The following recap was submitted by Shubhavi Arya, Communications and Public Relations Manager at RIMUN Asia.
For over 2 years Reims International Model United Nations Society has hosted an annual university conference at the Sciences Po. Paris campus in Reims, France.
Sciences Po Paris
Sciences Po Paris is France’s oldest and most prestigious research university for the social sciences. Founded in 1872, Sciences Po has been aiming ever since at educating the political and diplomatic elite throughout the world – leading it to be ranked 16th in Politics in the 2013 QS World Ranking. Now welcoming more than 38% foreign students, Sciences Po is extending its world outreach with 350 partner universities worldwide. It is in that logic of openness to a globalized, multilateral global governance that Sciences Po has been promoting the creation of an MUN, carried out in the English language, and open to all university students across the globe.
Reims International Model United Nations (RIMUN) is now its fourth edition and the success it has met during the previous years integrates it more and more into the global network of MUNs that link future leaders throughout the world. The 2014 edition of the Reims International Model United Nations Conference was a great success. The Conference attracted approximately 800 delegates from all over the world, including France, Spain, UK, Czech Republic, Guinea, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Lithuania, Congo, Russia, Singapore and Italy. The delegates debated and formed solutions in the standard General Assembles, Security Council and crisis committees, and a variety of Specialized Committees.
Delegates in General Assemblies drafted resolutions that addresses the most important and complex global problems challenging world leaders today. These topics ranged from population explosion in Sub-Saharan Africa to reduction of national military budgets.
Other delegates simulated specialized organizations such as UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UN Children’s Fund and World Trade Organization. Other delegates discussed critical issues such as youth unemployment in European countries as well as North Korea’s race to nuclear power and adoption of new sanctions. At the same time, many RIMUN delegates faced critical issues affecting European Union’s foreign policy and the international community’s response to the situation in Somalia.
Outside of the committee, delegates met their counterparts from all over the world and made long-lasting friendships. RIMUN is growing bigger and bigger every year,
and the student population is about to be multiplied by 5 by 2016. This means that our conference is getting bigger and more diverse as years go by. We already count participants from all over Europe and hope to welcome delegates from more Asian countries as well.
The entirely student led staff of RIMUN enjoyed discussing global issues with students and Faculty Advisors alike, and looks forward to RIMUN 2015!
Attached are some pictures from the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as committees in the conference.