London International Model United Nations (LIMUN)
LIMUN is the largest annual university level MUN conference in Europe, set in the world’s most cosmopolitan city. Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the different United Nations organs and other forums of international relations and asks young people to take on the role of world leaders. LIMUN has a reputation for its exceptional standard of debate, set in London’s unique and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Each year LIMUN welcome more than 1500 delegates from across the world to London to debate some of the most pressing issues within the global agenda.
LIMUN is divided in commitees. From international security to international development, from climate change to social change, LIMUN’s agenda provides for every interest and speciality. These are divided according to level of experience, with committees for beginners, intermediate and advanced delegates. This was my first LIMUN. So I was in one of the committee for beginners: SPECPOL (Special, Political, and Decolonization Committee) in representation of Rwanda.
The experience is unique and challenging. I would say that I strongly recommend the activity for people who are studying or really interested in those topics. LIMUN has a requirements to be prepared for the debate. They engage young people to participate actively in the discussions in real issues around the world, taking into account the position of each country. Your committee will send to you in advance the topics that will be discussed during the three days of the activity. Then, they expect for you to send them a position paper in advance, and this paper will be the base for you to debate.
During the activity with you committee you will find people really passionate and involved in the role of being a representative of a particular country. So, is in this moment when you realised how this activity is useful in your career and personal life. The debate and discussion allow you to improve or develop your skill for negotiation and diplomatic communication. It is extremely important to communicate your ideas in a proper way, taking into account that your are talking with your partners, and they are ‘diplomatics’ from other countries, people that you may need to make alliances later, deals or negotiations.
On the other hand, do you really know how to explain and support your ideas? Debating is not only discuss about one topic. It is about to select the best argument to support the main idea. It is about being confident about the believes and vision of your country, but flexible enough to understand that the world needs new strategies to be better and we are all part of it and some time we have to take a step toward change.
Lastly, I would like to say that MUN should be learned in school around the world. These new generation should be aware about different issues happening in the global agenda waiting for prompt solutions and willing people to take part of the challenge to improve the social, environmental and economic situation in different parts if the world. All of us should be involved in the desire of live in a better world.