Ashley Breckenridge, Rohan Campbell & Mammad Shahmaliyev

Ashley Breckenridge

Ashley Breckenridge

My name is Ashley Breckenridge and I am a 21-year-old student from the University of New South Wales. I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Relations and Development Studies. Following my undergraduate degree, I hope to complete an honours year and later, a master’s degree. In my spare time, I participate in the UNSW United Nations Society, of which I am the current Vice President. During my time with the UN Society on campus, I’ve had the opportunity to help run miniature model UN sessions and speakers events, as well as take part in a number of national and international model UN conferences. Some of my most memorable model UN experiences include representing the Viet Cong in a historical crisis council at the Harvard World Model UN Conference in Vancouver 2012, representing the Russian city of Kazan in a United Cities and Local Governments committee at Harvard World MUN in Melbourne 2013, and directing the Security Council at this year’s Asia-Pacific Model UN Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. I am passionate about global affairs, and take a keen interest in issues that relate both to my international relations and development studies degree. I had the opportunity to intern with UN Women in Jakarta, Indonesia, from January to February of this year, and put my universities studies to work in the real-life UN. This has been the highlight of my extra-curricular activities, and heightened my desire to engage with the UN in my future endeavours. I moved to Australia with my family when I was twelve, and lived in Sydney until I was sixteen, during which I gained Australian citizenship. My family is originally from Canada, and I still hold my Canadian citizenship (and accent!) while also enjoying my life as a citizen of Sydney. I live at Coogee Beach, and am a big fan of swimming in the ocean, as well as in the pool through my job as a children’s swimming instructor.
Rohan Campbell

Rohan Campbell

G’day everyone! My name is Rohan Campbell, and I’m a fourth-year Law student at the University of Sydney. I’ve just finished an Honours year in Government in International Relations, writing my dissertation on Democratisation in Burma. My background is in debating, representing at a state and national level. In my second year of university, a friend suggested that my passion for international relations would be better suited to diplomacy than debate, and my MUN career began. After attending a number of MiniMUNs run by the Sydney University United Nations Society (SUUNS), I was hooked on the unique blend of public speaking and negotiation that MUN offers. Since then I’ve attended multiple national, regional and international conferences. My first conference experience was in the International Criminal Court at Sydney Model United Nations (SydMUN) 2011. My committee had the unenviable task of trying Muammar Gaddhafi for war crimes, despite his death three months earlier. In 2012 I was selected as a Director for the International Law Commission at the Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference (AMUNC), where I oversaw the establishment of a Permanent International Court of Juvenile Justice. I returned to AMUNC in 2013, directing the International Court of Justice in its deliberation on the whaling dispute between Australia and Japan, and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute between Japan and China. I’ve also served as the Under-Secretary General for Committees at SydMUN 2012, a position that involved overseeing 200 delegates over nine committees, including a volatile Security Council simulation of an Arctic resources dispute. Earlier this year I was selected to represent my university at Harvard WorldMUN in Melbourne, where my co-delegate and I represented Canada on the First General Assembly. In 2012, I was honoured to serve as Events Director for SUUNS, and at the end of last year I was elected Vice-President, a position in which I will serve until December this year. When I’m not hastily writing out amendments, I can be found watching The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, eating too much cheap Thai food, or pretending to study in the Law Library of the University of Sydney. I also spend a large amount of time on a mountain bike, and playing committed but inept football. In Model UN and in life, I relish opportunities to expand my horizons and engage with extraordinary and inspiring people. The 1st International Model UN Security Council Conference in Baku is no exception, and I look forward to a week of enriching debate and negotiation.
Mammad Shahmaliyev

Mammad Shahmaliyev

I was born in Baku on the 12th of December 1988. We are two children in family with my younger sister. I have entered high school N211 in 1995 at the age of 6. I did very well at school especially in math and other technical subjects. I graduated from high school in 2006 and decided to continue my education in technical sphere. That is why I applied for the Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics faculty at Baku State University and was admitted there in 2006. My studies at Baku State University were very successful, I was actively taking part in different activities, certifications and internships related to IT sphere and was also involved in different medium IT projects. I graduated from Baku State University in 2010 with honours diploma. Despite I already started my professional career during my bachelor years, I seriously focused on my work after graduation and decided to apply for MBA. I entered Qafqaz University IT Management faculty in 2010. At the same time I started working at BM Technologies as System Engineer. I graduated from Qafqaz University in 2012 with honours diploma. I am currently involved in different IT and Information Security projects in Azerbaijan, while Security sphere is especially given attention due to the recent hacker attacks on Azerbaijan information systems. I am very interested in and doing my best to improve information security in my homeland as well as worldwide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions & Answers.

    Q: What is Model United Nations?

    A: Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of United Nations General Assembly committees and other bodies that constitute the UN system. MUN affords students the opportunity to step into the shoes of ambassadors to the UN and debate issues currently on the agenda of the organisation.

      Q: How did Model UN begin?

      A: While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of student-led Model League of Nations simulations. Some people believe that the first Model UN conference was held at Harvard University, although other colleges claim they held the first conference. Regardless, simulations of international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations.

      Q: Who participates in Model UN?

      A: It is estimated that more than 400,000 students around the world at all educational levels from primary school to university, participate each year in Model UN. A number of today's leaders in business, the arts, government and law participated in Model UN as students – including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And the popularity of Model UN continues to grow.

      Q: What is a Model UN conference?

      A: Conferences differ in structure and programme. Some MUN programmes take place in the classroom; others are school-wide. Conferences which are much larger, are held at the regional, national, or international level, and feature participants from the host country as well as from around the world. Middle school, high school and university students gather annually in groups as few as 15 to over 3000 to simulate the meetings and negotiation efforts of member states at UN Conferences. The size of a MUN conference and the number of committees simulated are determined by the host organisation. Conferences are staffed entirely by students and unique feature of many of these conferences is the simulation of real UN committees, addressing hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future such as the 1992 Earth Summit, an historic Security Council, the Russian Civil War 1918, and Joint Crisis Committees, in which delegates must react to a hypothetical or actual crisis situation.

      Q: Where and when are Model UN conferences held?

      A: While Model UN conferences are often held at educational institutions, larger conferences generally take place in convention centers and sometimes even at government buildings. These conferences take place virtually every month throughout the school year, but there are few events in the summer as well.

      Q: What is a Model UN delegate?

      A: A Model UN delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations at a Model UN event. Experience in international relations is not required for this sort of the activity. Model UN students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education, etc.

      Q: What are the benefits of participation in Model UN conferences?

      A: Through participation in MUN, students gain a deeper understanding of how the process of international debate and negotiation which we call diplomacy, functions. MUN enables students to become more informed global citizens, who not only understand the decisions made by nations, but also how those changes affect politics at the national, regional and global levels. Participation in MUN conferences affords students an opportunity to develop a range of skills including: research, expository and persuasive writing, analytical skills; teamwork, problem-solving, debating, conflict resolution skills; cooperation, compromise, consensus-building and negotiation skills.

      Q: Who are the organizers of the first Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013?

      A: It’s a joint project of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNDP Azerbaijan.

      Q: Will it be the simulation of UN Security Council only or the work of other committees will also be simulated?

      A: As this is the first time of holding international Model UN conference in Baku, we decided to start with simulation of UN Security only.

      Q: What is the topic of the conference?

      A: It is “Cyber Security”.

      Q: How many people will be participating?

      A: The Conference will bring together 45 university students and graduates from Azerbaijan and fourteen other member states currently serving as members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Argentina, Australia, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Morocco, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda and Togo.

      Q: How were the participants selected?

      A: The call for applications was announced online and distributed through UN agencies as well as embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the elegible countries. The applicants were evaluated by their general performance, language skills and Model UN experience.

      Q: Is it a free of charge event?

      A: Yes, all expenses (including transportation and accommodation costs of foreign participants) are covered by the organizers of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013. There is no participation fee.

      Q: Will any pre-conference training be organized?

      A: The participants of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013 will be provided with the brilliant opportunity to take part in the two-day pre-conference workshop led by UN representatives experienced in organization of Model UN conferences worldwide.

Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası) is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short borderline with Turkey to the northwest.
The United Nations (UN; French: Organisation des Nations Unies, ONU) is an intergovernmental organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedoms, democracy, and the achievement of lasting world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.