University students take part in the MiMUN-UCJC Model United Nations to tackle the challenges facing the world

The Madrid Assembly hosted 168 university students from 23 universities from Spain and abroad for the opening of the third MiMUN-UCJC, Madrid International Model United Nations, held this week at Camilo José Cela University. This Model United Nations is sponsored by Banco Santander through Santander Universidades and Catergest, and in collaboration with UNICEF and ADHUE.

Taking part were the Chair of the Assembly, Mª Paloma Adrados; the Secretary General of MiMUN-UCJC, Isabel Martínez Rivas; the President of SEK Education Group, Nieves Segovia and the Rector of UCJC, Samuel Martín-Barbero.

This educational and cultural project is endorsed by the United Nations and is a great opportunity to tackle, through the eyes of the young and using their own language, the most pressing issues on the international agenda from an innovative standpoint, something essential for building the world that our young people will inherit.

In this educational experience, students must put themselves in the shoes of the delegates of the country it has fallen on them to represent, and they must find solutions to specific problems on the international agenda.

The represented United Nations bodies, Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs, the Judicial Commission, the Economic and Social Council – ECOSOC – the Security Council and Human Rights Council, read out the agreed resolutions. They have tackled topics in Spanish and English, such as protecting children from bullying; the safety of journalists and questions of impunity; the right to privacy in a digital era; the treaty on the arms trade; the need to establish a new world economic order; a World Youth Action scheme; measures to eradicate international terrorism; post-conflict peace consolidation; human rights and transnational companies and other business affairs or the promotion and protection of human rights following natural disasters and conflicts.

Characteristics of MUN Models

Model United Nations MUN are student-led initiatives for educational and training. Using different debating and negotiating skills and techniques, students simulate the work of the representatives of the member states that make up some of the bodies in the UN system.

MUN projects aim to foment a critical attitude and encourage student participation in the acquisition of the principles, values and mechanisms necessary for the peaceful resolution of conflicts. They also contribute to understanding the current international situation.

MiMUN-UCJC (Madrid International Model United Nations) is the Model United Nations organised by Camilo José University, which took place for the first time in October 2015.

The project is directed by a group of students and teachers with a rich experience of Model United Nations. UCJC can count on the previous experience of SEK Education Group, which has run Model United Nations at its schools for the past ten years.

Since 2007, SEK Education Group has organised SEKMUN Model United Nations at its schools. They are for Year 4 ESO (Mandatory Secondary Education) students and for Year 1 Baccalaureate students belonging to SEK schools and other invited international schools. Over the course of the model, students reflect and work on current affairs and international politics within the framework of the United Nations, using Spanish and English as their working languages.

The rules of procedure of MiMUN-UCJC have been drawn up along the lines of those of WORLDMUN, an organisation that originated in the University of Harvard, and to which other prestigious universities, such as Yale, Oxford, La Sorbonne et alia also belong.

Banco Santander, having sponsored this and other academic initiatives by Camilo José Cela University for years, is the company with the greatest investment in the world (Varkey Report/UNESCO-Fortune 500) and, through Santander Universidades, has over 1,100 collaboration agreements with universities and institutions in over 21 countries. More information at www.becas-santander.com

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