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February 1, 2012

Our writers have prepared their articles for the LIMUN‘s magazine. Here you can read the leaders. If you want to read the whole articles make sure to get your free copy of the LIMUN EYE on the first day of the conference!

Between demands and reality

by Bettina Benzinger

Put a handful of delegates into a room, give them a subject to agree upon and to make it realistic – let them represent a lot of different and even opposing opinions. How long does it take to come to a conclusion with in some cases even 193 voices – 193 different opinions, cultures, and ways of argumentations? Well, one does not need to be an expert to estimate the average time for such a procedure can and probably will be very long.

The problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia

by Jason Paul Grant

With little functioning government, long, isolated, sandy beaches and a population that is both desperate and used to war, Somalia is a perfect environment for piracy to thrive. 

Youth, unemployment, integration and hopes

by Ángeles Lucas

74.8 million youth unemployed in 2011…
That is 12.7 percent of the global unemployment rate…
Numbers without faces. Youth without hopes. Unemployment rates measure human desperation. All of these figure were quoted in the report “Employment Trends 2012: Preventing a deeper jobs crisis”, which was published by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) this January 2012. The report emphasized the fact that youth unemployment was affected badly by the World Financial Crisis.

All eyes on the Arms Trade Treaty

by Petter Nissinen

The world has never been closer to a legally binding framework for conventional arms trade. If the international community agrees on a robust treaty this summer, the global arms market will change profoundly.  The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), to be negotiated in the UN Conference in July 2012, would establish common standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms and illegalise the transfer of weapons likely to be used for violations of international law.

The Youth Factor

by Lotte van Elp

Imagine: you are young, ambitious, and Afghan. Your homeland then, does not seem the right place to make your dreams come true. Your grandparents’ stories may be the only thing to remind you of different, better, times. Afghanistan was once a breeding ground for aspiring intellectuals. Afghan musicians and artists produced groundbreaking work. Think ‘Silk Route’. Think business and trade. But this all happened before the country was overrun by violence and oppressive regimes. 

UN and Human Rights: Space for Improvement

by Katharina Wecker

UNESCO has recently announced plans to kick Syria off its human rights panel. This would be the first time the United Nation’s culture and education agency has expelled a member. It is a strong and powerful move, backed by more than two-dozen governments, that makes a past mistake right. 

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