Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the 20th London International Model United Nations, 2019, will be an opportunity to celebrate the commencement of the conference. It will be a time to critically reflect upon the value of international cooperation and the United Nations, and to hear from experts in foreign policy, humanitarian relief and development share their insights and experience.

Information about keynote speakers for 2019 will be published here in due course.

Speakers in the last couple of years have included Stephen O'Brien, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs; Danilo Turk, former candidate for UN Secretary-General, President of Slovenia, and Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs; Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights; Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth; and Mark Malloch-Brown, former UN Deputy Secretary-General and Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Photo (above): H.E. Ms. Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing LIMUN 2017 delegates at the Opening Ceremony.

Photo (above): H.E. Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, addressing LIMUN 2016 delegates at the Opening Ceremony. On the panel: Karen Pierce (left), UK Ambassador to the United Nations; Lord Mark Malloch-Brown (centre), former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the United Nations.