Dear chairs, delegates, faculty advisors and MUN enthusiasts,
It is my pleasure to invite you to the tenth edition of the Mediterranean Model United Nations (MEDMUN), which will be held from the 1st to the 3rd of April 2022 in Menton.
MEDMUN is a challenging United Nations simulation hosted by the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean studies campus of Science Po Paris. It tackles the complex political, economic and social issues facing Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African countries today.
MEDMUN is held in one of Europe’s leading Political Science and International Relations universities, one of France’s “Grandes Ecoles” and constantly strives to provide students of diverse academic and social backgrounds with an opportunity to better understand the world of diplomacy and international affairs, as well as the dynamics of the United Nations.
For our 10th anniversary, we decided to think big : Spanish will be added to the five existing languages committees : Arabic, French, English, Italian and Turkish. We are more than happy to introduce an International Criminal Court and an Ad Hoc committee as well. Finally, in addition to our world class keynote speaker during the closing and opening ceremonies, each committee will welcome its own guest speaker, who will discuss the topics the delegates will be debating.
Last year, as the International Court of Justice coordinator, I found the MEDMUN 2021 edition to be an absolute success. Despite the difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, my predecessor managed to organize a conference online and gathered hundreds of people across the world to debate and find creative solutions to pressing issues.
To move towards a brighter future, it is always important to understand the past. This year, the MEDMUN 2022 board therefore chose the theme: “10 years of MEDMUN, exploring Mediterranean affairs 2012/2021.” We want our delegates to dive into the major crises in the MENA region, understand its conflicts, and if and how they could have been prevented or better handled.
Committees will feature the dedicated UN forums and NGOs. Many of us have been preoccupied with security and freedom over the past decades, and the Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern regions are facing decisive challenges. A great emphasis will be placed on promoting common ground among our delegates and a global view to foster the importance of civil societies in the international agenda.
MEDMUN not only promises a unique academic experience, but also an opportunity to build friendships and network in a dynamic atmosphere.
May this 10th edition of MEDMUN be the best of all,
Mediterranean Model United Nations 2022