Arthur Botto, 3rd year student in POLSIS took part in the London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) 2013.
Summary of my experience as Delegate of Malta to the Disarmament and International Security Committee of London International Model United Nations 2013
I had prepared for the London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) 2013 for a long time and it was exactly what I expected: the most important MUN simulation in Europe."
Despite the important number of students present at our weekly conferences on Wednesday evening; LIMUN offers the possibility to join a committee where more than 70 countries are represented. Students from all over the world have allowed three days of intense debates by representing interests of diverse nations through a qualitative preparation and a real commitment. It was important to meet students sharing the same passion to reach such a result.
The Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) where I was involved focused on the ‘Review of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty’, a strategic and key aspect of international security in a moment where North Korea multiplies nuclear tests. Following these three days, we have all understood the complexity of drawing consensual amendments to the working paper which is becoming our Resolution after formal debates and informal discussions.
This immersion was successful thanks to the professional chair which always emphasised the necessity to follow all diplomatic codes. Surrounding by experienced delegates, I was strongly encouraged to do my best in order to improve my skills. Using formal language, I tried to convince a large audience with diverse interests, always keeping in mind the spirit of the United Nations: find the largest consensus possible to reinforce the international security and the global peace.
The competent staff and the environment of the Imperial College of London were other elements which participated to this successful experience. I really thank the POLSIS Department of the University of Birmingham for offering me the possibility to live this experience which has completed my education by an immersion in a diplomatic world; a concrete application of what I study every day.
It is a must to do for a student in Political Science and International Relations, especially for those really interested in diplomatic relations and I hope it will be possible for me to attend other MUN conferences across the European Union."
It is a great opportunity to improve your personal ability in a diplomatic context, an experience that I highly recommend to whom would have a taste of what happens in the real Committees of the United Nations General Assembly.