KULMUN 2019 CONFERENCE
The KULMUN Student Association can proudly announce that its yearly MUN Conference will indeed return for an 9th edition in 2019. KULMUN 2019 is set to take place from March 5 to 9 in the city of Leuven, Belgium. A MUN or Model United Nations Conference is an educational activity in which organs of the United Nations but also other international organisations are simulated. In a simulation, the participants, or delegates, each represent a country whose policy and interests they aim to defend during negotiations concerning an international issue. The topics debated are usually present-day topics, such as the situation in Syria or the state of the European economy.
Simulations of this kind are held throughout the world, therefore KULMUN is very proud to be the host of its own conference and that already for more than 7 years. While our first conference in 2011 solely accommodated around 50 Belgian MUN enthuasiasts it has grown into a five day lasting one which hosted over 150 delegates from more than 28 countries in 2018.
We are very much looking forward to welcome you to Leuven for a sure to be memorable week!
KULMUN 2019 THEME
A World Without Frontiers:
Solutions Beyond Borders for Regional Problems Going Global
Stating that we now live in a globalised world with problems trespassing national borders sounds like a cliché. People are in fact getting accustomed to the idea that when dealing with worldwide diseases, migration flows, economic crises and global warming, frontiers are no longer relevant.
Yet, in such a peculiar moment in history in which multilateral diplomacy seems like the only viable option for regional problems going global, State leaders seek refuge within their borders, adopting short-term and blind solutions, and anchoring their speeches to a populistic rhetoric. The result of these myopic actions is a weak international framework incapable of reaching a set of so-longed-for solutions. Additionally, State leaders are unavoidably nourishing fear towards those who appear different, and adopting a selfish strategy of maximisation of national gains.
At KULMUN 2019, participants will have to overcome this short-sighted mindset and embrace a collaborative approach, seeking to maximise shared interests. They will go beyond their national walls and be assigned to different regional areas, spanning from Latin America to the African continent, from Europe to the Pacific. This years conference aims at being a voyage in search of solutions beyond borders, in which delegates, chairs and the media will be involved with pressing issues that still today remain unresolved and that affect us as citizens of the world.
What happens in Leuven will not stay in Leuven.