2014-2015 Provisional MAL Agenda

PLEASE NOTE: not all Models will have all councils. Contact the Local Coordinator or the National Council Representative of your model to find out which councils will be represented.

Joint Defense Council  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Assessing means member states can employ to neutralize armed extremist groups that threaten the territorial integrity of members states
2. Establishing annual joint military exercises, weapons development, and research initiatives between member states to increase military-to-military ties, improve readiness, and demonstrate determination and unity
3. Exploring the effectiveness and political feasibility of utilizing Arab League military assistance to aid regional states in transition
4. Considering the possibility of water disputes evolving into war and endeavoring to preemptively solve them through diplomacy

Council on Palestinian Affairs  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Devising means to ensure the accessibility of goods including, but not limited to humanitarian aid, building materials, food, and water, considering current controls and restrictions imposed on Palestinian borders
2. Developing arrangements for repairing and rebuilding damaged and destroyed private and public infrastructure and buildings in Gaza
3. Addressing mental health concerns among Palestinians with special consideration given to rehabilitation measures
4. Evaluating the effectiveness of, and devising methods to strengthen and encourage the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to pressure Israel to negotiate in good faith with the Palestinian Authority

Council on Political Affairs  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Exploring the effectiveness and political feasibility of utilizing Arab League state resources or other means to assist regional states in transition with economic growth and infrastructure initiatives
2. Formulating a strategy for bringing before international judicial bodies individual and state parties responsible for violations of the rules of war, with particular consideration of the 2014 conflict in Gaza
3. Incorporating women into the political processes, with the intention to provide equal and fair representation in addressing the needs of all citizens
4. Developing a protocol for supporting or establishing political legitimacy in cases where the operating government faces military, security, or other existential challenges

Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Evaluating policies directed to those outside of traditional family structures, such as, but not limited to, widows, orphans, and those with disabilities, and their specific rights to health, education, and welfare
2. Discussing the roles of refugees and foreign workers in host societies and considering increased opportunities for citizens of Arab League member states
3. Assessing the accelerating rate of globalization and its effects on Arab identity in the context of Arab cultural progression and preservation
4. Exploring actions to prevent youth involvement in conflict and war with a special focus on providing effective education systems and rehabilitating and reintegrating past victims back into society

Council of Arab Environmental Affairs Ministers  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Considering precautionary measures to avoid chronic water shortages among the Arab League member states with attention given to the causes and impacts of drought and flood incidents
2. Establishing environmentally sustainable and safe infrastructure standards in emerging industries, with special consideration given to the mining industry
3. Discussing the use of alternative energy in order to decrease dependency on oil and gas production League-wide by 2025
4. Determining effective methods to counter deforestation and desertification, particularly in order to mitigate negative consequences on arable land, wildlife populations, habitat vitality, and air quality

Council of Arab Economic Affairs Ministers  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Formulating strategies to attract foreign direct investment to the Arab world, and exploring how such investment could be utilized to enhance both domestic economies and regional cooperation
2. Addressing increases in regional socio-economic disparities with a focus on expanding middle-income opportunities in member states
3. Adapting current education systems to the needs of the labor market in order to abate youth unemployment
4. Considering the impact of conflict on member state economies with a view towards  revitalizing the infrastructure of affected areas

Summit of Arab Heads of State  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Determining effective preservation and protection methods for national monuments and treasures during periods of unrest as well as recovering historical artifacts currently held in foreign lands
2. Exploring the context and role of foreign non-governmental organizations in the overall framework and policy of Arab League resolutions and establishing guidelines for their behavior to protect the individual sovereignty of Arab League members
3. Promoting transparency and reducing official misconduct between League members in order to demonstrate Arab League commitment to the international rule of law to the global community
4. Taking steps towards establishing the Arab Common Market by 2020 in order to increase integration and have free movement of labor, capital, and goods between Arab nations

Special Council on Arab Youth  Background Guide (.pdf)
1. Creating opportunities for Arab youth to peacefully participate in governmental, civil society, and political processes
2. Investigating ways to encourage Arab youth to preserve their cultural heritage in the context of the 21st century
3. Introducing programs in sports diplomacy that maintain Arab youth interest and involvement in the community while teaching positive social values particularly for children in refugee camps and in conflict zones
4. Evaluating means to create employment opportunities for and limit discrimination in the workplace against young Arab women

Arab Court of Justice
1. League of Arab States (as represented by Jordan) vs. Qatar: Regarding Qatar’s treatment of expatriate laborers under the kefala system, and timely implementation of proposed labor law reforms
2. Egypt vs. Sudan: Regarding the Sudanese government’s support for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
3. League of Arab States (as represented by Palestine) vs. Lebanon: Regarding Lebanon’s unilateral creation of refugee registration standards and attempts to limit refugees from entering or re-entering Lebanon
4. Iraq v. Saudi Arabia: Regarding Saudi Arabia’s responsibilities vis-a-vis funding for terrorist entities provided by Saudi Arabian nationals
5. Libya vs. the United Arab Emirates: Regarding the United Arab Emirates use of air strikes in Libya in August 2014 and its responsibility to uphold the Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation Treaty of 1950

Joint Cabinet Crisis
The Joint Cabinet Crisis is a special event held at select MAL conferences. The JCC typically consists of two separate government entities (cabinets) that interact through simulated diplomatic channels, though not directly. There are no topics for the JCC as it is entirely crisis-based, meaning that participants should be prepared to address a wide range of evolving situations, vis-a-vis the opposing cabinet, as directed by a team of crisis directors. The cabinets will be announced in January 2015.





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