Sarajevo Model UN ’17 Conference Details

Conference timing: September 21-24, 2017

Conference venue: Hotel Holiday, Zmaja od Bosne 4, 71000 Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina

What is Sarajevo Model UN?

Sarajevo Model UN represents an academic simulation of various multilateral bodies and agencies such as the United Nations Security Council, European Council or the International Court of Justice. The first edition of Sarajevo Model UN was held last year in partnership with the United Nations and the conference attracted over 80 participants from more than 15 countries and coming from 3 continents of the globe. Aside from academic simulations of four multilateral councils (UNSC, WHO, EC and GCC), our participants had an opportunity to engage in round tables with prominent members of the academia, representatives of the UN in BiH and members of the diplomatic corps to Bosnia and Herzegovina. For this year’s convening of Sarajevo Model UN, the Conference will have following councils will be simulated: the United Nations Security Council, United Nations Women, European Council, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The main aim of the Conference is to build foundations to catalyze interaction, and enable a vertical exchange of information and knowledge between stakeholders, policy-makers, NGOs and members of the academia on one side, and prospective young individuals and aspiring diplomats from the region. The aforementioned, will help both policy-makers and participants to develop answers to some of the current issues in the domain of multilateral diplomacy. Hence, Sarajevo Model UN is a platform for participants to experience first-hand what it means to be a diplomat working and presenting at the world’s most influential multilateral institutions. Our conference offers a new experience for participants with a passion for EU, regional and international affairs, international law, PR, lobbying and journalism. By promoting diplomacy through formal council debates, and through a series of academic round-tables, our Conference will, indubitably, educate participants; as well as inspire a new generation of diplomats, attorneys, young professionals and journalists.

The overall objective of this project is to stimulate young people in active participation in democratic processes in their societies through academic training and simulation. This project includes multiple platforms at which participants will discuss global socio-economic problems, conducted solely, in English language. Conference participants will have the opportunity to represent foreign states, which to a great extent, contributes to the development of research capabilities, critical analysis, public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills. In addition to that, one of the goals of this conference is promote academic development of the youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina and offer them a gateway to the global contemporary academic movement. Additionally, our participants will become active participants in creating sustainable socio-economic solutions to some of the global and regional issues.

In partnership with the United Nations in BiH, Directorate for European Integrations, SPARK Business Park, Sarajevo International Airport and hotel Holiday, we are looking forward to host 100 future diplomats and global citizens for the Sarajevo Model UN 2017 edition.

Join the movement of shaping future diplomats, apply for Sarajevo Model UN 2017!

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Are you new to the Model UN world and are not sure what it actually stands for? Check below 5 short reasons why participating at Model UN conferences is beneficial to you and why you should apply for Sarajevo Model UN this September for hands-on experience of diplomacy.

1. Model UN is a simulation of bodies of multilateral organizations, such as the United Nations, NATO Alliance, International Court of Justice, Arab League and others. Student role-play the ambassadors or heads of state, debating pressing issues ranging from maternal health and landmines to promoting literacy – depending on a council and topic.

2. Model UN is student-centered.
Often led by students, Model UN programs, started at universities over sixty years ago, soon grew to schools and colleges all over the world. From public speaking to critical thinking and in-depth research, student delegates draw a wealth of knowledge from the Model UN experience.

3. Model UN is flexible.
Since the 1940s, flourishing Model UN clubs and conferences have led both students and schools to use Model UN in innovative ways. Some schools use Model UN as part of their social studies class curriculum or as a platform for development of soft skills; others support their students in planning conferences as a leadership opportunity.

4. It has gained popularity worldwide
More than one million people have participated in Model UN conferences around the world since the activity became popular. Today there are well over 400 conferences that take place in 52 countries. Conference can have as few as 30 students or as many as 3,000.

5. Today’s world leaders were once Model UNers.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Former UN USG for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka, president of the International Court of Justice Stephen M. Schwebel and U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Suzan G. LeVine have all  benefited from their experiences in Model UN.