Conference Recap: Feeling 22 at CUIMUN XXII

by Sam Povey on November 11, 2016

Last weekend, delegates flooded the picturesque streets of Cambridge for the 22nd edition of Cambridge University International Model UN (CUIMUN, pronounced “coy-MUN”).

CUIMUN saw many of Cambridge’s colleges turned into committee rooms and social venues, hosting over 500 delegates and almost 50 chairs across 12 committees. Indeed, parts of Cambridge were so full of caffeine-fueled, placard carrying delegates that one local resident exclaimed, “This place is too crowded. Too many cool kids!”. 

Of course, with so many delegates, competition for awards was fierce. But after a weekend of intense debate, lobbying and partying, the following delegations emerged on top, for 2016 at least:

Best Large Delegation: UNA York

Best Small Delegation: LSE SU UN LSE

UNA York outside King's College Cambridge

UNA York outside King’s College Cambridge

LSE SU UN Society at the closing ceremony

LSE SU UN Society at the closing ceremony

The theme for this year’s conference was gender equality. And while delegates may consider MUN conferences enlightened forums of discussion, Secretary General Camille Bigot delivered a powerful message at the opening ceremony, demonstrating that sexism pervades all of society, even MUN:

“If you look at the UN Women’s committee you will find mostly women and that is unfortunate because gender issues should be discussed by everyone. And if you look at the historical crisis you will see mostly men, being driven by masculine assassination attempts!”

Nonetheless, CUIMUN was a hit with delegates, who threw themselves into the committee sessions and socials with equal amounts of energy.

A UNGA delegate delivers a speech to committee

A UNGA delegate delivers a speech to committee

Sometimes a good set of notes makes a great speech

Sometimes a good set of notes makes a great speech

Passions run high in one committee

Passions run high in one committee

The chairs of WHO

The chairs of WHO

Taking in the debate

Taking in the debate

Sec-Gen, Camille Bigot, joins the ICJ

Sec-Gen, Camille Bigot, joins the ICJ

The chairs of European Council were noted for their passion

The chairs of European Council were noted for their passion

The chairs of DISEC were noted for their . . . professionalism

The chairs of DISEC were noted for their . . . professionalism

But the delegates on the other hand...

But the delegates on the other hand…

Delegates hard at work during committee

Delegates hard at work during committee

Although, some delegates still managed to have a bit of fun

Although, some delegates still managed to have a bit of fun

Intense lobbying in the African Union

Intense lobbying in the African Union

The chair's of AU won the prize for Best Dressed on Sunday

The chair’s of AU won the prize for Best Dressed on Sunday

It turns out a four cabinet crisis is rather large

It turns out a four cabinet crisis is rather large

Assassination attempt caught on camera

Assassination attempt caught on camera

Delegates representing Gryffindor

Delegates representing Gryffindor

Yes, even chairs enjoyed Friday's social

Yes, even chairs enjoyed Friday’s social

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No caption required.

MUN-based puns always get a great response

MUN-based puns always get a great response

Saturday's formal dinner

Saturday’s formal dinner

Post-dinner club night at Lola Lo's provided a much needed chance to relax

Post-dinner club night at Lola Lo’s provided a much-needed chance to relax

Some delegates were more excited than others

Some delegates were more excited than others

Thank you to the CUIMUN press team for supply the photos!

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