The postgraduate degree “ANIMALES-DERECHO-SOCIEDAD” (ANIMALS-RIGHTS-SOCIETY) and the Research Group ADS of the UAB, invited to participate in the 6th Edition of C’MUN 2011 (Conference of Model United Nations of Barcelona)

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The following delegates participate in the UNESCO session:

Maria González Lacabex, student of Postgraduate Program, representing Perú (Position paper), Helena Escoda, student of Postgraduate Program, representing China (Position paper)
Carlos Contreras, Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program and member of the Research Group ADS, representing Australia (position paper).
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The ANUE (The Spanish Association for United Nations),, is a non-governmental organization created in Barcelona in 1962 dedicated to promoting the principles and objectives of the United Nations and to providing support to its programs. It is a member of the World Federation of the United Nations Associations (WFUNA) and the designated Focal Point in Spain for the United Nations Regional Informational Center (UNRIC)
Among the fundamental pillars of the ANUE are the activities and projects directed to youths. In this sense, we would like to present a project that we consider to be highly interesting, given the students’ area of knowledge and work.

The ANUE presents the 6th Edition of the C’MUN, the Model United Nations of Barcelona, a simulation of sessions of organisms of United Nations, where current world themes are dealt with. After five editions, the C’MUN has been recognized by the secretary of the United Nations, the Department of Public Information and the Alliance of Civilizations. It is also a member of the European Model United Nations Network (EMUNNET).

The 6th edition of the C’MUN will take place on the 6th through 9th of April of 2011. Some 400 university students from all over the world will come to this simulation, where for three days, they will act as diplomats realizing simulations in English of real meetings of different UN organisms, reaching resolutions that will be sent to the United Nations.

This year, within these simulated organisms there will be a UNESCO session that will deal with the following theme:

Traditions vs. Animal Welfare
Although there seems to be a global consensus to avoid the unnecessary suffering of animals, when analyzed meticulously, we find that animal suffering is present and justified in traditional celebrations, rites and cultural and religious demonstrations across the globe. Though some of these practices have been present since time immemorial in cultures across the world, these have been evolving in general toward a growing sensitivity for the welfare of animals. In this way, some countries and regions where events like dog, cock or bull, fights as well as staged hunts, and even the animal sacrifice without prior stunning for religious motives took place, these have been prohibited, while in others they enjoy legal recognition.

In this sense, today two confronting movements exist which search for international recognition to defend their position: on the one hand we find an international campaign headed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, with the goal that United Nations approve the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and on the other hand international bullfighting and cock fighting associations which ask UNESCO to declare these as part of the cultural heritage for humanity.

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