Get to know more about the United Nations
Next to keeping themselves busy with studying, students in Groningen have the possibility to join all sorts of student, sport or cultural associations. TEIMUN, The European International Model United Nations, is one of them! Every year, TEIMUN, organizes a weeklong conference in which students can get into contact with the workings of multi-lateral diplomacy in general and the United Nations in particular. The main goal of the foundation is simple: to raise international understanding. But what is TEIMUN exactly? TEIMUN, set up 25 years ago in The Hague, has student representatives from all over the world (since 2011, TEIMUN has registrants from over 80 countries!). They aim to teach other students about the way international organizations such as the UN work, and what it is like to represent a country.
This year, the TEIMUN conference was held from 10 July 2012 till 17 July 2012 in The Hague. The theme of the conference was ‘changing seasons; spring of progress or autumn of decay?’ which had to do with radical changes that happened in 2011 around the world, and how 2012 will bring opportunities to bring changes in conflicts, and emphasize the global cooperation that is needed. During the conference, workshops and excursions around The Hague were organized. The directors from the Red Cross, Unicef and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Netherlands were invited to speak on the conference. Interested in being a participant next year? Information on next year’s conference and registration will be posted here!
Next to the TEIMUN conference, Groningen also has a model of United Nations: GrunnMUN. This is a one-day simulation similar to TEIMUN. The one-day conference is specifically for students from the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. This year’s theme was ‘individual freedom or global control?’ and focussed on phenomena such as the Arabic Spring and the use of Internet to influence politics. If you’re interested to participate in next years conference, keep an eye on their website as registration will open here. More information can be found on their Facebook-page.
By: Petra Vledder