In the hopes of fostering discussions and international collaboration towards the peaceful use of outer space, CANIMUN 2018 will be including a committee replicating the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the first UNISPACE conference, UNISPACE +50 will be the exact body simulated, focusing distinctively on scientific and technical innovation as well as the legal issues that arise with increased knowledge on outer space affairs and the resources and power that may be extracted from it. Delegates will be encouraged to represent the political agendas of Nations around the world to understand the intricate dynamics of resource separation, and to give them a taste for what is to come in June 2018 and what future decisions may imply for international communities.
Position Papers are due March 1st. See our Guidelines here.
1. Legal Regime of Outer Space and Global Space Governance: Current and Future Perspectives
2. Capacity-Building for the Twenty-First Century
Director: Jonathan Sasson
Jonathan Sasson is a graduate of Dawson College in Liberal Arts presently studying Law at Université de Montréal. From 2016-2017, Jonathan was the President and Head Delegate of the Model UN Delegation at the Faculty of Law of Université de Montréal. He has held the office of Secretary-General for the Montreal United Nations Conference 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was the Host Team President of Harvard World United Nations Montreal 2017. Jonathan additionally co-founded Canadian Model United Nations with the aim of creating a unified and stronger Canadian circuit. He works at the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Passionate about rights and freedoms, he is working towards becoming a civil rights attorney. Jonathan was a delegate at Canadian International Model United Nations 2014 and is excited to be back and part of the conference’s 15th edition!
Chair: Ommu Abdul-Rahman
Ommu-Kulsoom Jumada Abdul-Rahman is in her second-year at McGill University, where she is pursuing a Joint Honours degree in Islamic studies and Political Science. Her Model UN career began at Dawson College where, through her dedication, she was named as their Head Delegate for the Montreal United Nations Conference 2015 and North American Model United Nations 2016. Ommu-Kulsoom also served as the Director of Staff for Harvard WorldMUN 2017. She is currently serving her term as the President of the Islamic Studies Student Association of McGill. Hoping to pursue a master’s degree in the field of Islamic Law more specifically on the formation of Islamic law as well as on the traditional exegesis and how modern interpretations by leading Muslim female scholars can be reconciled, you can always find her reading the works of Ayesha Chaudhry and Shahab Ahmed to better her understanding of the complexities surround these topics. This will be her first time attending CANIMUN, and she is beyond ecstatic to be a part of the CANIMUN team this year, given all the amazing reviews friends and colleagues have made about the conference.