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The Fifth Edition of Student Simulation of the UN at the University of Economics, Prague

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IMG_1043In the days from 8th to 11th February 2016, a student organization based at the Faculty of International Relations, Model United Nations Prague o. s., organized an annual international UN simulation called PragueMUN. The PragueMUN simulations are held at the University of Economics since 2012.

This year’s edition of the Prague Model United Nations Conference 2016 was attended by nearly 200 students from 20 countries who as diplomatic delegates were representing assigned countries at 7 committees. In addition to traditional committees such as the UNSC (Security Council) and the UN HRC (Human Rights Council), organizers decided to offer participants an opportunity to practice sessions in a specialized entity of the UN Women, which deals with gender equality in society, also to focus on the use of atomic energy in the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), to apply knowledge of world trade in the WTO (World Trade Organization), to deal with security issues in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and to solve international litigation in the ICJ (International Court of Justice).

The novelty of this year’s conference was also the presence of the Under-Secretary-General for Crisis, whose task was to prepare unexpected emergencies that livened committees’ sessions and encouraged different committees to work together.

The opening ceremony of PragueMUN, which was held in the Vencovského auditorium, was attended by distinguished guests, who welcomed the participants with short speeches. Among the guests, there were Mr Michal Broža, Head of the UN Information Centre in Prague, Ms Veronika Stromšíková, Head of the UN Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affair of the Czech Republic, Ms Eliška Prchlíková, representative of NATO Information Centre Prague, and last but not least, Mr Jan Martin Rolenc, Assistant Professor at the Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies at the University of Economics, Prague.

 

The aim of the PragueMUN is not only to deepen the knowledge in specific areas, but also to see international problems from the different perspectives, to make contacts with international students as well as to actively use English.

For further information on the conference and other projects that MUN Prague organizes during the academic year, please visit www.praguemun.cz or follow MUN Prague’s page on Facebook.

Text prepared by Jiří Drozd

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