Economic and Social Council


Topic 1 Fighting Income Inequality with Modern Technology
Topic 2 17 years of Budapest Convention on Cybercrime – Towards a new international framework against cyber criminality

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The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) is one of the six main organs of the UN established by the UN Charter in 1946. It is the principal body of the UN for coordination, dialogue and solutions for issues concerning economic, social and environmental issues, and for implementation of globally agreed development goals. It also supervises the subsidiary and expert bodies in the fields mentioned above. The ECOSOC features 54 voting member states, including 14 African states, 11 Asian states, 6 Eastern European states, 10 Latin American and Caribbean states and 13 states of Western Europe and other states. The ECOSOC is the parent organ for eight functional commissions, five regional commissions, three standing committees, nine expert bodies and five other bodies.

Topic 1 | Fighting Income Inequality with Modern Technology

The motivation is goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 10 aims at reducing inequality among and within countries. As technological progress is the source of economic growth, it impacts the distribution of wealth in a decisive way. While new technology is generally associated with economic growth and opportunity, it also requires the labor force to adapt to the change in production. The debate will focus on how countries can benefit from technological progress and negate the harmful effects on income and wealth distribution, which are accompanied by structural change.

Topic 2 | 17 years of Budapest Convention on Cybercrime – Towards a new international framework against cyber criminality

The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime was drafted by the Council of Europe as well as several international supporters in Strasbourg, France and was signed on November 23rd 2001. Up until today, 56 states have acceded to the treaty.
Albeit this big number of supporters, the treaty has been subject to criticism: Countries that are particularly IT savvy or home to internationally operating hacker networks like e.g. India and Russia have refused to sign the treaty and denounce it as a violation of national sovereignty.
It will be the delegates’ task to draft a resolution which fosters international collaboration in the fight against the most severe forms of cyber criminality like e.g. attacks against critical infrastructure child pornography as well as computer-related fraud but succeeds in gaining as many states as possible as signatories of this resolution.

Country Matrix

Algeria Algeria Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bolivia Brazil Brazil Burkina Faso Burkina Faso Cape Verde Cape Verde Cameroon Cameroon
Central African Republic Central African Republic Chad Chad Chile Chile China China Colombia Colombia Egypt Egypt
Ethiopia Ethiopia France France Germany Germany Haiti Haiti Honduras Honduras India India
Indonesia Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran Jamaica Jamaica Japan Japan Kenya Kenya Libya Lybia
Mali Mali Mexico Mexico Morocco Morocco Mozambique Mozambique Namibia Namibia Niger Niger
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Republic of Congo Russian Federation Russian Federation South Africa South Africa United Kingdom United Kingdom United States USA


Luis Cuadrado


Hi there,
My name is Luis Cuadrado and I am delighted to be chairing the ECOSOC committee at this year’s KAMUN. I myself embarked on my MUN journey three years ago at the very same place where you will undoubtedly be spending an amazing weekend with inspiring debates.
I was born and raised in greater Frankfurt where I graduated from high school with a Franco-German double degree. I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Mannheim and am currently doing an internship in a bank’s regulatory affairs department in Frankfurt.
As stated above, my fascination for MUN arose in Karlsruhe in 2015. Since then, I have participated in eight more conferences, both national and international ones. Among other, I attended Harvard World MUN in Panama City which took place in March. It was at this very conference where I first got in touch with the challenges and threats cyber criminality poses to both states and its citizens. Although I was far from familiar with this topic at that time, I found the technicalities, as well as the significance of this topic very intriguing. I am convinced that you as well will have lots of fun discovering them in the course of this conference.
Apart from MUN, I spent a great deal of my free time with running sessions and watching series of course.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all in November!

Marc Kerstan


Hello everyone! My name is Marc Kerstan, I am 23 years old and currently studying Mathematics at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. I am very excited and honored to be one of the chairs of the Economic and Social Council at KaMUN 2018.

My first encounter with Model United Nations was during the second year of my bachelor’s program in Economics and Business Administration in 2015. As soon as I heard from Model UN, I was fascinated by the concept as it incorporates academic, political and social aspects in a dynamic fashion. There are many global challenges and Model UN enables us to understand how complicated these problems are and how hard it is to find a solution. Nonetheless, it also shows that understanding and cooperation is the only way to tackle those issues effectively.

KaMUN 2018 will be the second time for me to chair a committee and I am looking forward to intense debate and discussion in November.