MUN Bilbao, as well as debating real problems that affect the World, would also like to help tackle a problem through more positive action.

Therefore, every year MUN Bilbao will choose a NGO or organisation that is linked to one of the topics discussed and debated during the conference and will donate a sum of money to them. For every person who registers to attend the conference, two euros of their registration fee will be donated.

For the 2019 conference, MUN Bilbao will be supporting the organization IndustriALL Global Union. It represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.

IndustriALL challenges the power of multinational companies and negotiates with them on a global level. It fights for another model of globalization and a new economic and social model that puts people first, based on democracy and social justice.  It strives to:

Build stronger unions

Organize and increase union membership

Fight for trade union rightsFight against precarious work (including contract and agency labour)

Build union power to confront global capital

Promote industrial policy and sustainability

Promote social justice and globalization

Ensure equal rights and women’s participation

Create safe workplacesImprove democracy and inclusiveness

IndustriALL Global Union represents workers in a wide range of sectors from extraction of oil and gas, mining, generation and distribution of electric power, to manufacturing of metals and metal products, shipbuilding, automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, electronics, chemicals, rubber, pulp and paper, building materials, textiles, garments, leather and footwear and environmental services

With your help through your registration fee or sponsorship as a Goodwill Ambassador of the conference, IndustriALL Global Union can continue with their worthwhile work.

Please feel free to visit their website to find out more: IndustriALL Global Union

Sustainable Development Goals 5, 8, 10, 16 and 17.

Previous NGOs supported by MUN Bilbao:

MUN Bilbao 2017 raised 530 euros for Room to Read (

MUN Bilbao 2018 raised 840 euros for Deliveraid (




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This committee is concerned with the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. 

The topics to be discussed in the Special Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SPECSDG) 2019 are:

A: The question of Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7)

B: The question of Reduced Inequalities (SDG10)

C: The question of Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11)

Chairs' Research Reports

Topic A: The Question of Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7)

Topic B: The question of Reduced Inequalities (SDG10)

Topic C: The question of Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11)


Position Papers


The Chairs of this committee are:

Jemima Chen, Wycombe Abbey, England

Marta Olaizola, Colegio Ayalde, Spain

Thursday 24 January 2019

3pm - 4pm: Registration in the Hotels

3.40pm: Buses leave Ayalde to the Paraninfo, Deusto University in Bilbao

3.50pm: Buses leave from the Hotel Seminario to the Paraninfo, Deusto University in Bilbao 

4pm: Buses leave from the Holiday Inn Express to the Paraninfo, Deusto University in Bilbao 

4.50pm: Everyone takes their seats

5pm - 5.45pm: General Assembly convenes with the Opening Ceremony and VIP Speeches

5.45pm - 8pm: General Assembly continues with Ambassadors' Speeches

5.45pm - 8pm: Arctic Council Opening Ceremony continues with Ministers' Speeches

8pm - 8.30pm: Chairs' meeting

8pm - 9.30pm: Welcome Cocktail in Deusto University, Bilbao

9.30pm:  Buses leave for the hotels


Friday 25 January 2019

9am: Buses collect delegates and advisors from the hotels

9.15am - 9.30am: Arctic Council Plenary

9.30am - 12.30pm: Arctic Council Working Group 1 (including presentation of Position Papers)

9.30am - 9.45am: Chairs' introduction in committees

9.45am - 11.30am: Lobbying and Merging for Topic A begins in committees

9.45am: Advisors' meeting in the txoko

10.45am - 1pm: Advisors' Excursion (Azurmendi Restaurant)

11am - 11.30am: Tuck Shop is open

11.30am - Lunch: Debating resolutions on Topic A in committees

12.30pm - 1.30pm: Lunch break for the Arctic Council and Security Council

12.45pm - 2pm: Lunch break for World Health

1.00pm - 2.15pm: Lunch break for Disec and Environment

1.15pm - 2.30pm: Lunch break for Human Rights and SpecSDGs

1.30 - 2.45pm: Lunch break for Sochum and Ecosoc

After Lunch: Lobbying and Merging for Topic B begins in committees (duration 45 minutes)

4pm - 4.45pm: Tuck Shop in open

4.30pm - 5pm: Break for the Arctic Council 

End of Lobbying - 6.45pm: Debating resolutions on Topic B in committees

5pm - 7pm: Arctic Council Working Group 3

7.05pm: Buses leave for the hotels


Saturday 26 January 2019

8.30am: Buses collect delegates and advisors from the hotels

9am - 10am: Lobbying and Merging for Topic C begins in committees

9am - 12noon: Senior Arctic Officers' Meeting 1

10.30am - 11.30am: Tuck shop is open

10am - Lunch: Debating resolutions on Topic C in committees

12noon - 1pm: Lunch break for the Arctic Council and Security Council

12.25pm - 2pm: Lunch break for World Health

12.40pm - 2pm: Lunch break for Disec and Environment

12.55pm - 2pm: Lunch break for Human Rights and SpecSDGs

1.10pm - 2pm: Lunch break for Sochum and Ecosoc

1pm - 4pm: Senior Arctic Officers' Meeting 2

2pm - 6pm: General Assembly in session debating committee-approved resolutions

4pm - 6pm: Arctic Council Pre-Ministerial Briefing / Break / Preparion time

4pm - 4.30pm: Tuck shop is open

6.15pm: Buses leave for the hotels

8pm: Buses leave from the hotels to the Formal Black Tie event

8.30pm -00:30: Formal Black Tie event in the 'Salon de Vidrio' at the Hotel Seminario

00:30: Buses leave for the hotels


Sunday 27 January 2019

9am: Buses collect delegates and advisors from the hotels

9.30am - 10am: Mass (optional)

10am - 1pm: General Assembly in session debating committee-approved resolutions

10am - 1pm: Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

10.30am: Advisors' meeting in the txoko

11am -11.30am: Tuck shop is open

1pm - 1.30pm: Closing ceremony

1.30pm - 2.30pm: Staggered lunch

2.40pm: Buses leave for the hotels

MAC Bilbao will be organized and run by Anthony Speca. Anthony is the founder and manager of Polar Aspect, a consultancy focused on Arctic public policy. From 2008 to 2011, he lived and worked in the Canadian Arctic as a senior policy official with the Government of Nunavut, and he continues to publish and speak on a range of Arctic issues.

Anthony also teaches Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Norwich School, one of the UK's leading independent schools. Outside of class, he oversees the school's extension programmed for pupils applying to Oxford and Cambrishe, and he supervises MUN and other youth diplomacy - including NORMAC, the world's first secondary-school-level Model Arctic Council.

Whilst schools with experience of MUN may find some aspects of the Arctic Council familiar, it does offer an exciting new format of model diplomacy. The Arctic Council is unusual not only in promoting the active involvement of indigenous peoples alongside states, but also in making all decisions by consensus rather than majority vote. The Arctic Council is also well-known for collegiality and consensus-building even during times of tension between participants elsewhere in the World - valuable lessons for delegates to learn.

MAC Bilbao will run alongside MUN Bilbao, sharing the Opening Ceremony and the final General Assembly session and Closing Ceremony. During the rest of the conference, the MAC delegates will be in Working groups, the Senior Arctic Officers' meeting and the Ministers' meeting.

There are two Working Groups which will debate one topic each. The Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) group will debate the Question of Seismic Exploration for Oil and Gas in the Arctic Offshore, whilst the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) will debate the Question of Broadband Connectivity in Arctic Communities. Each delegation consists of two delegates, each one sitting in one of the Working Groups. They will then sit together in the Senior Arctic Officers' Meeting where one of the delegates is the Senior Arctic Officer and then in the Minsters' Meeting, where the second delegate is the Minister.

A Delegates' Guide and Research Report will be provided to delegates before Christmas.

The first Working Group session will start with Opening Statements from the delegates. The remainder of the first session and the second session will be used to draft resolutions. More than one resolution can be drafted on each topic. These resolutions will then be presented in the Senior Arctic Officers' Meeting for debate and amendments.

Saturday Morning will start with Pre-Ministerial Briefings where Dr. Speca will speak individually to each Minister. Delegations will then have some free time to prepare theirselves before the Ministerial Meeting starts at 2pm. During this meeting, the prepared resolutions will be debated and if time allows, a new topic of 'The EU as an Arctic Council Observer' will be brought up for discussion.






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