La Salle Model United Nations: 2017
Developed by students and for students, the MUN aims to simulate a real discussion among Member States of the United Nations. Divided in committees, all topics are based on current international events, and should be treated seriously. Believing that a MUN is an excellent experience for every International Relations student, and certain of the importance of such event and how much it is possible to learn from it, a group of students decided to organize and make the simulation happen at Unilasalle. In 2013, Unilasalle hosted its first Model United Nations, called La Salle Model United Nations – LASMUN. LASMUN’s first edition presented a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, debating the United Nations Security Council reform. Given LASMUN’s first edition success, we decided to organize a second LASMUN in May 2014. Many changes were made to the second edition. For the first time, LASMUN was open to other universities and to all undergraduate programs; more students were engaged in the organizing staff, combining final semesters and first semester students to ensure the project’s continuity; two committees were simulated and a more solid partnership was established with Unilasalle. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has simulated a discussion about international espionage and its implications to individual rights and security issues, and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has explored the situation in the then world’s newest country, South Sudan.
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