LIMUN Academy applications are open!
We are pleased to announce a new programme under the Foundation: the London International Model United Nations Academy. Moreover, with many societies now unable to offer in-person training, the Foundation wishes to ensure that MUNers across the world can still improve as delegates. It is the first integrated virtual training and debate platform anywhere in the world.
Our digital programme focuses on providing training, debate, and insight sessions virtually across month-long periods. While selective, the programme is also focused on accessibility and all activities will be designed to allow both beginner and experienced MUNers to take part. Unlike other virtual MUN offerings, LIMUN will strive to maintain a rigorous academic standard and ensure that delegates are placed appropriately with those of comparable experience. Training and debates will be facilitated by experienced MUNers at top universities, including Cambridge, LSE, and Imperial College London.
In partnership with the United Nations Secretary General's UN75 initiative, each month of Academy operations will be themed and consist of three weeks of formal activities and less formal community building sessions and socials. We inaugurated this with our Social Justice and Human Rights month in August (i.e. LIMUN Dialogues) and currently, September is our Climate and Sustainability month. Recent guest speakers have included Jan Eliasson, former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General to Ban Ki-moon, Mogens Lykketoft, 60th President of the United Nations General Assembly, and Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland.
Signing up to the Academy costs just £5 per month, allowing us to cover our platform costs, and entitles you to attend all training seminars, debates, and workshops live. All Academy members will gain a certificate upon completion, and best delegates will win Diplomacy Awards, discounts on LIMUN initiatives, and the chance to publish in our forthcoming blog! Applications are now closed for October, but will reopen shortly for November.
For further information on the Academy, please see the attached explainer.
The October schedule is as follows:
October 10th: Training Session on Delegate Research & Preparation
October 18th: Committee Sessions for UNESCO (Measures to Preserve Localities Designated as World Heritage Sites), SPECPOL (Measures to Strengthen Democratic Institutions and Systems in Flawed Democracies), and UNSC (Reforming the Security Council System)
October 25th: Heritage and Legacy Forum, in special commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Charter ratification and in partnership with the UN Department of Global Communications and the Secretary-General's UN75 initiative
October 31st: MUN Insight Session (e.g. on Getting into Chairing)
Sessions will usually run mid-afternoon UK time to accomodate those in EMEA, North America and East Asia. Please also check out our social media platforms for more updates and stay tuned for further announcements soon!