Ethics and Morals
Letter from the Secretary-General
It is my great honor, on behalf of the MUN Community of Copenhagen International School, to invite, and welcome you all to our Third Annual Copenhagen International Model United Nations (CIMUN). Having welcomed near to 100 participants in 2019, we hope to expand our conference, help encourage much-needed dialogue, help participants find their voices and grow as both speakers and thinkers, and to widen the view of students, forming a more open, intercommunal, point of view.
In a conference that follows THIMUN debate procedures, we sincerely hope that the debates that transpire during the conference will cause debates outside the conference to ensue, to bring about a more just, sustainable, and moral world.
Thus brings us to our Conference Theme of 2020: Ethics and Morals. Ethics and morals are, in essence, what dictates what is right or wrong, from a standpoint of society (ethics) and oneself (morals).
Around the world, and even from person to person in the same country, town, or household, interpretations and beliefs regarding ethics and morals vary incredibly, which makes what is right or wrong incredibly difficult to define from an objective standpoint.
It is this subjectivity that makes international politics what it is, and is a huge part of what MUN is about - understanding that ethics and morals are considered to be different by different people, and working to overcome those differences to strive for a better world.
From former-Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2005 to current-Secretary-General António Guterres this year, it has been stated again and again that a “moral imperative”, or “moral obligation”, exists when addressing conflict, especially in regards to “prevent[ing] [...] suffering”, in the words of Kofi Annan. Therefore, what each participant should consider during and after this conference is: what is the moral imperative; what is the obligation of each IGO, each government, and each individual in securing a better future and fighting for it.
With this in mind, good luck on your preparation; I sincerely hope that you will join us in October.