What is BIMUN?
A Model UN is a simulation of the work of UN bodies, a programme, which is being implemented in more than 80 countries as a means of learning about world problems and ways to resolve them, within the framework of the UN.
In this educational simulation students take on the roles of diplomats, representing different countries, and discussing specific topics that are mentioned in the agenda. Participants, as delegates, develop strategies, prepare resolutions, negotiate, solve conflicts, following the procedures of the UN.
Simulating international organizations began before the establishment of the United Nations, when students held a series of League of Nations Models in the 1920s.
It encourages students and teachers' interests in international relations and related subjects, increases the capacity of students to engage in problem solving, teaches aspects of conflict resolution, research skills, and communication skills, and offers the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
Not only does it involve young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but it also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation.
The United Nations Association of Serbia (www.unaserbia.rs) has been organizing the Belgrade International Model UN – BIMUN international conference, a simulation of the work of the UN bodies, since 2004.
What sets BIMUN apart is the high level of knowledge gained, modeling with firm rules of procedure based upon the real working procedures of UN bodies, as well as the very current issues that are covered. Emphasis is placed on the preparation period for participants and realistic simulation.
The project team consists of successful students, best participants from previous BIMUN conferences. During the several months-long preparation period, the team participates in all the aspects of planning and organizing a project. When the conference is finished, best participants work on BIMUN Plus – a research project. In that sense, BIMUN remains a whole-year activity, a process where a large number of successful young people participates, gaining new knowledge and experience, in a fun and interactive way, in accordance with contemporary educational principles.
* SECURITY COUNCIL: Climate crisis - a threat to international peace and security
* SECURITY COUNCIL CRISIS COMMITTEE: Escalating violence on the Arabian Peninsula
* ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL (ECOSOC): Financing for sustainable development
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: The protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests
* UNODC - The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND): Countering illicit drug production and trafficking
BIMUN JUNIOR 2020 - High School Committees and Topics:
* SECURITY COUNCIL: Prevention of an arms race in outer space
* SECURITY COUNCIL CRISIS COMMITTEE: Re-emerging conflict in Kashmir: Threat of a nuclear war
* GENERAL ASSEMBLY III COMMITTEE: The impact of Artificial Intelligence on global society
* HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: Preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage
* UNEA: Youth climate action for environmental challenges and sustainability
Application from 01 November 2019 to 31 January 2020. New Application deadline: 31 July 2020.
Participants of the conference will be students from all over the world. BIMUN 2020 will be an opportunity for diplomatic debates, with respect to multiculturalism and democratic values, but also for connecting young leaders.
The main goal of the BIMUN Project is to have students get familiar with mechanisms of international cooperation and basic diplomatic approach, such as negotiations, peaceful conflict solutions, consensus building, as well as to understand the importance of the UN's role in the contemporary world. BIMUN 2020 will be an opportunity for diplomatic debates, with respect to multiculturalism and democratic values, but also for connecting young leaders. The conference will have a rich social life and special events.
The participants will represent their chosen country, different to their own. Delegations will be formed by the BIMUN Organizing committee. During the preparation period, the participants will be in touch with country delegations from different UN bodies in order to form a common strategy. The working language of the conference will be English.
The best participants according to the evaluation will receive a special certificate, whereas best domestic delegates will have the opportunity to be nominated for BIMUN delegations at other MUNs.
After 16 successfully organized international conferences (2004-2019), BIMUN has a high reputation among successful students and relevant institutions and organizations in the world today. Our goal is to maintain that good tradition so BIMUN 2020 will be organized at the highest level.