Last weekend, Lundagård reporter Giulia Masciavè visited and took part in Lunds Model United Nations where participants get to challenge their diplomatic skills by playing the role of delegate of a certain country with the aim of learning how the UN system functions.
From January 19 to January 2t, the Lund section of the United Nations (UN)- association organized a Model United Nations (MUN).
“The last time Lund Model United Nations (LUMUN) took part was in 2010. During my first year of studies in 2015, I was disappointed to find out that this initiative had been not repeated. This is one of the reasons why I joined the UN-association: to make LUMUN happen again”, says Sebastian Nilsson Qvist, the General Secretary of LUMUN Secretariat.
The local community of Lund gave financial support to this initiative and also offered the locations where LUMUN took place.
“It took a lot work and time to build up the LUMUN, the board and I tried to fit all the small elements. We are happy for the support given by both the national and local UN-association”, says Sebastian Nilsson Qvist.
About 45 students from Lund University and high schools joined LUMUN this weekend. During the event, participants were divided into the Security Council and the Human Rights Council with the aim to find resolutions to global challenges. The participants were assisted during the negotiating process by the LUMUN Secretariat.
“I have already done MUN before, in the United Kingdom. This time, I participated because I wanted to be part of the Security Council. LUMUN encourages people to develop skills to negotiate propositions not just at a political level, but also in the more common everyday life. Plus, it is a fun experience!”, comments Sam Maude, a bachelor student in International Relations.
“LUMUN challenges you to stay on the perspective of the country you are representing, even though it might go against your own perspectives”, says Thomas Kuijpers, a master student in Global Studies.