Students from the University of Manchester Model United Nations society (ManMUN) competed at the London International Model UN (LIMUN) conference last weekend, the largest annual university level Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Europe.
The aim of the conference was to ‘build an understanding of global challenges amongst young people that crosses borders of background, culture and nationality’, according to their official website.
1500 delegates from 53 different countries took part in this three-day conference — discussing, debating and writing resolutions relating to international challenges that the UN faces today.
Delegates from The University of Manchester represented different countries such as Afghanistan and Brazil, on various committees that make up the United Nations.
Heena Mohammed, President and Head Delegate of ManMUN and a third year Politics and International Relations undergraduate, represented Brazil on the Disarmament and International Security council. She has trained and led the society over the year and was awarded outstanding delegate at the closing ceremony.
She said: “LIMUN is always my favourite conference because it’s where I started my MUN career. LIMUN is the largest MUN conference in Europe, so there’s never a shortage of interesting people to meet!”
Naa Acquah, Vice President and Religion and Theology student, took the role of Minister of foreign affairs in the crisis committee in the Turkish cabinet. She was awarded best prepared delegate in her committee in the closing ceremony.
Naa said: “I thought the conference was great. We worked through interesting topics, met amazing people and made me even more excited to try and pursue a career on a foreign affairs and diplomacy.”
The next conference ManMUN will embark on its at the Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) in Brussels, Belgium March where 15 delegates who batted for a space, will spend 7 days in the capital of the European Union.
World MUN is the biggest annual MUN conference in the world, which attracts 2,000 college and graduate students from more than 60 countries.