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BUHMUN VI Conference Theme

In 2022, BUHMUN will be centred around Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life Under the Water. The oceans are our planet’s life support; they regulate the global climate system; they are the world’s largest ecosystem, home to nearly a million known species, and contain vast untapped potential for scientific discovery. Nevertheless, despite the critical importance of conserving oceans, decades of irresponsible exploitation have led to an alarming level of degradation.

Committee rooms

The BUHMUN committee system is designed to accommodate both individual delegates and team delegations. A Team delegation will represent the same country over all five committees. Each delegate is expected to submit a position paper addressing the committee topic to be eligible for any BUHMUN award.

BUHMUN VI’s topics for committees 1-4 are derived from the 2019 Note by the Secretary-General: Preparatory process of the 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Committee One – Addressing marine pollution (Target 14.1)

14.1 By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.

Committee Two – Managing, protecting, conserving, and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems (Target 14.2 and 14.5)

14.2 By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration to achieve healthy and productive oceans

Committee Three – Making fisheries sustainable and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets (Targets 14.4, 14.6 and 14. b)

14.4 By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implemented science-based management plans, to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least two levels can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics.

14.6 By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation

14.B Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

Committee Four – Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law (Target 14. c)

14.C Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want

Committee for the UNHCR – Climate Change & Displacement

Climate change is the defining crisis of our time. Its impacts are disproportionately experienced by people in vulnerable situations, such as those fleeing war and persecution. In 2020 alone, over 30 million displacements were triggered by environmental disasters. Most displaced people remain within the borders of their home country. Research suggests that without proper response measures, climate change could cause more than 200 million people to be internally displaced by 2050.

The final resolution for this Committee shall be submitted to the United Nations High Commission for refugees. To ensure the highest calibre of debate, delegates within this committee room can self-nominate or be nominated by their school. The BUHMUN Secretary-General will then invite qualified persons to the Committee.

The Newsroom

Under the banner of BUHMUN, journalism, 20 high school students will be able to take on the role of journalist for the conference duration. Within the Newsroom, students will be assigned to cover the BUHMUN ceremonies, plenary sessions, and meeting rooms. The news produced by BUHMUN journalists will be shared online and distributed during the conference.

After BUHMUN, a collection of the news will be drafted into a digital newsletter to be made available through the BUHMUN website.

Sustainable Development Targets

BUHMUN rules of procedure

The BUHMUN Conference has adopted the UN4MUN Rules of Procedure. All delegates will follow these Rules of Procedure, which will be explained within the Delegation Packs sent to students after registration.