KAMUN 2021 – 100 years Model United Nations

KAMUN – The Black Forest Summit is the annual Model United Nations conference hosted by the MUNIKA e.V. at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. This year, it will take place from the 12th-14th November. Parts of the conference will also take place on site at the Karlshochschule.

However, what is Model United Nations (MUN) in the first place? At MUN conferences, university students get the chance to authentically simulate the institutions, bodies, and committees of the United Nations. Through role-playing as UN delegates, participants research and formulate their country’s position which they use to negotiate and search for solutions later. Moreover, delegates discuss international challenges and crises to work out resolutions improving the delegate’s diplomatic, public speaking as well as Business English skills. Finally, being involved in multilateral decision-making processes boosts the understanding of international relations.

Nevertheless, cultural understanding and personal relationships between students all over the world are also facilitated by the Model United Nations spirit. Participating in a MUN conference renders feelings of team spirit, being part of a global network, and working jointly on a better future.

Under this year's headline "100 years MUN", KAMUN 2021 - The Black Forest Summit will celebrate two very special MUN birthdays. This year, students from all over the world will gather for the 10th time for this special event in Karlsruhe. Secondly, exactly 100 years ago, on the 13th of November 1921, the Oxford International Assembly gathered for the first time to simulate the League of Nations and with it the history of MUN began.

Like this, many special opportunities are waiting for the delegates. You can discuss how to combat the socioeconomic fallout following COVID-19 in developing countries in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), how to end world hunger as announced in the Sustainable Development Goals in the UN’s Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Issues (SOCHUM), or take on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) official MUN refugee challenge debating topics such as climate change and displacement, toxic narratives about migrants, or the refugees’ economic inclusion as well as access to education. However, next to these regular committees, there is a highlight waiting for more experienced students. Within the Security Council’s open agenda, you might spontaneously deal with conflicts such as the Libyan Civil War, the ongoing war in Donbas, threats posed by cyber warfare, the stabilization of the Democratic Republic of Congo, or the Kashmir conflict. Certainly, every delegate will find their perfect spot to apply their skills and interests.

Additionally, KAMUN 2021 will be a special experience as it will be one of the first conferences taking place in person again. Despite the precautions which are inevitably taken due to Covid-19, the conference will offer countless amazing opportunities to build new friendships and live intense and exciting experiences here in Karlsruhe.

If you are interested, you can find the delegate application here: https://mymun.com/muns/kamun-2021