General Assembly A
On behalf of the General Assembly, my chairs, Nada Hosny and Reem El Haddad, and I wholeheartedly welcome you to the 23rd Annual Session of the American International School Model United Nations. Delegates, all your lives you've been working to ameliorate yourselves at many levels as individuals to meet the societal expectations placed for you and achieve the aspirations you have placed for yourselves; however, the time has come for you to serve the world. Henry Ford once said, "To do more for the world than the world does for you - that is success."
In the General Assembly, the largest UN organ, all nations are represented in order to develop an internationally comprehensive mindset on international issues and to find ways to confront problems and seek the most viable solutions. In this forum, we will be discussing three issues, and those are briefly explained below. However, please refer to the Research Packet for more information and delegates are encouraged to not limit themselves to what I've provided them with. Delegates are expected to research their countries' stances on all issues and critically formulate feasible solutions to face those issues that have been threatening our world for many years.
You must never forget that "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." –Albert Pike
Issue #1: The question of combatting bioterrorism
The first issue is the question of combatting bioterrorism. Bioterrorism is terrorism that involves the deliberate release of toxic biological agents such as diseases, toxins, and viruses by non-national groups as an attack to ravage and intimidate a country. This issue has been present for centuries but has not been rampantly growing until recently. Delegates are expected to find ways to ensure the safety of innocent civilians from such a destructive weapon.
Issue #2: Eradicating food shortages worldwide
Food shortage has been a disturbing issue for many decades. Millions of people in different areas of the world face hunger. This problem is one of the most prevalent in our modern world; people in many countries such as Somalia are so poor to the extent that they can't afford a basic necessity such as food. Hunger usually strikes at the developing countries as their economies are weak and they are financially incapable of supporting themselves. Delegates are expected to find short-term solutions to reach those people who are currently in hunger, but more importantly long term solutions that would help governments reach their own citizens and provide them with such a basic need. Our aim is to eradicate hunger and, I believe, it is in the delegates' capability to do so.
Issue #3: The question of resolving the disputes between Somalia's Al Shabaab and Kenya
Al Shabaab, a Somalian Islamist group, has threatened to attack Kenya in response to its occupation of Somalia. Following that threat, there have been several bombings by Al Shabaab in Kenya. One of the explosions, for example, was around 1 p.m. on a Monday in a building with many stores; at least 33 people were injured in the explosion. It was in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Al Shabaab claimed to be affiliated with Al Qaida since 2007, but real affiliation was only witnessed in February 2012. One of El Shabaab's main objectives is to turn Somalia into a 17th Century Islamic state, preserving its conservatism. El Shabaab has done many inhumane actions such as not allowing any foreign aid in the form of food to enter Somalia during the famine period Somalia went through in the years 2010 and 2011. Delegates are expected to find ways that would stop El Shabaab from continuing their terroristic actions and ensuring that aid is reached to the Somalians if needed.