Lima Model United Nations (LiMUN) 2013: Recap

by ginnytan on November 6, 2013

This recap was provided by Michelle Ann Meza Reusche, LiMUN 2013 Secretary-General – Chief Advisor for HNMUN 2014 Peruvian Universities, and Maria del Pilar Lindley Esteves, Director for the Committee on Primary Education Development – AENU Peru Director General.

1148750_569990029709970_1627613697_n

On August 8th, more than 180 high school students from a variety of districts within the capital city of Lima gathered in the auditorium of la Universidad de Lima to participate in Lima Model United Nations (LiMUN) 2013. The excitement could be felt from the moment they stepped into the auditorium. For most of them, this would be their first MUN experience, although some students had already participated in LiMUN 2012. The three days of conference proved that LiMUN 2013 was a complete success. The anxiety and enthusiasm among the delegates were indescribable, especially as the Committee Directors announced the awards and the Secretary General approached the podium during the Closing Ceremony to announce the closure of the Second Edition of Lima Model United Nations.

LiMUN – An Initiative by AENU Peru

AENU Peru is a non-profit organization that was born from the curiosity and initiative of a group of Peruvian students interested in debate and global issues. It all started in the year 2005, when a group of Law students from Universidad de Lima decided to form the “Círculo de Estudios sobre las Naciones Unidas” (CENU) to participate in Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) 2006 for the first time. They returned year after year, each time achieving better results thanks to the endurance and dedication of our members. Finally, in the year 2010, the CENU became an independent association under the name AENU Peru, allowing students from other universities and other academic disciplines besides law to become part of our “Peruvian Universities” team. After several years of success in HNMUN, AENU Peru decided to start participating in Harvard World Model United Nations (HWMUN) in 2012. The success of our association is the direct result of the commitment and perseverance of our members. Not only have we managed to win 18 awards in these competitions; more importantly, we have been the driving force that has steered the MUN boom in Peru.

In 2012, we started a new project: Lima Model United Nations (LiMUN). We thought about the importance of using our experience for a bigger purpose and for the benefit of our country’s youth. We realized the importance of including school students and initiating them in their MUN life from an early stage. To this end, AENU Peru worked together with Universidad de Lima to bring the first MUN conference for schools, Lima Model United Nations 2012 (LIMUN). This first session was a complete success, allowing more than 100 students to get an insight into what an MUN conference is like. We decided this project should become an annual conference, and we worked during several months to make LiMUN 2013 an even better experience.

 The LiMUN Philosophy

AENU Peru strongly believes LiMUN is definitely more that just a conference, as it was our first step towards developing new MUN projects for Peruvian students. Our experience has led us to discover the importance of responsible leadership in achieving effective changes in our society. This is why we decided to develop this new project and to invite younger students to become part of the MUN experience. We decided to start modeling future leaders from an earlier stage than before.

At first we were doubtful about the results among our young public. After all, the MUN culture had still not touched the heart of schools and students up to then, since most of our projects had been aimed at University students. However, LiMUN in its very first edition (2012), surpassed our initial expectations, gathering around 130 students willing to live their first MUN experience. LiMUN 2013 gathered almost 200 students, and confirmed our belief that this project had been born to stay.

Delegates actively participating in the committee.

Delegates actively participating in the committee

LiMUN 2013 Experience

LiMUN 2013 took place from August 8th to August 10th at Universidad de Lima, in Lima, Peru. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” was the slogan that motivated almost 200 delegates from 13 different schools from all across Lima to participate enthusiastically in this conference. The 185 delegates who participated signed up as 37 delegations of 5 students in order to participate in the five committees we offered this year. These committees addressed the most delicate issues currently being discussed in the highest forums and committees of the United Nations. From the present crisis of the Syrian Refugees, to the Millennium Development goal of Primary Education Development, passing through the topics of Human Trafficking, Access to Medicine and Climate Change and Conflict, young students were challenged with the authentic and most critical global realities.

Furthermore, la Universidad de Lima allowed us to use their capital market computer laboratory as the headquarters for the Press Staff operations. The advantage offered by the capital market computer laboratory was that this room allowed us to control the T.V. screens outside the committee rooms, enabling us to display the updates and news about the heated negotiations, intense lobbying and drafting processes that were taking place inside and outside the rooms.

Our Press Team was in charge of preparing and delivering updates, to each committee. The purpose of the updates was to bring a dynamic nature to the debate and to help students to become more engaged and interested in the topic being discussed. However, updates were also provided to test delegates’ ability to respond to new problems in a quick but effective way, as they knew adaptability to new ongoing outbreaks was a critical aspect in the evaluation of their performances. The Press Team surprised both the delegates and the staff this year by producing creative updates that went from a disabled girl visiting the Primary Education Development Committee to talk about her limitations regarding access to education, to a delegate being kidnapped in the Human Trafficking Committee and an overwhelming zombie attack due to an epidemic outbreak in the Access to Medicine Committee.

On the other hand, the Committee Directors presented consistent information that led delegates to model their resolutions in the most realistic and creative manner, while addressing the issues being discussed. Furthermore, it is impossible to forget the outstanding work done by the teachers, who played the role of advisers for their delegations and kept moving from committee to committee in order to evaluate their students’ performance and give them advice when considered appropriate.

The LiMUN 2013 Staff consisted of a Secretary-General and an Under-Secretary-General, as well as a Logistics Director, a Press Director and a Director for Substantial Affairs, and nearly 30 additional members who worked as part of the different teams. The Staff decided to concentrate on the delegates and teachers in order to enhance their learning experience. To this end, we improved last year’s Teachers Workshop and implemented a new Delegates Workshop, both aimed at explaining the basics of MUN, revising the Rules of Procedure and Conference Policies, and carefully describing the official format to present Position Papers, Working Papers and Draft Resolutions. The criteria that would be use to evaluate their performances was also explained, and both teachers and students clearly understood what we expected from them in this Second Edition of Lima Model United Nations. The Workshops could not end without the teachers and students asking questions in two explanatory sessions that lasted over two hours each!

To sum up, if we have to recall what LiMUN 2013 means to us, we can surely affirm that it has been much more than just a conference. It has been a challenge for both the LiMUN 2013 Staff and the delegates, and a realization of our contribution to the education of our country for AENU Peru. We have certainly started a journey with a young public of future leaders who are already working under the flagships of international commitment and global responsibility, values that were explicitly recalled in the closing ceremony by the Secretary General.

As members of the LiMUN 2013 Staff, we believe that being the pioneers of MUN in Peru has brought us thousands of rewarding results. We have managed to contribute to the education of our country, by raising awareness about international issues, developing knowledge and debate skills, and teaching students about the importance of team work, dedication and perseverance. We doubt that what we have done so far will be able to affect national education to such an extent as considered in the Millennium Development Goals. However, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and we are definitely on path towards making a substantial change in our society by forming leaders and agents of change in our community.

The Future of LiMUN

From 2012 to 2013, the number of delegates participating increased by around 40%, and delegates showed a huge improvement in their understanding of MUN rules and their development of MUN abilities. We expect this positive trend to continue over the next years. Furthermore, we are sure that LiMUN is here to stay, and we will definitely improve our conference and offer better and more interesting options for schools and delegated each year, as we learn from our own experience. We want to extend this invitation to High School Students from all around the world to participate in LiMUN 2014. We promise this will be a unique experience you will never forget!

The Press Team prepares for an update

 

Visit our website, our Facebook page, or email us at limun@nullaenuperu.org.

  • Someone

    A great initiative, but with some inaccuracies. “After all, the MUN culture had still not touched the heart of schools and students up to then, (…)”
    Except for the fact that there has been a high school circuit since before 2008.

    • Maria del Pilar Lindley Esteve

      Dear Someone,
      While there are some MUN-related activities in a small number of Peruvian high schools (where we have offered our collaboration as chairs in more than one occasion in the past), this only happens in British Schools (no more than 5 out of the hundreds of schools in Lima). LiMUN, on the other hand, tries to reach students from ALL high schools in the city of Lima. And why are we doing this? Because our experience (after 9 years of MUN activities at university level) has taught us that most Peruvian university freshmen enter our team with little to no background on Model United Nations. Furthermore, it is Peruvian University’s goal to promote Model United Nations in Peru to the widest extent possible. To that end, we would be more than happy to get to know more about your MUN experience. If you are interested, please write back to us at aenuperu@nullaenuperu.org.

      • Someone

        Like I said, I do think it’s a great initiative. And I agree and appreciate your work. Just wanted to clarify that small detail.

        • Guest

          Sorry, but at which point does the article categorically states there are no other MUN groups in Peru?

          All it implies is that MUN is not very well known among Peruvian High Schools in general. Which you kind of confirmed with your post above.

          • Guest

            I think Someone even included a quote – “After all, the MUN culture had still not touched the heart of schools and students up to then, (…)” – As a fellow Peruvian MUNer, I had the same feelings as Someone reading the article. I really enjoyed my LiMUN experience and would go again in a heartbeat, but throughout the article, I felt like the previous efforts of schools to promote MUN in Peru were being ignored. I think that anyone who has ever organized a conference or participated in one knows how much work is put in and to be kind of ignored for the sake of writing an article, frankly, sucks. We MUNers are incredibly passionate about spreading its popularity in Peru and it felt like we were being disregarded. That being said, I would like to congratulate AENU and the LiMUN staff on a very successful conference and hope they continue with their work. It’s always great to see Peru on the map for something that I consider as important as MUN.

          • Guest

            I think youre simply misreading the quote.

            “After all, the MUN culture had still not touched the heart of schools and students up to then, (…)”.

            Of course it hadnt. And it hasnt. Too few people get to experience MUN in Peru these days – and even fewer before AENU. The fact that you have been fortunate enough to experience it doesnt means there is an “MUN culture” in Peru. There isnt. AENU has tried to instill one, and has made great progress, but it is still very much an undergoing challenge – a challenge you and your circuit are part of, by the way. No one is denying that.

          • AGD

            I think there is a misunderstanding as to what this article expects to accomplish. The way I see it, this is not a “History of MUN in Peru”. This is a “LiMUN recap”. It is designed to tell the story of LiMUN, an AENU Peru project. Nothing less, nothing more. To be honest, nothing forbids other Peruvian MUN organizations to approach Best Delegate to tell their story. And quite frankly, at least I would love for that to happen! The more MUN, the better!

            Cheers!

            Alonso

  • Giorgio Massari Figari

    This article is not correct. The first LIMUN conference was held in 2001. The initiative to participate in HNMUN came out from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru who attended in 2005. They then extended the invitation to U. de Lima.

    Also, Markham College, together with the other UK Schools in Lima have held several LIMUN conferences.

    It is welcoming that AENU has continued with the work of expanding MUN in Peru, but do not claim being pionneers or the first ones to attend to international conferences. That is a complete and utter lie.

    • Someone

      Thank you! Markham, and other high schools, have also travelled to international conferences. Kind of odd how the work of the MUN committee has been ignored.

      • Guest

        At what point in the article does AENU denies that this is the case?

    • AGD

      Dear Giorgio, you more than anyone knows that the spirit of MUN competition is based in cooperation and respect. To that extent, while you may have disagreements with our recollection, your accusations of “complete and utter lie” are both uncalled for and unbecoming of the MUN tradition.

      I believe that the basis of our disagreement is the fact that you seem to be confusing the history of AENU Peru as an institution with the history of MUN in Peru in general. First of all, we are not unaware nor wish to undermine PUCP’s role in the early beginnings of the Peruvian MUN experience. The PUCP MUN Delegation successfully participated in two HNMUN conferences (2005-2006) and we, as fellow Peruvians, have always been happy to share their success story with the wider MUN community. We truly regret that the team was discontinued because it was a group of excellent individuals. Several of our members and alumni are good friends with those delegates and we consider them fellow MUNers. However AENU’s story is completely unrelated to that of PUCP’s; and the Universidad de Lima Delegation was at no time dependent on that of PUCP. And after successful participation in five HNMUN conferences (2006-2010), it alone decided to incorporate AENU Peru, with the specific intention of promoting MUN values to the largest possible number of University students, without regard to which University they were enrolled in. And after several years absent from the circuit, it was thanks to our Peruvian Universities Delegation that PUCP students have successfully returned to HNMUN. In fact, our current Delegation has 14 PUCP students (30%). We are proud and happy that they are a part of the Peruvian Universities family. We simply do not see this as an “us against them” situation, as you seem to do.

      With regard to LiMUN, it is a project of AENU Peru and is unrelated to any other conference which may have occurred in 2001. To our knowledge, there currently is no other school level MUN conference running under the LiMUN name. We are simply not talking about the same thing. In particular, in two years of organizing LiMUN, we have not heard from Markham or any other school with regard to this.

      Finally, I regret that you take issue with the fact that we consider ourselves pioneers of MUN in Peru. Like I said, we are not trying to undermine PUCP’s –or to that matter your- role in the promotion of MUN in Peru. However, and in the same vein, your merits do not undermine ours. At the time you started the PUCP Delegation and at the time the Universidad de Lima Delegation was created, MUN was not nearly as known in Peru as it is today. It was through hard work and effort of many individuals –you included- that Peruvian MUN has come to be what it is today. However, we do believe we have had a substantial role to play in the dissemination of MUN and we do believe that we disserve the right to call ourselves pioneers in this effort. Again, we simply do not see this as an “us against them” dilemma, this is precisely what 9 years of MUN experience have showed us and we regret that you are not able to meet us eye to eye on this regard.

      I sincerely hope to have clarified your doubts with regard to our position. It is cooperation and respect that has got Peruvian MUN to where it is today. It would be a shame to lose that spirit after all this years. That said however if you feel you need to discuss issues with us further, please, write to us to aenuperu@nullaenuperu.org

      Kinds regards,

      Alonso Gurmendi
      AENU Peru Advisory Council

    • Guest

      This post stinks of sour grapes, chap.

      At no point in this article do AENU claims to be the “first ones to attend international conferences”. I do not know where you got that from.

      Neither did any university or organization “extended an invitation” to ULima to attend HNMUN back in 2006. Anyone can google “HNMUN” and apply. Its not as if an “invitation” is required, as readers of this site know. What I recollect is that someone (probably you) simply told a friend from ULima about HNMUN and how great it was, and the idea came from there. But thats pretty much it.

      I am familiar with past MUNs organised by British Schools in Lima – some of whom now compete in LiMUN. Those MUNs were fun, bu you cannot realistically compared them to 45-plus schools, 250-students LiMUN. They are simply not in the same league.

      • Micaela Bullard

        As a participant in both LIMUN and Lima’s high school Conferences (MarkhamMUN, SSMUN, NEWMUN and LiMUN, which is also organized by ADCA schools every year since 2009), and who has also represented Peru at HMUN three times, I can personally state that I believe thinking that “you cannot realistically compare them to 35-plus delegations, 200-students, 3 days long LiMUN” may very well be an erroneous conclusion. All ADCA conferences gather more than 100 delegates, with SSMUN this year gathering a total of about 180 (which I believe is the same as LIMUN had). These represent not only British schools from Lima but also delegates from Cajamarca, Trujillo and Huaraz. Although these are not three day conferences, they do display a superior variety in available committees to that of LIMUN, which had five Ad Hoc committees (whilst school MUNs generally have one or two GAs, a joint crisis cabinet, a futuristic assembly and a historical crisis committee), and showcase, in my own personal opinion, a degree of experience and depth of debate that was not quite reached at LIMUN this year. Delegates from these conferences have represented Peru at not only Harvard, but also at the Hague, Paris and Panama. I can totally understand why other usernames are believing the work of these delegates and their facilitators to be disregarded in the article, and that AENU, in spite of their brilliant and innovative approach to the issue, really can’t claim that they are the “pioneers of MUN in Peru”, at least where high schools are concerned.

        • Guest

          1. Only two people have actually used the word “pioneer” in this whole exchange: Giorgio Massari and you.

          Stop lambasting AENU for thins they havent even said :S

          2. If my conclusion about the scope of other high school MUNs is erroneous, thats perfectly fine. In that case, I would encourage you to use the tools at your disposal and raise awareness about those conferences instead of simply criticising other people for not giving you the credit you are not willing to claim for yourself.

          3. This is an article about AENU´s proyects. As the CM said, everyone – you included – is entitled to send an article to Best Delegate about your MUN program.

          Why is that you expect AENU to act as your marketing manager? Its not their job.

          • Micaela Bullard

            I wouldn’t call this a case of “sour grapes”. As I tried to let show in my comment, I do admire and appreciate the work that AENU does (their conference was very enjoyable).

            You seem to think that what I am criticizing is AENUs sharing of their successes in this article, which I am not. I celebrate them too. I am merely pointing out that some of the ideas presented in this article, such as the fact that LIMUN was the first MUN conference for highschoolers of this scope, or that AENU
            initiated the involvement of school students in MUN, are not entirely precise.

            I do not in any way believe that AENU should mention previous conferences. As you point out, this is an article about AENU, and credit is due where credit is due. What seems to have bothered other usernames, as well as myself, is not the fact that
            this article was published or that it failed to mention other conferences, but that it presented a slightly erroneous panorama of how MUN for high schools has developed in Peru.

            Of course I agree in that AENU should market their achievements, after all, raising awareness of MUN is a goal which all MUNers should strive for. But it should be done it without needing to forego a very ample background of MUN conferences which have taken place in Lima already. Simply stating that AENU organized an amazing, well-rounded and entertaining conference would have sufficed, as opposed to
            wrongly claiming it to be the first of its kind in Peru, which it may not be. Marketing should be done but in a transparent way, and the article does provide a slightly inflated vision of events.

            Also, my comment specifically pointed out that AENU’s pioneer status was only in doubt when concerning its initial involvement in HIGH SCHOOLS. Of course I agree that AENU has propelled MUN efforts in Peruvian universities, and done an amazing
            job at it. But I may remind you that the top five rankings of Best Delegate in which AENU was mentioned refer to university teams. Although I do not doubt that AENU has had a wonderfully boosting effect in high school MUNs, and hope it will continue to do so in the future, we must accept that the initial pioneering efforts of MUN in Peru have actually been set in motion by British schools.

            It is not a complaint about marketing. It is an issue concerning the depiction of a slightly distorted version of events.

        • AGD

          Dear Micaela, first of all allow me to congratulate you on your success. It is wonderful to know that Peruvian high-school MUNers are doing so well internationally. That said, however I fear there is a misunderstanding as to what this article is trying to achieve. This is an article about AENU and one of its projects. It is not intended to tell the entire history of Peruvian MUNs.

          I have been involved with training MUN teams at the university level since 2007. I can assure you that most of our team members had their fist MUN experience with AENU, and not in high-school. We are trying to help change that reality and we do believe that LiMUN offers an unparalleled experience in Peru for which it does deserve to call itself a “first”. We may, of course, disagree, but I hope that does not push us away from the ultimate goal of working together towards the larger goal of promoting MUN culture, a culture precisely based on collaboration and team-work.

          With that spirit in mind, if you think there are issues that are not getting the attention they deserve in our country, instead of arguing in an online comment section, perhaps it is best we get together. After all, we’re all in this together, and we may be able to help!

          I wish you the best of luck in your next MUN endeavors!

          Best,

          Alonso Gurmendi
          AENU Advisory Council

    • Someone

      It is a shame when some people cannot feel happy for the success of their fellow countrymen. After reading all this posts I can understand that while AENU promotes the MUN spirit and cooperation between Universities, this guy Giorgio only tries to undermine the efforts of other Peruvians. Let him answer, from 2006 to the date, what has he done for MUN in his country? This is not
      about the awards…. sorry the recognition, this is about promoting MUN around
      the world.

      We are happy to see how MUN is getting known in Peru, we are happy for all Latin Americans, we will like to see more of them in International Conferences. Congratulations to AENU!!

  • Julian

    Hello, all!

    We in the Spanish Media team at Best Delegate are delighted to see such a large amount of interest in Model United Nations in Peru.

    We are aware that there is a disagreement emerging regarding the details of this article. We would like to stress that this is a guest post from merely one of many perspectives. We thoroughly encourage other Peruvian and other Latin American teams and conferences to contact us with your unique perspectives concerning their experiences in Model UN both in Latin America and abroad. If we feel your article or conference recap adequately engages the Model UN community, we’ll be happy to post it up!

    My name is Julian Bava, and I am the Manager of Spanish Media at Best Delegate. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at julianpr@nullbestdelegate.com.

    Thank you!

Previous post:

Next post: