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BERMUN 2 Secretariat

Dear Participants of BERMUN 2 2017, Presently, the world is in a state of instability, insecurity, for some even chaos. We are confronted with alarming news every day, as we learn about terrorist attacks in Berlin or Damascus, shootings in the United States, suicide bombings in Baghdad. Though convinced of the positive role the United Nations should play as peacekeeper and peacemaker, we are shocked by its inability to counter the impending challenges we are all facing. The UN was built on the belief in a common human identity, defined by the right to enjoy a life of security, feed one's family, have shelter, and to be properly clothed. This collective identity is the uniting factor in our endeavor to seek stability. Satisfying these basic human needs is the prerequisite for peaceful cooperation amongst peoples and nations. Therefore, we call upon the United Nations to find ways to combat these prevailing problems in order to restore global confidence and advance international cooperation. Delegates, we have chosen committee topics that reflect the urgency of this year’s theme. The current crisis in the Eurozone is jeopardizing the common currency, threatening economic prosperity, and weakening consensus within the European Union. Diminished trust in European politics and declining European influence on the international stage will inevitably further contribute to a sense of instability. Moreover, terrorist attacks in Europe and worldwide add to the individual's skepticism in the ability of those in power to ensure an environment of security. Attempts to counter the feeling of insecurity through an increase in surveillance make people suspicious of the government’s intentions, while at the same time reminding them of potential threats to their own well-being and security. Ultimately, governments must provide citizens with the sense that their needs matter, that a common identity remains a common objective. The common identity we speak of is inclusive – not exclusive; it respects and incorporates the richness of diversity. Consequently, when addressing the question of intangible cultural heritage, the focus will lie on reassuring societies that traditions, languages, literature and artwork are still valued in a globalized world, and still an essential facet of our shared heritage both now and in the future. These two lines of identity – common needs and recognition of individual needs – should serve as an approach to providing stability in a seemingly unstable world. Therefore, we call on you, delegates, to be aware of the interdependence between the global common good and the common good for your nation when debating the issues at hand. Let your countries’, your peoples’ needs be heard and contribute to the process of seeking stability in an unstable world. Sincerely, The BERMUN 2 Secretariat Juliet Reichert               Katharina Schier               Robert Kamradt                Maxwell Hammer Secretary-General        President of the                Deputy Secretary-             Deputy Secretary-                                    General Assembly               General                              General