A room full of people wearing suits, waving white country placards in the air and one person in the front counting the placards. Suddenly someone stands up and starts speaking: “Thank you Chair, the delegate of India would like to suggest a motion to move into a moderated caucus of 10 minutes ..” 

What is this? Iida Tulokas explains all. 

Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the complex, dynamic, often frantic working of the United Nations. In a three-day conference participants are allocated a country to represent in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Delegates will research a country, represent its views throughout the conference, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.

This concept is being brought to UWE the second time on the 25th-27th October. Hosted by the University’s Politics and International Relations Society (PAIRS), students each representing a state in the UN debate for 3 days, formulate groupings and try their best to convince the other delegates why their argument is the most appealing before hopefully reaching a resolution by Sunday evening.

The idea of holding a first MUN at UWE, stemmed from members of PAIRS attending the biggest MUN conference in Europe, the London International Model United Nations in February 2012. Months, days and hours of work commenced, delegates registered from a whole range of different courses, and a whole range of countries, which turned into a successful weekend where several snappy, although humorous, accusations were thrown across the room as delegates tried to have other delegates agree with their states point of view. Friendships were made and the MUN addiction took over many of the attending delegates.

For the reasons above and many more PAIRS wants to continue to organise this conference as it gives a unique opportunity to UWE students to get familiar with the exciting world of MUNs as well as network with other students while exercising their international diplomacy and debating skills. This conference helps you to develop transferable skills and is a great addition to your CV.

This year the questions the delegates need to address delve around the current crisis in Syria, how to condemn and further prevent the use of chemical weapons. If the delegates reach a resolution quickly (which is highly unlikely) a second topic they would need to look at is the use of drones and whether the international community needs to take action. These topics will hopefully spark heated debate and passionate delegates so PAIRS is eager to see what kind of battle will occur when delegates try to use their finest diplomacy skills in order to get an agreement in the room.

If you want to get involved, find out about these events or simply find out more about the PAIRS society as a whole, and the other events we do get in touch via our facebook at www.facebook.com/uwepairs, dropping us an email at uwepoliticsandir@gmail.com or register and pay the small delegates fee here: http://www.uwesu.org/events/6451/2345/.