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Philipp Haraschta

Co-Chair

of the

DC

Primo-Levi-Gymnasium

Dear BERMUN2 2024 Participants,

Welcome to the Disarmament Committee! 

This year's conference will dedicate itself to “Rising Nationalism” within individual nations and therefore strengthening and expanding international institutions as well as global partnerships. As a global community, we are currently experiencing many disputes among different ethnic, religious, and political beliefs, and in those conflicts the belief of supremacy plays a central role. Nationalism, in the sense of striving for superiority, can only be opposed by a cooperative and interconnected global community.

In the Disarmament Committee, we will deal with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 191 member states have signed the treaty since it came into force in 1970, however, some countries persist in their position to further develop nuclear weapons and perceive these armaments as part of their national identity whilst posing a threat in the global context.

Those endangering situations continue as some countries refuse to sign the treaty because they simply do not believe it adequately reflects the balance of power around the world. Therefore it is important to make adjustments and find compromises. The UN's goal is clear, since January 2021 the even stricter version - which 91 countries have signed and 68 have ratified - the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” has been enforced. 

Eliminating nuclear weapons completely is both useful and necessary, as they not only cause fatalities but can completely extinguish the existence of entire regions or even countries. Security, integrity, global networking, and monitoring are important cornerstones within this debate.

I will be chairing the DC along with Josie and Lioba and am looking forward to hearing from you throughout the conference.

On a personal note, I am 16 years old and in 11th grade at the Primo-Levi-Gymnasium in Berlin-Weißensee. BERMUN2 2024 will be my 13th MUN conference, and my eighth as a Student Officer. When I'm not investing my free time in being politically active, I enjoy traveling around Europe by train and exploring new cultures.

I look forward to fruitful debates and hope to see you all in February!

Sincerely,

Philipp Haraschta (he/him)

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