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.

 

 

 

 

 

The Security Council consists of 15 members, five permanent and ten temporary who sit on the council for two years each. The permanent members are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The topics discussed by the Security Council are the most challenging, eg nuclear arms in North Korea, and resolutions approved by the Security Council are enforced by the UN peacekeepers.

Delegates who wish to sit on the Security Council need to represent one of the 15 member countries and should have previous experience of MUN.

The topics to be discussed in the Security Council 2020 are:

A: The question of Combatting Abuses in the Sinai Peninsula

B: The question of Combatting Terrorism in Southeast Asia

C. A Crisis to be announced during the conference

 

Research Reports

Topic A:

Topic B: 

 

 

Presidents of the Security Council:

Tomas Ford - Bishop Thomas Grant School, UK

TBC

This committee deals with matters that affect the Environment and that will have long-term consequences for the World as a whole.

The topics to be discussed in the Environment Committee 2020 are:

A: The question of the Possible Decline in Insects

B: The question of the Elimination of Single-Use Plastics

C: The question of Sustainable and Adequate Measures to help Fiji, Wallis, Futuna and Samoa Manage the Impact of Climate Change

 

Chairs' Research Reports

Topic A:

Topic B: 

Topic C:

 

The Chairs of this committee are:

Maria Barcala - Colegio Ayalde, Spain

TBC

 

Approval Panel: TBC

 

The Human Rights committee deals with the rights of safety and protection that each person is entitled to, but is not necessarily receiving.

The topics to be discussed in the Human Rights Committee 2020 are:

A. The question of the Situation in Nicaragua 

B: The question of the Death Penalty

C: The question of the Extraction of Coltan for use in Mobile Telephones

 

Chairs' Research Reports

Topic A: 

Topic B: 

Topic C: 

 

 

The Chairs of this committee are:

Jaime Nunnikhoven - Colegio Munabe, Spain

Maelle Bebleadzi - Bishop Thomas Grant School, UK

 

Approval Panel: Carmen Bilbao

The World Health committee is concerned for the general health of the population of the World, regardless of whether you are from a developed or under-developed country.

The topics to be discussed in the World Health Committee 2020 are:

A: The question of Immunisation Worldwide

B: The question of Access to Healthcare in Prison

C:  The question of the Need for Massive Emergency Health Intervention in Yemen

 

Chairs' Research Reports

Topic A: 

Topic B: 

Topic C: 

 

The Chairs of this committee are:

Laura Smith - Colegio Ayalde, Spain

Aurora Bentivoglio - Bishop Thomas Grant School, UK

 

Approval Panel: TBC

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