June 7 Newsletter: Background Guide is here!

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Hello everyone! This is TIUMUN Admin team.

In today's newsletter, we would like to announce 3 updates:

  1. The news that we have all been waiting have arrived. MUN@TIU 2018 Background guide is now available for download. The is free to access for everyone. You do not need to be a delegate to download it. Please use this link to download it: Download
  2. Even though the official reservation period is over, we have received several e-mails from prospective participants within Japan asking about an extension. To accommodate these requests, we will accept application from WITHIN JAPAN until the end of June 15th. Please contact us if you are living in Japan and wish to join our conference.
  3. Delegates who reserved during regular reservation period, please keep an eye out as we will send you update regarding your assigned country in the next few days.

That's it for today. We hope you are having a great time. For delegates in Japan, good luck with your mid term exams!

TIUMUN Admins.

May 29 Newsletter: 3 days left to apply!

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Greetings, everyone!

Summer is coming, but the hot weather still cannot beat the heat of our preparation for MUN@TIU 2018! Today, we bring you three important reminders regarding the conference.

First of all, the background guide to MUN@TIU is at its last stage and will be available very soon! Our background guide will provide you with more information on the agenda and help you with your research, so stay tuned for more!

Secondly, we wish to remind you all that delegate reservation will end on May 31, which is 3 more days , which is 3 more days! Time is ticking on the clock, and if you do not want to miss out one of the most exciting and diverse MUN conferences in Japan this year, thisit is your last chance to be a part of MUN@TIU 2018! For application, click the button below.

Last but not least, we would like to remind you that the information of our keynote speaker has been announced! Mr. Tsuneo Nishida - Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations from 2010 to 2013 - will join us and share more about his thoughts on peace through diplomacy as well as the United Nations’ relevance to today’s world. You can look for more information about our keynote speaker at here.

That is all for this week! If you are interested, remember to register for our conference as soon as possible. Also, look forward to our upcoming background guide as well as our next updates! For more information, please feel free to contact us via our Facebook Page and Instagram, or send us an email to tiumun@tiu.ac.jp or tokyointunimun@gmail.com! We are looking forward to seeing you in our conference!

TIUMUN Admins.

 

May 23 Newsletter: Placards and Reminders.

Good day everyone!

We hope you are having a great start of the week. With MUN@TIU Conference registration date coming up to a close, have you reserved your spot in the latest English Model United Nations conference in Japan? For us, we are excited to meet you all in this July!

Now, let see what news do MUN@TIU 2018 brings you this week.

Wondering what you just saw above? Those are the mock designs of MUN@TIU 2018’s country placard which will be neatly placed before you at the conference.  Here are some words from the Creative Team on the design:

  "Given the size of typical MUN conference room and the number of delegates, it would be a nightmare of the chair to look at the tiny letters on each placard."

"Given the size of typical MUN conference room and the number of delegates, it would be a nightmare of the chair to look at the tiny letters on each placard."

“The placard is an identification tool. It exists so that when people gaze at a delegate, they know which country does that delegate represent. Thus, the entire brainstorming process of us revolves around the question of how to create a design that is pleasant-looking but also transmits the information effectively. Normally, MUN conference would settle with the [Conference Name][Country Name] or just [Country Name] option as it is practical and easy to design and print out.

However, these types of designs obviously have a huge flaw: given the size of typical MUN conference room and the number of delegates, it would be a nightmare of the chair to look at the tiny letters on each placard and identify who sits behind those placards. From our experiences, the most common thing a chair would say in a conference is: ‘the delegate of….*spend a few seconds to read the placard*’. Obviously, we are not the first one to see this flaw in the common placard. Other conferences have long found solutions to this problem. Look at the following examples:

 A simple yet effective solution is to crank up the size of everything, but wouldn't that be too inconvenience?

A simple yet effective solution is to crank up the size of everything, but wouldn't that be too inconvenience?

 Another common solution: adding the country's flag next to its name. However, the limited space on the placard might affect how big the flags can be.

Another common solution: adding the country's flag next to its name. However, the limited space on the placard might affect how big the flags can be.

 A beautiful placard design that utilizes the country's flag as the background.

A beautiful placard design that utilizes the country's flag as the background.

Learning from these great examples, we came up with our own design which contains two elements: (1) a simplified country’s flag, and (2) text. The idea is to have the main colors and design elements of a country’s flag being the first thing that observers will notice when looking at the placard. In the example above, the we highlight the US in the placard by using the 3 colors in its flag combined with the white star to represent the flag. The observers should be able to tell immediately what country they are looking at thanks to these elements. Second, the text is used to compliment these elements in case of similar flags such as Russia v.s Netherland. Observers will be able to identify the exact country by combining the colors with the country’s name right next to it. In sum, we hope that our design will turn the placard into an effective tool of identification and also a pride for delegates who sit behind them, that they can show others their placard and say:’Look! I’m representing [Country]!’”

What do you think of the placard design? Send us your comment here if you have any criticism or suggestion for improvement!

Moving on, we would like to touch upon some information that you might want to know.

First, as mentioned earlier in the previous newsletter, we have released a list of countries you might be able to  represent in the conference. There are currently 47 countries listed from various continents, with more to come in the future! Keep your eyes peeled on the list here. On a related note, Early Bird delegates are now able to choose their preferred country as a benefit of applying during the Early Bird period. Make sure to check out the e-mail containing the instruction that we sent earlier!

Second, the MUN@TIU 2018 Background Guide is underway! The guide will help you understand the scope of the topic, give you various insights on the agenda, and most importantly, help you streamline your research on this issue. Are you concern with the  lingo of the conference agenda? Worry not. The background guide will give you the basic information on the agenda before you delve in the countries’ stances on the topic.

In case you miss the previous newsletter, we have just announced the keynote speaker of MUN@TIU, who is none other than Mr. Tsuneo Nishida, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations from 2010-2013! Mr. Tsuneo Nishida will share his insight on issues such as the effectiveness of diplomacy for peace and the effectiveness of the United Nations. To know more about our keynote speaker, check this out.

We hope you are excited, because we definitely are! Stay cool for the summer and watch out for more updates ahead.

Until next time,

TIUMUN Admins

 

May 17 Newsletter: Keynote Speaker Announcement, New Payment Option, and other updates

Hello again from Saitama!

It has been more than a week since the last newsletter, but worry not, the delay was due to the sheer size of this week's update. It will be worth the wait!

First, we are announcing our special keynote speaker for MUN@TIU 2018: Mr.Tsuneo Nishida - Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations during the 2010-2013 period.

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Our Keynote Speaker

"The world in 2018 is different to what it was in 1945 when the United Nations was founded. In the current global environment, the questions of whether or not the United Nations is an effective organization continues to attract heated debate. Find out the answer with the insights from the person who knows it best at  MUN@TIU 2018!"

Second, as we have announced a few days earlier, delegates can now opt to pay by cash when they arrive at the venue. We made this change to accommodate our participants coming from abroad who might have difficulty with bank transfer or who might be hesitant due to their VISA process. Second, this change is also a symbol to show our commitment to delivering this conference, that we will not take any money in advance until delegates have arrived and witnessed the final product of our preparation. We hope that this news will help those who are still on the edge! Find out more here.

Lastly, we bring you several updates regarding to the state of the conference so far:

  1. The countries list is now available. You can check out which countries will take part in the debate on our website now. Note: more countries to be added as we get closer to the conference.
  2. We have received 34 individual reservation and 3 group reservations of 19 delegates in total. This make the total of reserved spots to be 53! Remember that MUN@TIU 2018 only open for 80 delegates. Act fast and reserve your spot now!
  3. VISA, visa, visa. As we have repeatedly announced, TIUMUN cannot provide letter of invitation or act as your guarantor as we are not an independent organization but an affiliated club of Tokyo International University. Therefore, we strongly recommend participants to research on VISA policies before applying for the conference.

That's it for this week! We hope you are having a great time. Drink lots of water and stay healthy. See you again shortly for more updates.

TIUMUN Admins.

Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations 2010-2013 to be the keynote speaker at MUN@TIU 2018

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Ready for liftoff? MUN@TIU 2018 presents our special keynote speaker: Mr. Tsuneo Nishida, best known for his work as the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations from 2010 to 2013.

The world in 2018 is different to what it was in 1945 when the United Nations was founded. While the threat of a major war has been subdued, conflicts continue to take lives of innocent civilians around the world, especially in Syria, Afghanistan, or the Palestinian territories. Climate change, while acknowledged as a major problem for the 21st century, remains an arena which the global community fails to adequately address. These examples, coupled with other issues such as nuclear security, human rights protection, or refugees and migrants, raise the questions of whether or not the United Nations is an effective organization in the current global environment.

With the aim to provide insights on the work of the UN from the person who knows it best, the topics of the keynote presentation will revolve around two questions:

  • Peace through diplomacy: Can it work?
  • Is the United Nations still relevant in today's world?

Participants who are interested in foreign relations, policy-making, and diplomacy will find the answers to these questions at MUN@TIU 2018! The keynote presentation will be on the morning of Day 2 of the conference. All participants and guests are welcome.

Before you go and share this news with your friends, let us give you some highlights of Mr. Nishida's career:

Mr. Nishida graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Tokyo and then began his career at the Japanese Foreign Ministry in 1970.

While working at the Foreign Ministry, he has occupied key positions in various countries, such as First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in the former Soviet Union, Counselor of the Japanese Embassy in the USA, and Consul-General of Japan in Los Angeles, and ambassadorship to Canada (2007-2010)

Most notably, he served as Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations from 2010-2013.

Some of his recent activities include:

BE SURE NOT TO MISS OUT ON THE EXPERIENCE. BECOME A DELEGATE AT MUN@TIU 2018 NOW! LIMITED TICKET AVAILABLE.

Good News! Updates on payment policy.

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Hello again! This is TIUMUN Admins with some announcements regarding our payment policies that you must not miss.

A few days ago, we announced that the university cannot provide any visa support for delegates wishing to attend from overseas, including letters of invitation or any other official documents. Once again, we are deeply sorry for this inconvenience.

However, after careful consideration, our teams at TIUMUN would like to notify you of some updates to our policies in order to accommodate our participants:

  1. First, we are now accepting Cash-on-arrival as a payment method. All participants can choose to pay at the reception desk when they arrive at MUN@TIU 2018 Venue. This policy specifically gears toward participants from abroad who might have troubles transferring money to Japan, or those who might have difficulty applying for visa. We believe it is unfair for you to have your money in our pocket while not receiving VISA support from us. You heard it right. TIUMUN will shoulder all financial costs of running this conference in advance, and you can pay us later after you have arrived safely at our venue.
  2. To facilitate this new policy, we kindly ask all participants who have reserved to Click Here and send us a message if you would like to pay by cash instead.
  3. The deadline for bank transfer is still 2 weeks after your reservation date if you still want to use bank transfer.

Moving on, next week's newsletter will bring you the exciting announcement of our keynote speaker.Stay tuned as this news will surely pique your interests.

Should you would like to contact us, we now advise you to send us a message through our Facebook group Here. This channel will allow us to communicate with you in real time and answer any of your questions promptly.


Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you in July.

Sincerely,
TIUMUN Administration

May 7 Newsletter: Group Reservation, TIUMUN, and the Weaponization of Space.

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Greetings, everyone!

First of all, we would like to thank all of the participants who have applied for MUN@TIU 2018. We are all happy and excited for all of you to be a part of our university’s first ever MUN conference in Japan!

For those who would like to apply for the conference and haven’t, we would like to remind you that today is the last day to grab the last remaining early bird tickets; but do not fret! Our regular reservation will last from May 8th until May 31st. Make sure to secure your spot in our conference!

At the same time, we would like to introduce our group reservation package, in which participants from the same institution will be able to register at the same time and receive a cumulative 5% discount per person. For example,  a two-people group will receive a 10% discount on the final fee they need to pay, 15% for three-people group, and 20% for four-people group. In addition, groups will have the priority during check in at the venue! Click on this link for more information: https://tiumun.com/reservation.

Now, Golden week is over and everything is starting to happen on a full swing! It is time for our teams to get back to work and deliver to the participants our best effort. This week, we have some words from the directors and the academic team! Let’s give it a look!

The Tokyo International University Model United Nations Club (TIUMUN)

TIUMUN first started as a circle in 2016 consisting of several international students who are in the English Track Program. The club then became one of the university’s varsity club. After becoming an official TIU varsity club, members became feverishly ambitious to showcase their diverse set of strengths to the world. New members from all around joined in, making our club one of the most diverse clubs in the university and in all Japan. The stakes were high and efforts paid off. Out of the 4 conferences students of TIUMUN have attended in the past year, all 4 of them awarded members with various awards. Practice really does make perfect! The members of TIUMUN are looking forward to translating these achievements into an exceptional conference that raises the bar of MUN conferences in Japan.

For more information and updates about our current endeavor, please do follow us on our social media accounts!

Agenda of MUN@TIU 2018: The Weaponization of Outer Space

Space has been a fascinating and interesting frontier to explore and utilize in this 21st century world of ours. Since the launching of the satellites, the militarization of outer space including its so-called peaceful uses also started. The weaponization of outer space, on the other hand, is generally understood as the installation of devices with destructive capacity in the orbit. However until now, space has remain to be non-weaponized. This situation might change quickly with country such as US, China, and Russia are allegedly pursuing anti-satellite weapons. The present international space laws offer room for maneuvers that can provoke instability of international peace and security, disturbing international instruments related to nuclear weapons and missiles, and possibly leading to a new arms race.

The first committee of the UN General Assembly also known as Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC), is concerned with disarmament and any threats to the international community as we know it. The endeavors of DISEC focus on seeking solutions to all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to any other organ of the UN while promoting cooperative measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments.

For more information about the agenda, please check out our Agenda page . Keep an eye on it because we will publish our comprehensive  background guide really soon!

Reminders

We will upload a weekly newsletter every Monday, so keep a close eye to our website every week! Also, there also will be an update if there is an update about policies, background guide, and keynote speakers! To not miss any updates, please do follow our social media account on Facebook and Instagram. If you have any inquiries, feel free to ask your questions through our Contact Us function or message us through our SNS account! We hope you will have a great week ahead!

Best,

TIUMUN Administration

Early Bird Ticket for MUN@TIU 2018 is now available!

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Welcome to the official website of MUN@TIU! The website was launched two days ago, after series of hard work by our Creative Team! *round of applause*

Registration is opening from today! Registration done and submitted from today until the 7th of May will count as an Early Bird registration! For those who register during this period, we provide several interesting benefits such as discounts and others. Please check the Reservation tab on our website to get the full detail. If you miss our Early Bird registration, Regular registration is still open until the 7th of June. So hurry up and secure your seats in MUN@TIU 2018

This week, people residing in Japan are really excited about Golden Week! For those  who do not know what Golden Week is, it is a series of consecutive holidays that lands on the same week. Our team members, while enjoying this wonderful holiday, are also looking forward for your registration! If you are residing in Japan, we suggest paying Kawagoe City, the beautiful city that will host our conference! Check out Koedo (meaning "Little Edo") to get a taste of Japanese architecture during the Edo period.

That is our update for now, and do not forget to follow us on Facebook @tiumodelun and Instagram @tiu_mun to get the latest updates on our conference! If you have any questions, please make sure to contact us via the Contact Us tab or send us a message via our SNS account! We hope you will have a wonderful week ahead!

Best,

MUN@TIU 2018 Admins