TOPIC A Vulnerable Populations in African Conflict
TOPIC B Advancing African Development Through Intra-Continental Trade
DELEGATION SIZE Double
- Jessica Vasseghi
The African Union is a regional body comprised of 54 nations that have come together with the goal of providing peace and prosperity on the continent. The organization aims to promote African unity, while addressing problems affecting its members, as well as promoting African interest on the international level.
Topic A: Vulnerable Populations in African Conflict
War is an unfortunate reality of the world. However, the nature of war has substantially varied across time and place. The current nature of much conflict on the African continent is especially problematic because of the treatment of vulnerable populations in these conflicts. This committee will address issues such as the use of child soldiers, sexual violence towards women, and ethnic and religious tensions in war. Comprehensive solutions will tackle both sides of the issue: how to reduce/eliminate the mistreatment of these populations and how to help affected individuals, victims and previous perpetrators of violence, heal and reintegrate into society. Delegates should aim to create actionable solutions that will respect national sovereignty, while creating meaningful change for those who most vulnerable.
Topic B: Advancing African Development Through Intra-Continental Trade
Trade will play a key role in Africa’s economic development in the coming years. African Intra-Continental Trade, or trade between African nations, will pay an especially key role in economic progress for the continent as a whole. In 2016, intra-continental trade in Africa made up only 18% of total exports, where the same figure is at 59% and 69% for Asia and Europe, respectively. Should the committee choose to address this topic, it must answer the question of how to promote more intra-continental trade in order to contribute to economic growth in Africa? Delegates will debate barriers to trade, incentives to increase trade, and how to balance effective policy with concerns over national sovereignty. Sustainable economic growth must come from within the continent and intra-continental trade will play a critical role in shaping Africa’s economic future.
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
- Cote d'Ivoire
- Equatorial Guinea
- Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Tanzania, United Republic of