What is a Model UN?
A Model United Nations is a conference, usually lasting between three days and a week. Gathering students – called “delegates” – together, the conference is a simulation of diplomats’ work within the United Nations. The general structure of the United Nations is reproduced: the main organs and committees are represented; delegates impersonate a country in their own committee, and adopt their country’s position about a specific topic. Debating whether in formal debate, moderated or unmoderated caucus, delegates exchange and negotiate in order to write, vote and pass a final resolution, aiming at proposing solutions to the international stakes underlain by the topic.
In the 1920s, Model United Nations used to be conferences reproducing the League of Nations’ model. Such opportunities were created to show students the importance of learning peace, dialogue and cooperation in order to avoid war, as much as to defend their country’s interests. Ever since, Model United Nations started becoming more popular and are nowadays one of the most important exercises of diplomacy. Especially recognised in English-speaking countries, MUNs occur today all around the world, with famous simulations in the United States, Russia, England, Korea, Turkey, Australia and so on.
What is PIMUN?
Model UNs becoming increasingly important, students of Universities in Paris decided to launch the Paris International Model United Nations in 2012. In 2018, our ambition is to make PIMUN one of the main UN simulations in the world, gathering 600 delegates from over 60 countries.
Aware of the constant changes and new international issues around the world, PIMUN focuses on international questions and global solutions and respects the constraints imposed by the United Nations’ rules. It is the result of an intense work produced by students throughout the year, depending on a diversified Secretariat, devoted volunteers and a serious organisation.
From its creation until its current 7th edition, PIMUN has always tried to increase its importance in Europe and around the world. Today, gathering 600 delegates, it has its position among the most prestigious European Model United Nations. Making a point of honor in having a high quality conference, PIMUN is distinguishable by its attendees (President of the French Association of the United Nations, Under-Director for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs within the United Nations, lawyers from the International Criminal Courts, etc.) and its opening and closing ceremonies in Paris. PIMUN is also known for its very well designed committees and especially when it comes to Interconnectivity, a concept officially implemented only in 2017 in the MUN world.
What is Interconnectivity?
Any event occurring in one Committee has an impact on all the others. All the Representatives of a Member State have to work closely together, and succeed at inter-Committee cooperation, to defend their Delegation’s interests with an interdisciplinary approach.
The very last session of Debate is an Extraordinary Assembly, where all Representatives are gathered to discuss a final, global Resolution.
The topic of Interconnectivity at PIMUN 2017 was « Targeting the Root Causes of Migration: Focusing on Environmental Migration». It unites the work of seven committees.
Be sure to keep posted in order to have more information on this year’s edition interconnectivity topic!