The following recap was provided with the help of Saurabh Tripathi (Under Secretary General NottsMUN 2012) and NottsMUN 2012 Media for the photos!
The University of Nottingham’s MUN Society hosted its 5th annual Nottingham International Model United Nations (NottsMUN) from 16th-18th November 2012. For the first time in five years, NottsMUN was hosted in Nottingham’s University Park Campus, the greenest university campus in the world. Widely recognized as one of the best fresher’s conferences, NottsMUN 2012 aimed to provide a truly international experience, with delegates and chairs traveling from as far as Russia and the UAE to the beautiful and historic city of Nottingham.
NottsMUN 2012’s topics had been carefully researched and selected to reflect the world’s most pressing current issues. From trademark committees such as the Future Security Council, to more recent ones such as the INTERPOL, delegates debated across a wide spectrum of 9 committees, a conference record!
NottsMUN is widely appreciated for the nature and quality of its socials, and our 5th anniversary specials didn’t fail to overwhelm delegates. While The Drinks Reception was held at the iconic Pitcher and Piano, a deconsecrated church in the heart of Nottingham’s lace market, the NottsMUN Formal was hosted at the stunning East Midlands Conference Centre! Representing Cuba in the WHO, Clara said “I have been to a couple of formal dinners earlier and I have to say: It was the best. Smooth atmosphere and delicious food. Good job”. With a signature jazz band performance and some Bollywood dance, the night entertained each in its own way.
After a weekend of intense debates and negotiations, it was certain that the chairs would have a tough time selecting the award winners! The awards went to:
Best Large Delegation: University of Reading
Best Small Delegation: University College London
Congratulations to all the Best Delegates, Most Diplomatic Delegates and Honourable Mentions at NottsMUN’12! We wish you good luck ahead.
Alongside all the fun in the committee sessions, there also was a Gangnam Style war between ECOFIN and EAS-Crisis, on who does it better! With several assassinations and the formation of an entirely new nation – Sindomalay, following Singapore and Malaysia’s loss of independence, the East Asia Summit proved to be an epic crisis.
Some funny one-liners from NottsMUN’12:
In the INTERPOL committee, while debating the draft resolution – “Let’s see how we can try and make terrorism better…wait what?”
China in ECOFIN committee – “One financial disaster after another – thanks USA!”
In the UNEP, delegate of India speaking in favour of abolishing the meat industry – “Respect the holy cow!”
Delegate of Russia in the FSC- “If the USA can target a suitcase, it is ever more dangerous for us!
To check out the Gangnam Style dance of Crisis Committee, follow this link:
All in all, NottsMUN 2012 proved to be a fantastic and enriching experience for those who attended. At the sound of the gavel officially declaring the Fifth Annual Session of the Nottingham International Model United Nations closed, there was an odd mixture of feelings. On one hand, we were saying goodbye to all of the wonderful people we had met over the weekend. On the other, there is an acknowledgment that we will all meet again in the MUN ‘circuit’ and as such, we will continue to come together and discuss the worlds most pressing issues, and be active participants of the solution for the problems of today and of tomorrow.