We are pleased to announce a new programme under the Foundation: the London International Model United Nations Academy. 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. 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.
Our final iteration for 2020-21 of the LIMUN Academy will run over the course of December AND January. The fee remains £5 and covers both months, with a break over Christmas and the January exam period. Our December theme, 2020 Year in Review, will provide a platform for our community of future leaders to consider this remarkable year holistically, from a range of viewpoints including health, politics, and the environment. Meanwhile, our January theme, Beyond Terrestrial Governance, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of two related contemporary issues: exploring and governing the high seas and outer space. This will cover several contemporary topics - including the growing role of the private sector, property rights, and the risks of militarisation and geopolitical disputes.
The preliminary schedule will be as follows:
- December 6th, 2020 (14:00 GMT): Young Professionals Panel
- January 23rd, 2021 (14:00 GMT): Training Session on ‘From Idea to Resolution’
- January 24th, 2021 (14:00 GMT): January Dialogue on ‘Beyond Terrestrial Governance: Exploring the Politics and Power Dynamics of the High Seas and Outer Space’
- January 30th, 2021 (14:00 GMT): Committee Sessions (Topics TBA)
- January 31st, 2021 (14:00 GMT): Insight Session (Topic TBA)
For Academy resources, please see the links below: