ポストコロナ時代と呼ばれる現在の国際社会は変動が激しく、今後の方向性を見定めることが 難しい状況にあります。「コロナ禍以前の時代」に戻ろうとする動きが多くの国で見られる一方で、活発で自由な国際交流を阻む壁も存在しています。また、国境を越えた新たな紛争の勃発 は、直接の当事国だけでなく、地政学的な近隣諸国や経済パートナーにも影響を与え、結果として世界的なインフレや食糧不足、安全保障上の懸念が強まっています。このような世界は、 VUCA（Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity）という言葉で表現され、これらの問題には国を跨いで協働して対処していかなければなりません。
現在の国際社会では、「持続可能な開発目標（SDGs）」のような共通の目標を達成するため の世界的な協力が絶えず求められています。これは、世界の平和を維持するために、一貫した国際対話と協力がいかに重要であるかを示唆しています。また、多様な国際社会を尊重しつつ、共 通の目標に向かって次世代をリードするリーダー候補を若い世代から発掘することの重要性も高まっています。
そこで、第69回国際学生会議（ISC69）では、世界各地から次世代の先駆者となるべき学生を 招待します。今回の会議は、参加者が世界規模での問題意識を高め、世界を革新する可能性を積極的に発見し、共通の目標に向かって集団的かつ有意義な行動を取ることを目的としています。 ISC69は、「多様性」「持続可能性」「尊重」という3つのキーワードを元にして掲げられた今年度の目標「次世代を担う開拓者になろう~多様性に溢れ、持続可能で互いを尊重しあえる社会を目 指して~」を達成するよう努めます。国際社会が「人と地球の平和と繁栄」に向かっていることを考えると、これからの地球社会は、多様なコミュティーの中で誰もが持続可能であるべきであ り、互いを「尊重」することによって、それぞれが持つ違いを認識し協調することができるようになるはずです。
Led by Akiko Orui
While digital technologies and the role of the internet has been regarded as one of the antecedents of globalization and the age of information, contemporary forms of nationalism challenges the idea of the free internet. Nation states are proposing to have their own and separate database, network and set of rules for their own nationalistic interests.
The question of “Who governs the internet?” becomes an issue when the fear of borderless communication possibly compromising the domestic digital economy takes place. An instability in cyberspace is just as damaging as climate change; therefore, an analysis of contemporary nationalism with its link to the global communication ecology is essential to solve this issue.
GENDER AND LGBTQ+
Combating Gender and Sexuality based discrimination
Inclusivity is essential in our diverse world. The theme for this table will revolve around, - Now and Future Progress Beyond the Gender Binary and Sexuality. This table aims to investigate the present and potential progress and dynamics of genders, spanning from the role of states and organizations in establishing gender space to the modern gender discussion. It starts small, from media representation of the stereotypes to brutal gender-based violence. What can be done to protect the rights of the non-binary?
Will promoting the rights of LGBTQ and non-binary have setbacks in the future? These are the few questions this table will tackle and explore various possibilities. Being the youth, it is our responsibility to find the key to such global issues even a small change can create a ripple effect. People have limited knowledge about gender and sexuality. Simple activities can be stewing for people who don't fit in the gender binary column. They experience harassment and other crimes daily. Less awareness and education create stereotypes and taboos that make them feel out of place. Further, suffer from mental health issues.
MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT DURING WORLD HEALTH EMERGENCIES
Addressing mental health impacts of world health emergencies
Led by Purvasri Das
Led by Chhavi Mahaur
Public health emergencies have been occurring through the course of history in human civilization. Be it in terms of war, natural calamities or the recent COVID pandemic. As a result, mass suffering is visible which often brings out the gaps and loopholes in health systems across the nations. These insufficient and inaccessible health systems often deepen disparity and inequities – further exacerbating the burden on the people and society as a whole. This burden often translates into mental health implications which often remain invisibilized due to the stigma attached to mental health (especially in the southeast Asian, Middle-eastern context, among many and interplay with cultures across diverse countries in the world) and lack of awareness – thus, deepening mental health concerns and leaving them unaddressed.
The globe is a diverse place with different issues, challenges which often see systems collapse at the time of emergency and there comes the disparity in reaction and damage control. These often take a toll on the citizens as they get reduced to digits and carry the burden of emergencies alone. Moreover, the disparity between the socio-economically secure people and the others widens. This directly and severely impacts their mental health without addressing the prevalent problem.
GREEN ECONOMY TRANSITION
Building resiliency through digital innovations
The earth has been seeing unprecedented changes in the context of environmental sustainability. This is evidenced by climate change, the increasing level of deforestation, the rapid decline of clean water, soil erosion and many others. To mitigate the risks and dangers posed by deteriorating environment conditions, the concept of sustainable development has been refined within the past decades, from only discussing the pathway to sustainable forest management, to becoming a holistic approach and strategy that prioritizes desirable living conditions in the long term. This concept aims to create solutions for the well-being of humans, which was measured by, such as but not limited to, health and the fulfillment of material needs, such as clean air and water, opportunities for education and employment, and access to sufficient nutrition.
A green approach for the economy aims for net zero carbon emission, efficiency in using resources, and creating a more inclusive society. To achieve a green economy, resources are not used minimally, but optimally to boost growth in employment, income, and welfare, while preventing the deterioration of biodiversity and ecosystem. Meanwhile, the digital economy focuses on transforming economic activities into a non-physical world through internet connections between people, devices, businesses, government, and et cetera.
COVID-19 and Inequality
Inequality has been one of the greatest challenges of our society, and income inequality is possibly the vital one of the branches. Its impacts like unemployment, poverty, and strict social restrictions, rose further into related inequalities starting to appear, and even deaths caused by Covid-19 also indicate the movement of quarterly GDP, which led to contraction, or even recession. Many were forced to work or study at home, resulting in social ostracism, but new services benefitted some to gain their profit by attempting to monopolise the market, thus widening the gap between the poor and the rich even more.