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The African Union (AU), a regional committee containing 55 member states, is one of the UN’s most recently founded continental unions, having been established only 16 years ago in 2001. Along with its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the AU has worked to achieve its vision of “an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in [the] global arena.”

Operating from its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the AU serves as an umbrella organization to the eight most prominent African regional committees, including the UMA, SADC, and EAC to list a few. The AU has the jurisdiction to give directives to the AU Executive, Peace, and Security Councils, and can intervene in conflicts between its Member States. It also makes decisions on reports and recommendations, establishes new committees, and amends the Constitutive Act, which is the equivalent of its Constitution.

The African Union uses administrative and militaristic measures to work towards peace and unity within the African continent, focusing on issues such as maintaining democratic governance, combating corruption, and assisting developing economies. It has played a key role in resolving regional conflicts within Africa by writing proposals, contributing to amendments, and submitting resolutions.

Position Papers are mandatory, and must be turned in to the dais by 11:59PM on Nov 5, 2017. The dais’ e-mail address is Late position papers will not be considered for an award unless an extension has been requested by the delegate and approved by the dais at least 24 hours in advance.

Further questions or inquiries can be directed to the dais at

Topic 1: Foreign Investment

Topic 2: Access to Secondary Education

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Janick Gold


Janick Gold is a junior at Inglemoor High School, where he is a member of leadership for their Model UN club. Janick began Model UN as a sophomore, and has attended conferences such as PACMUN, VMUN, and STEMUN. Over the last year, he has developed an interested in African history and politics, and is very excited to be staffing a committee that will be discussing topics he is passionate about. Outside of MUN, Janick likes linguistics, playing and watching soccer, and mountaineering.

Andrew Wang


Andrew is a sophomore at Interlake High School, and he is pretty stoked to chair for the AU at PACMUN 2017. He has been to five conferences, but this is his first time serving on the Dais. He joined MUN in freshman year and never regretted that choice because of a growing admiration for the realistic problem solving process delegates applied in committee. When not attending MUN conferences or attending MUN meetings, Andrew cannot be seen because he is holed up at home mastering his antisocial abilities. Andrew looks forward to working with all attendees to make PACMUN 2017 unforgettable!

Amrutha Srikanth

Assistant Director

Amrutha Srikanth is a sophomore at Tesla STEM High School and is very excited to be one of the Assistant Directors of the AU at PACMUN 2017! Amrutha joined MUN last year and immediately fell in love with the imaginary power given to her. Amrutha has attended 4 conferences so far and is looking forward to staffing this year at PACMUN 2017. Outside of MUN, she enjoys baking, playing the violin, and fangirling over various fandoms. Amrutha hopes to see you in the AU at PACMUN 2017!

Vivek Dutta

Assistant Director

Vivek is a rising junior at Interlake High School, where he is an active member of the Model UN club. Having joined MUN in his sophomore year after a newfound passion for diplomacy, he has gone on to attend multiple conferences including PACMUN, WASMUN, and KINGMUN. Outside of school, he enjoys coming up with creative solutions to help the community and is an active member of Bellevue’s Youth Link organization. In his leisure time, he likes to play soccer, hang out with friends, and waste endless hours surfing the internet. This is Vivek’s first conference staffing, and he is excited to work with the other secretariat and dais members to make PACMUN 2017 a memorable experience.