The KU Leuven Model United Nations Association and the Erasmus Student Network Leuven are proud to present:
The ESN Mini Model United Nations Debate
17th of November
Topic A: Dealing with plastic waste:
Production and disposal
Topic B: The question of creating a
Engage in one of these fascinating topics even as a complete beginner through debate with 19 of your fellow students. We will guide you through the rules of procedure and help you understand the topics before debating. Expand your understanding of international politics and find solutions to these complex problems. All of this free of charge! This event will also help you prepare for KULMUN's full-sized MUN conference happening from March 3rd to the 7th (Learn more). There is space for a total of 40 attendees split into 2 committees.
Everything you need to know:
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions:
Participating as a beginner
What is a MUN?:
A Model United Nations conference is an academic simulation of the diplomatic work done by the United Nations as well as other international bodies. Each participant is assigned a committee (i.e. United Nations Security Council, World Health Organization) along with a topic. They are then assigned a country where they will then debate the topic from the perspective of this country. Click here to learn more about the world of MUNing
How can you learn the rules?
At the very beginning of the debate, we will conduct a presentation to help explain the rules of procedure. There will also be 2 chairpersons who will moderate the debate and will be happy to answer any questions.
How can you learn the topics?
After you register the country you will represent along with a study guide will be sent to you. This study guide will help you understand the topic and help you focus the debate on certain key issues.
KULMUN2020 March 3rd-7th
Leuven's official MUN Conference:
The ESN MiniMUN is the perfect way to prepare for KULMUN's official MUN conference happening in March (Though you do not need to attend the ESN miniMUN to be a part of our main conference). Our main conference will have 150 attendees split into 6 committees from all across Europe and span a full 5 days.
Along with interesting topics to debate, you will get the chance to connect with your fellow attendees through some great social activities and parties. after each day of long debates.
Open to anyone:
No matter your degree programme, where you study or your level of MUN experience, everyone is welcome to join. Registrations will open this November.
Topics and Logistics
Happening on the 17th of November
Open to both complete Beginners and advanced MUNers
Logistics and Preparation
Everything you need to know to join and prepare:
Time and date: 17th of November starting from 9 am-6 pm
Applications close on the 15th 11:59 PM
Maximum attendees: 40 available spots split into 2 committees
Agenda: 9-10 am, explanation of rules of procedure; Lunch at 12:30 to 1:30 pm
What to bring: Laptop and charger, writing material, lunch/lunch money
Dress code: There is no dress code
Side note: Coffee will be served in the morning
Read the study guide: After applying you will be given your country and committee along with a study guide. This guide will give you all the basic knowledge of the topic and guidelines on how to approach the topics to ensure debates are not too broad.
Research your country's position: Once you have read the study guide you must study the position of your country on the topic and identify the sub-topics of greatest concern to your country. This will be the position in which you will debate from.
Note that you should not pre-prepare a draft-paper: Pre-preparing a draft resolution is considered counterproductive to the debate and negotiations.
Prepare an opening statement: The opening statement is a 30-45 second speech summarizing your countries stance on the topic.
Preparation for beginners:
Read the what is a MUN page: We recommend you read "What is a MUN" page, here you will get everything you need to start.
Rules of procedure explanation on the 17th: On the day of the debate we will spend the first-hour explaining the rules of procedure. We will then have a 15-minute long mock debate. There will be 2 chairpersons (who moderate the discussions), who will be happy to answer any questions you have before and during the debate.
Contact us: At anytime before the debate you may contact us via email and social media with any questions you may have.
United Nations Environmental Programme
The UNEP was implemented by the United Nations to coordinate the environmental activities of various organisations, assist countries in implementing sustainable policies. With environmental issues being at the forefront of public discourse, the UNEP committee will surely give participants the chance to engage in highly relevant topics.
"Managing plastic waste: Production and disposal"
The UNEP committee is perfect for beginners as it engages with a range of well known and publicised topics. It is a great way to get into the concept of Model United Nations and to learn the rules of procedures.
United Nations Environmental
The European Council is responsible for establishing Europe's political direction and priorities. It is comprised of EU member heads of state, the European council president and the president of the EU commission. With current events such as Brexit showing the great divide in European politics, this committee will undoubtedly yield very interesting debates.
"The question of establishing a European army."
The European council, though more challenging than the UNEP, is still open to beginners. An important aspect of this committee is its consensus-based voting system which grants each participant a much greater deal of influence. This means that in order to pass a proposed solution, every participant must vote yes. This essentially means that everyone in the committee has veto power, making negotiations more challenging and interesting.