Most distinguished participants,
It is my utmost honour to host you as the Deputy-Secretary General in the fourth annual session of Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip High School Model United Nations conference.
Humans, as they always had, lived in groups of societies, developing distinct cultures, values, communication systems, beliefs, relations, way of life and governance, ideas and ideals, conceptions, understanding of the universe and people, sciences of all kinds, thoughts and thought systems, philosophies and other countless characteristics to become the nations we know now. Those groups didn’t live by themselves but created various connections with others to form civilizations of the past and countries of the present.
As much distinctions there are between the characteristics of these groups, more of it there is in wealth and the quality of life between them. This first arose due different environment and geography. As the time passed by, those groups expanded into civilizations, meeting others as they spread and building relations with each other. The decisions and doings of individual authorities and personalities affected each other so the balance shifted back and forth. To overcome each other, rival civilizations developed more sophisticated ways of governance, bureaucracy, military and social facilities. This eventually made up the complex interconnected professions which we call social sciences.
As the means to achieve superiority among others became more complex, wealth gap between countries enlarged. With the first efforts of colonialism and imperialism this inequality grew even larger. From what this inequality derives is a question that requires deep knowledge and understanding of the social sciences. Finding solutions to them is even harder as it is needed to grasp the events and outcomes of the past and dynamics of the present.
The necessity for salvation of the indigent nations became evident as it was seen many times in history, after some point, exhausted by the poor conditions and ruling of foreigners, such people were pushed to take radical decisions to compete with the stronger nations. In most of the occcassions, this lead to major global conflicts and suffering of mankind.
Furthermore, As the means to gain and retain power became more complex, the empires and civilizations became more fragile than ever and collapse even in the slightest change of balance. It requaires great wit and skill to preserve the authority and the mistakes of one becames an earthquake for the civilization, thus preparing the fall of one while bringing the rise of others.
Through the theme “Civilization History: Rise and Fall” we aim to examine the milestones of the past, present issues capable of causing drastic change in the world and possible future decisions to prepare for the foreseen threats to humanity. Additionally, we wish to point out how slight is the distinction between the rise and fall of a civilization.