space organizations around the world, including China, Russia, the EU, and Israel. All the same, perhaps the most exciting developments have come from the private sector. Alongside the International Space Station, the first private space station has recently been launched into orbit by Axiom, raising the human population off-Earth above 100 for the first time in history. And, most momentous of all, SpaceX shocked the world by sending art curator Yusaku Maezawa on the first manned flyby of Mars. After Maezawa returned safely to earth, the UN immediately moved to convene a council of leading experts from around the world to discuss what regulations and norms should shape the future of 21st century space flight. Their urgency is heightened, too, by the recent establishment of Space Forces by many militaries around the world, including those of the United States, Russia, and China.
What future does humankind imagine for itself in outer space? And who will determine our path into the stars? The UN Space Council, consisting of leaders in civil, military, and private spaceflight from around the world, seeks answers to such questions. Figures as varied as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, ESA Director Johann-Dietrich Wörner, and Central Military Commission of China Chairman Xi Jinping, will gather to discuss a replacement to the now-defunct 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (Outer Space Treaty) And they certainly have much to consider. How will the private space industry be governed? Who can be allowed to settle new planets and celestial bodies? How can the global community prevent war in space? Outer space offers humankind opportunities beyond our wildest dreams. But such dreams will be impossible to seek if humankind remains divided. Will we be a multi-planetary species within a generation? Or will opportunism divide us like never before? Needless to say, the universe will never be the same.
background guide coming soon
NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for the United Nations Space Council are as follows. Delegates will:
Gain an in-depth understanding of the current state and possible future of spaceflight, from a commercial, political, military, and scientific perspective
Hone their diplomatic skills by handling negotiations between public, private, and military groups
Imagine an interplanetary future for the human race for the benefit of all, or some
About the Chair
Christopher is a Global Business Fellow in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service's Class of 2021, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (Security concentration), and minoring in Chinese. While hailing originally from Massachusetts, he spent most of his life abroad living in London, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Since arriving at the Hilltop, Christopher has been heavily involved in Georgetown’s International Relations Association (GIRA). In addition to serving as Chief Operating Officer, he has served as the Director of Marketing for NAIMUN, a staffer for NCSC, NAIMUN, and NAIMUN-China, and a delegate for GU’s Model UN team. Outside of the Model UN, Christopher is a Carroll Fellow that enjoys working shifts at The Corp, researching China’s Belt Road Initiative as a research assistant, and competing with the GU Ultimate Frisbee Team. In his rare free time, he can be found trading cryptocurrencies, rock climbing, and/or feasting on Insomnia cookies.
About the Crisis Manager
Henry Westerman is a member of the Class of 2021 in the School of Foreign Service studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Security, though anyone who has ever met him will tell you that he should be an International History major. Yet, the only topic that excites him more than history (and by this he means "any period before gunpowder ruined everything") is outer space. He has always had a passion for all things astronomical, but since coming to Georgetown his focus has shifted to commercial space and space security specifically. After serving as the Deputy Under-Secretary-General of Councils, Boards, and Courts at NAIMUN LVI, Henry was inspired to create a committee based on the model of last year's highly successful Council AI 2020 committee, as a way to channel his love for space and MUN. Outside of Model UN, Henry is the Historian for the Georgetown University Student Association and is a consultant at the Georgetown Writing Center. Henry is immensely excited to imagine a spacefaring future for humanity alongside his comrade Chris this year at NAIMUN LVII, and he can't wait to see what the committee will create!