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CUUNA Newsletter Week 6 (16 Nov 2014)

It’s that time of the year when we draw new blood and a new committee gets elected. I am very pleased with the interest that we have received so far from you and considering that there might still be people wanting to be part of the new committee, I’d like to mention that there are also two additional positions of Secretary to the President. As before, please get in touch with us on Facebook or e-mail me at ab2076@cam.ac.uk

The Elections are going to take place at Emmanuel College on 24 November @ 7PM. They are going to be taking place behind closed doors so if you want to attend, please contact me beforehand.

Attached are the manifestos of the current candidates:

President – Charles Bonfils-Duclos

Secretary General – Rory Copeland

Vice-President – Paula Stuurman

Treasurer – Meenakkhi Bhattacharyya

Debating Officer – Matteo Violet Vianello

Campaign Officer

Social Events Officer – Nicole Prieto

Jantine Broek – Publicity Officer (Manifesto will be in later)

CUUNA Newsletter Week 4 (2 Nov 2014)

Dear all,

Elections are coming up on the 24th of November. This means a new dawn, a new era and obviously a new CUUNA Committee. If you are interested in being part of the CUUNA family please write a manifesto and get in touch with us on Facebook or e-mail me at ab2076@cam.ac.uk. I have attached our CUUNA Constitution which describes all the available roles and their afferent responsibilities.

I would like to recommend you these opportunities because they will develop your management skills and make you an effective team player. It is also worth mentioning that such an experience will look absolutely fantastic on your CV regardless of what you’re studying. I’m an engineer and I can say that employers have looked very well at what I did as CUUNA President.

Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that you will make friends for life from across colleges in Cambridge that you will end up considering as family like. This being said, please do get in touch!

Alexandru Boţu

CUUNA President

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Working for the UN

CUUNA has managed to secure an event where you will have the opportunity to find out what it is really like to work for the UN and ask questions. Our guests are:

UN: John Ericson, Chief of the Outreach Unit in the Office of Human Resources Management of the United Nations Secretariat in New York. He will present an overview of the UN, what the UN is looking for and ways to get into the UN.

UNICEF: Mr Antonio Brusa is a chief of Mobility and Staffing and Mr Steven Allen is a former director of Human Resources. They will present an overview of UNICEF as an organisation, what they look for in employees and the various roles and schemes that you might apply for now and in the future.

The event is free for for all and represents our Society’s biggest career event of the year so please make sure to join our Facebook event page.

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CUIMUN XX Press Team Recruitment

Would you like to be part of CUIMUN XX Press Team? From 28-30 Nov 2014, we will be reporting on the committee sessions throughout Cambridge and compiling a newsletter for our participants. If you are interested in joining the CUIMUN family, please email jl735@cam.ac.uk.

Joey Lim

CUUNA Vice-President

CUUNA Newsletter Week 3 (25 Oct 2014)

I hope you enjoyed our debating sessions so far and you are looking forward to the following ones. As President of the Society, it is also a good moment to mention that we will be having elections later in mid-November and if you are interested in being part of the new CUUNA Committee or CUIMUN Secretariat please write a manifesto and get in touch with us on Facebook or e-mail me at ab2076@cam.ac.uk. I have attached our CUUNA Constitution which describes all the available roles and their afferent responsibilities.

I would like to recommend you these opportunities because they will develop your management skills and make you an effective team player. It is also worth mentioning that such an experience will look absolutely fantastic on your CV regardless of what you’re studying. I’m an engineer and I can say that employers have looked very well at what I did as CUUNA President.

Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that you will make friends for life from across colleges in Cambridge that you will end up considering as family like. This being said, please do get in touch!

Alexandru Boţu
CUUNA President

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Australia’s Policy Towards Asylum Seekers

A big thank you to everyone who came to our last debate on Australia’s policy towards Asylum seekers, which proved to be very interesting indeed.

This week’s debate is on what is probably the biggest issue in international politics now – the rise of Islamic State and what to do about it.Controlling large swathes of Syria and Iraq and threatening even more of the region, IS represents a significant threat to the international community which will require coordination to tackle effectively. This is easier said than done, however. Although IS has its fair share of enemies, comprising nominal enemies as well as natural allies, getting them on the same page regarding some of the unanswered questions surrounding military intervention in the region will be difficult.

How much should outside actors intervene militarily in the region? How can regional and global actors work with the UN to protect minorities? What should be done about the factors which gave rise to IS? What happens, after all is said and done, to Kurdish-majority regions now dominated by IS? Come to the debate to propose your own answers to these pressing questions!

Jack Smith
Debating Officer

CUUNA Newsletter Week 2 (19 Oct 2014)

I hope you enjoyed our first debating session and you are looking forward to the second one. As President of the Society, it is also a good moment to mention that we will be having elections later in the term and if you are interested in being part of the new CUUNA Committee or CUIMUN Secretariat please get in touch with us on Facebook or email ab2076.

I would like to recommend you these opportunities because they will develop your management skills and make you an effective team player. It is also worth mentioning that such an experience will look absolutely fantastic on your CV regardless of what you’re studying. I’m an engineer and I can say that employers have looked very well at what I did as CUUNA President.

Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that you will make friends for life from across colleges in Cambridge that you will end up considering as family like. This being said, please do get in touch!

Alexandru Boţu
CUUNA President

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Australia’s Policy Towards Asylum Seekers

Thanks to everyone who came to the last debate! It was good seeing plenty of people there, many of whom only trying MUN for the first time. Hopefully we’ll see just as many or more people at next debate, on Monday, October 20th, Munby Room, King’s College.

This debate will be on the topic of Australia’s policy towards asylum seekers. Australian PM Tony Abbott has made ‘sending back the boats’ a key policy of his government, but what have the ramifications been of his actions? Come to this week’s debate to find out!

RSVP via Facebook.

Jack Smith
Debating Officer

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CUUNA Speaker Event

We would like to proudly invite you at our Speaker Event held in collaboration with the United Nations Association-UK. The event will take place on 25 October 2014 and it shall be chaired by Lord Phillips of Sudbury. We are extremely lucky to have Oxford’s Dr. Hugo Slim who will be talking about Protecting Civilians in Modern Wars.

Dr Hugo Slim is a leading scholar in humanitarian studies with particular expertise in humanitarian ethics, the protection of civilians, conflict resolution, and business ethics. From 1983-1994 he worked as a frontline humanitarian worker for Save the Children UK and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan and Ethiopia, the Palestinian Territories and Bangladesh. Hugo has advised many of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies, including UNOCHA, UNWFP, the International Committee of the Red Cross, AusAid and many leading NGOs. He has advised global businesses including BP, Rio Tinto, G4S and Vodafone on political risk, conflict resolution and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The event is free for all and please join the event on Facebook.

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LIMUN 2015 Delegation Selection

Our Association is sending a Delegation to the London International Model United Nations which will take place in February. LIMUN is one of the biggest MUN Conferences in Europe and always manages to attract top quality chairs and debaters. In addition to this, the social events have always provided rich entertainment for participants.

Jack Smith (you can see him running the Debating sessions) is in charge with forming up the Delegation so if you want to be part of LIMUN, please do get in touch with Jack (js2118).

CUUNA Newsletter Week 1 (9 Oct 2014)

Dear all,

I hope you have settled in well and are looking forward to a new academic year at Cambridge which announces to be extremely exciting. I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Alexandru Boţu and I am a third year engineer at Emmanuel College. I will be the Association’s President for this term.

I also hope you will not hesitate to contact me (Facebook or ab2076@cam.ac.uk) if you have absolutely any question regarding our Association or the ways to get involved with us!

Kind Regards,
Alexandru Boţu
CUUNA President

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First Debating Session of Michaelmas

This first session’s purpose is primarily to give newcomers to Model UN an understanding of the particularities of MUN-style debating, with a more light-hearted ‘mock debate’ planned for this session. This session will be in Keynes Seminar Room 1 as opposed to the Munby room, where it will be held in subsequent weeks.

Date: Mon 13 Oct 2014 @ 7pm

Venue: Keynes Seminar Room 1, King’s College

There will be a social after the debating session.

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CUUNA Speaker Event

We would like to proudly invite you at our Speaker Event held in collaboration with the United Nations Association-UK. The event will take place on 25 October 2014 and it shall be chaired by Lord Phillips of Sudbury. We are extremely lucky to have Oxford’s Dr. Hugo Slim who will be talking about Protecting Civilians in Modern Wars.

Dr Hugo Slim is a leading scholar in humanitarian studies with particular expertise in humanitarian ethics, the protection of civilians, conflict resolution, and business ethics. From 1983-1994 he worked as a frontline humanitarian worker for Save the Children UK and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan and Ethiopia, the Palestinian Territories and Bangladesh. Hugo has advised many of the world’s leading humanitarian agencies, including UNOCHA, UNWFP, the International Committee of the Red Cross, AusAid and many leading NGOs. He has advised global businesses including BP, Rio Tinto, G4S and Vodafone on political risk, conflict resolution and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Career Opportunities with the Oxbridge Human Development Research Group

The Oxbridge Human Development Research Group (OHDRG) is a not-for-profit human development think tank that assists the work of international and non governmental organisations by providing low-cost and/or pro bono research and consulting services in the areas of human trafficking, gender equality and public international law.

We are currently accepting applications for researchers, editors, and data analysts to work for our human trafficking and gender equality panels. (Note: applications for our public international law panel will be considered in November.)

Throughout their one-year experience with us, volunteers will:

  • Become a member of one of the OHDRG’s three panels (human trafficking, gender equality, or public international law);
  • Complete 3-4 team projects for organisations from the UN to international and local charities and 1-2 individual studies for publication on our website;
  • Undertake training sessions in: research best practices, data analysis and presentation, public speaking, and working in the field of international human development;
  • Receive personal mentoring from their Panel Ambassadors and Panel Directors as well as references as and when required.

Work for the OHDRG is entirely manageable alongside study/work but will require dedication. Note that this is a volunteer-based position, and there is no monetary compensation for your work. Applications are due on the 20th of October 2014.

For more information on our organisation, please see our website http://www.ohdrg.org/