Annual Conference 2017
The 18th Annual Conference will take place from March 25th until March 31st 2017.
The United Nations headquarters in Geneva.
Geneva International Model United Nations was created in 1999. It is not only a student association but it is also a non-governmental organization, accredited by the United Nations and that has a consultative status at the Economic and Social Council. GIMUN is entirely managed by students. This year GIMUN is hosting the 18th edition of the Annual Conference, due to our proficiency in this field we can guarantee you a unique and unforgettable experience.
It is not only the chance to spend one entire week at the United Nations headquarter, but also the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, to debate in one of the most international atmospheres. GIMUN is one of the biggest MUN conferences in Europe, that is entirely bilingual—interpretation and translations are both provided in English and French. Our consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations commands us all to produce work of the highest standard. Thanks to our consultative status the resolutions produced at the end of the week will not be written in vain, as they will be sent to the ECOSOC in order to give them the youth perspective on some of the most important and current topics. This is finally a unique opportunity for students to live at the pace of Geneva during one full week an internationally renowned diplomatic center.
How to apply:
Delegates and Ambassadors: http://gimun.org/?page_id=4258
Other positions: please refer to our “Open Positons” tab on the main menu.
Information about the Annual Conference
A Model United Nations (or MUN) conference is a simulation of one or several committees within the plethora of United Nations bodies and agencies, that represent a particular Member State, International Organisation or NGO, and debate a pressing contemporary topic with the goal of producing a final policy document. The vast amount of issues that the United Nations cover allow for a wide array of debate topics, that can fit many tastes and fields of study. From the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), from the General Assembly’s Legal Committee (GA 6thLEGAL) to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and from the Security Council (SC) to UN Women, the United Nations have a lot to offer to university-level students from all backgrounds, all cultures, and all interests.
The purpose of a Model United Nations conference is to pass a final document containing key policy recommendations to serve as an example of good practice for United Nations Member States. These documents must be efficient, effective, holistic in their approach to each issue, comprehensive of different cultures and points of vue, and realistic enough to be implementable.
In our Model United Nations simulation, we strive to achieve the highest degree of realism, in order to make this conference a real pedagogical and practical experience of international diplomacy. For this to happen, we recruit for many diverse positions, all stakeholders with their particular importance and interests.
The delegates are the core of any Model United Nations conference. These are the envoys of each country, International Organisation or NGO to a particular committee. They are there to defend their interests, and promote the ideas that would be most beneficial for themselves – all in a spirit of mutual respect and diplomacy. Delegates have the difficult role of juggling between their personal convictions, their home State’s needs and restrictions, and their heavy task of convincing other States of the pertinence of their position.
A good delegate will have to have a solid preparation on the topics of his committee, a developed sense of diplomacy and consensus, and visionary analytical skills, in order to assess the complexity of international relations and the innumerable ramifications that each of her/his decisions may have. Delegates perform the most work during the week, debating, writing legal documents, amending them and voting on them.
The press is omnipresent in modern society, especially regarding decisions taken on such a large scale. Not simulating them would mean not to simulate the pressure they put on representatives, the appeal to the “general public” and it would thus strip the International Community of a key stakeholder. The press corps puts forth non-diplomatic criticism and their own enlightened opinions. By their wide diffusion of information, the journalists of the conference newspaper make and break resolutions, submit new and innovative ideas, bypass the Member States’ gag rule on their envoys and bring a whole new dimension to a Model United Nations simulation.
At the GIMUN Annual Conference, every permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations (“P5” : United Kingdom, United States of America, France, China and Russia) has two ambassadors, whose task is to help the delegates and allow a good flow of debate.
Each ambassador is responsible for three delegates of the P5 country he represents – one in three different committees. He has to make sure they respect the state’s position and take actively part in the discussions. The ambassador is also in part responsible for their preparation, by providing them with documents summarizing their state’s position regarding the topics of the committees and holding a short introductory session on Saturday March 21st 2015 (in collaboration with the other ambassador).
This position is mostly intended for students who already participated in model UN conferences similar to the GIMUN Annual Conference and would like to do something more complex and interesting. Being ambassador teaches one to be more versatile, allows to improve leaderships skills and gives the opportunity to see the committee sessions in a new light.
Presidents and Vice-Presidents
Presidents and Vice-Presidents are the representatives of the Secretariat in each committee. Highly experienced and highly trained participants are there in order to moderate the sessions, give substantive and procedural advice on the proceedings, report to the Secretaries General on the advancement of their committees, and in general have a supervisory role to help debate move in the right direction. They have the tough position of having to juggle between their authority in giving out recommendations, and the fact that they are still at the full disposal of the representatives.
Translators and Interpreters
The United Nations is in its essence multicultural. This implies a strong diversity in terms of norms and practices, but also simply in terms of spoken language. In GIMUN we try to grasp a portion of that diversity by proposing for all official documents, and formal speeches, translation and interpretation in English and French. Being students, just like all the other participants, translators and interpreters have in MUNs a unique chance to find concrete and professional experience in the field of their future careers. This professionalism transpires in their job performance throughout the conference, giving a unique atmosphere of authenticity to the conference.
The realism fostered through Model United Nations conferences can not only be found in the content of the debates, the positions covered and the interpretation, but also in the manner in which sessions are conducted. The complex Rules of Procedure of the United Nations’ bodies and specialised agencies are just barely simplified in order to offer participants a day in the life of a worker immersed within the vast United Nations system.
No words can describe the event that is a well-organised Model United Nations conference. It is not only a professional and professionalising experience, but also the perfect applied complement of academic education. It is a concentration of some of the most motivated, dedicated and educated minds of a generation. It is an eye-opening opportunity to meet young minds from around the world, acquire a universal network of contacts, share culture and ideas, socialise and have fun while putting on paper an innovative framework that will forge the International Community of tomorrow.
To conclude, the only way to fully understand what a MUN really is, to grasp the sublime life experience that lies behind this unpleasant acronym, is to step up and take part in one.
Why GIMUN ?
1) Palais des Nations
GIMUN is held annually at the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters of the United Nations. It is the only Model United Nations Conference in the world that hold its entire conference within real United Nations territory. This gives participants the chance to explore the world of the United Nations, and provides them with realistic diplomatic perspectives that cannot be acquired in other circumstances.
Each year, the Annual Conference welcomes about 200-250 participants from over 60 countries.
In 2011, the following countries were represented at GIMUN: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Benin, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mali, Morocco, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UK, Ukraine, USA.
GIMUN takes great pride in prioritizing the quality of debate during committee sessions. The Annual Conference is comprised of 6 comittees every year with a maximum of 30 participants per committee. GIMUN’s moderate size creates a pleasant and familiar atmosphere and helps to maintain a high standard of debate and discussion.
GIMUN tries to simulate the workings of UN bodies as authentically as possible. Therefore, we have adapted our rules of procedure. MUN conferences are often run by basic parliamentary rules of procedure. Last year, GIMUN has adapted its rules of procedure, to adapt them to the ones actually used in the United Nations. With our new rules of procedure, we hope to increase authenticity, as well as accord more liberties to the delegates and cultivate the flow of debate. Furthermore, GIMUN has introduced the position of Bloc Representatives for groups such as the G-24. The role of Bloc Representatives is to coordinate the countries within the group, to mediate negotiations and help in the formation of consensus.
5) Parlez-Vous Français?
GIMUN is one of the few bilingual MUN conferences, held in both English and French. Participants are encouraged to use the language of which they have the most proficient knowledge. Speeches in every committee are interpreted by interpretation students; documents such as draft resolution are translated in both languages by a team of translation students.
GIMUN organises a variety of social events throughout the week of the conference, such as an International Night, a Fondue Night, and a Gala. Thus, participants have the chance to get to know each other better, mingle outside of their committee rooms, and explore Geneva.
GIMUN has been reputed to be one of the most prestigious Model United Nations conferences in the world. Numerous important figures have shown their support for GIMUN — including former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, and Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey.
Past GIMUN Annual Conferences
The Annual Conference is one of the first bilingual models of international conferences and takes place in the “Palais des Nations”, the former headquarters of the League of Nations and the present United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Around two hundred students from all continents gather to simulate different bodies and agencies of the United Nations system.
The aim is to educate students about the work of the United Nations, to train their negotiation skills and to provide youth a platform to discuss and formulate findings and initiatives regarding pressing global issues.