Opening Day Side Events



20th Session | 22nd-24th February 2019


The first day of LIMUN 2019, held mostly at the prestigious Central Hall Westminster where the UN General Assembly first met in 1946, will feature a series of Side Events open to our conference participants. The events include:


GUIDED TOURS OF WESTMINSTER - 10:30; 10:50; 11:10

The first day of LIMUN chiefly takes place at the illustrious Central Hall Westminster, where, back in 1946, the very first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was held. It is located in the heart of Westminster, itself the heart of London and, truth be told, the heart of the whole United Kingdom – the lifeblood of the British Government stems from these couple square miles. At LIMUN, we endeavour to share this beautiful and historic location with our participants and therefore have the pleasure of offering Guided Tours of Westminster to all interested delegates.

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RULES OF PROCEDURE TRAINING - 10:15-11:00; 12:15-13:00

The Rules of Procedure training, led by Natalie Chung, is designed for Delegates who might want to get some expertise before the conference starts. Due to the high demand, we will be offering two of the same sessions – the first starting at 10:15, the second starting at 12:15.

Location: South Rotunda


CAREERS IN THE UN EVENT - 11:00-12:00 

The London International Model United Nations offers participants a unique opportunity to learn about making their own career path in the United Nations.

We are delighted to welcome Martin Barber OBE and Maggie Heraty OBE to discuss ‘Working for and with the United Nations - advice to those seeking an international career’. Doors will open at 10.45 and this will involve a Q&A.

Martin Barber OBE:

Martin Barber is a retired senior UN official. He served as Director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) at UN Headquarters from 2000 until 2005. Previously, he was Chief of Policy in the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). From 1996 to 1998, he was Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 1989 to 1996, he worked with the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan, serving as UN Humanitarian Coordinator in 1995-6. From 1975 to 1982, he served with UNHCR in Laos and Thailand. Between 1982 and 1989, he was Director of the British Refugee Council. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Senior Adviser in the Office for Coordination of Foreign Aid in the Government of the United Arab Emirates. In 2015-6, he served as Senior Adviser to UN OCHA for the World Humanitarian Summit. He is now a consultant and analyst on humanitarian issues. Since October 2018, he has been a member of the International Executive Committee of United Against Inhumanity (UAI).

Martin holds a doctorate in South-East Asian Sociology from the University of Hull. He was appointed an OBE in 2006 “for services to de-mining”.

Martin is also the author of “Blinded by Humanity: inside the UN’s Humanitarian Operations”, 2015, London, IB Tauris.

Maggie Heraty OBE

Maggie Heraty OBE is a humanitarian logistician and former transport consultant with significant experience of working with the UN and NGOs in hazardous and hardship locations around the world. She worked as a Senior Logistics Officer/Coordinator with UNHCR, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, from 1995 to 2008, and after her formal retirement still returns to UNHCR on short term assignments for new operations and emergencies. Before this, she had had a career as a transport consultant to international funding agencies and UN bodies, and had carried out research and policy development in the field of transport and mobility for people with disabilities. During 1998-2002, she was UNHCR’s regional logistics officer for twenty-one countries of West and Central Africa, spending considerable time in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to the latter of which she was relocated 2002-2004, covering the influxes and later repatriation of Sierra Leonean and Liberian refugees. She was seconded to Sri Lanka for UNHCR’s tsunami relief operation in 2005 and was also one of a two-person joint RedR/Bioforce team that flew out to Haiti in 2012 to assess the training needs of the humanitarian community providing earthquake relief. She is an active Trustee/Director of the Humanitarian Logistics Association and currently spends much of her working time training NATO forces in civil military cooperation.

Location: Great Hall


THE LIMUN NETWORK - 13:15-13:45

Interested in joining the LIMUN network? Interested in applying for the LIMUN Secretariat? This is your opportunity to talk to a Secretariat member and/or a member of our Board of Trustees about the LIMUN Foundation, our projects and Secretariat applications for 2020.

Location: South Rotunda