The London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) is Europe’s largest college conference with a record 1,300 delegates from over 130 universities from all six continents! The conference was held at Imperial College London and this year’s theme was “Shape the Future – Right Here, Right Now.” We have photos from Opening Ceremonies, committee sessions, International Carnival Night, the Delegates’ Ball, and Closing Ceremonies.
Committees were productive with a mix of experienced and newer delegates and the Delegates’ Ball was perhaps one of the best (and definitely the classiest) social events I’ve been to for any Model UN conference. The conference had amazing diversity (it felt more international than European) and hospitality, and perhaps the most impressive part was that they charged a relatively low delegate fee but re-invested it heavily into facilities, lunch for the delegates, and other aspects that improved the delegate experience. Check it out! Also, don’t forget to check out the LIMUN blog, Facebook, and Twitter for more coverage!
Here’s our liveblog of the conference. I pulled a lot of these photos from the very proactive and very awesome Press Team, so I want to give them credit first. Thanks to Daniele Zibetti, Alisa Balakishiyeva, Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua and the rest of the Press Team for letting me share your photos of LIMUN!
Before Opening Ceremonies began, LIMUN had two workshops for delegates. One was the delegate skills workshop which was popularly attended. I noticed there were many delegates who were newer to Model UN and I think this workshop was very helpful to make sure they could be actively engaged in committee throughout the weekend. I then gave the second workshop titled “How to Grow Your Model UN Program” where I shared what other Model UN programs are doing in terms of training their teams and securing funding for their programs.
LIMUN welcomed 1,300 delegates at Opening Ceremonies which took place at the Institute of Education. Opening Ceremonies featured keynote speaker Sir Jeremy Greenstock, the Chairman of the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom (UNA-UK), who shared his diplomatic experience with students and urged them to learn about international affairs through Model UN and stay involved in this arena throughout life.
Opening Ceremonies also had a lineup of many other speakers including two who spoke about their Model UN experiences. Princess Maha Bint Abdulaziz from Saudi Arabia spoke about how Model UN inspired her to start changing the world now, and your very own Kevin Felix Chan spoke about why he left his job for Model UN and encouraged delegates to think about the way they want to learn, live, and lead in the future.
Delegates in Action
International Carnival Night
The first social event was the International Carnival Night at the Camden Centre. The event was like a remix of the Global Village events that are highly popular at international MUN conferences and a delegate dance. Delegates could choose to wear their national dress — attire that is native to their home country — and the national dresses from many countries were well represented. The night featured four cultural performances, dancing, and free carnival foods such as popcorn, candy floss, slush, and hot dogs.
The Delegates’ Ball took place at the Commonwealth Club. Delegates enjoyed a complimentary drink, food, and a night of dancing. The attire was black tie which made this event one of the classiest socials of any Model UN conference I have attended — and it was also one of the most fun!
Congrats to all the delegates and staffers this weekend. Also, thank you to Anmol Arora, Denise Chau, Valentine Chua, Sehrish Ejaz Khan, Robert Lam, Anniete Cohn-Lois, and the entire LIMUN Secretariat for being so supportive of Best Delegate!