BIMUN 2024 (Belgrade International Model United Nations)
A Model UN is a simulation of the work of UN bodies, a programme, which is being implemented in more than 80 countries as a means of learning about world problems and ways to resolve them, within the framework of the UN.
In this educational simulation students take on the roles of diplomats, representing different countries, and discussing specific topics that are mentioned in the agenda. Participants, as delegates, develop strategies, prepare resolutions, negotiate, solve conflicts, following the procedures of the UN.
Simulating international organizations began before the establishment of the United Nations, when students held a series of League of Nations Models in the 1920s.
It encourages students and teachers’ interests in international relations and related subjects, increases the capacity of students to engage in problem solving, teaches aspects of conflict resolution, research skills, and communication skills, and offers the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
Not only does it involve young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but it also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation.
The United Nations Association of Serbia (www.unaserbia.rs) has been organizing the Belgrade International Model UN – BIMUN international conference, a simulation of the work of the UN bodies, since 2004.
What sets BIMUN apart is the high level of knowledge gained, modeling with firm rules of procedure based upon the real working procedures of UN bodies, as well as the very current issues that are covered. Emphasis is placed on the preparation period for participants and realistic simulation.
The project team consists of successful students, best participants from previous BIMUN conferences. During the several months-long preparation period, the team participates in all the aspects of planning and organizing a project. When the conference is finished, best participants work on BIMUN Plus – a research project. In that sense, BIMUN remains a whole-year activity, a process where a large number of successful young people participates, gaining new knowledge and experience, in a fun and interactive way, in accordance with contemporary educational principles.
Belgrade International Model United Nations – BIMUN 2024 (13 – 17 March 2024) is the 21st annual international youth conference and will be focused on the theme:
“Multilateral solutions for a better tomorrow: the world,the future, youth“.