SLU-Madrid's Model UN Delegation Triumphs in Leuven
Nine SLU-Madrid students traveled to Leuven, Belgium for the KULMUN International Conference. Model UN is an educational activity in which student delegates participate in negotiations simulating those of the United Nations (and other international organizations). The theme for this year's conference was, "Refocus: Changing the Scene of International Politics." Previous SLU-Madrid delegations have travelled to Model UN conferences in Prague, Belgrade, and Bucharest.
The conference kicked off with the Opening Ceremony in Leuven Town Hall, one of the most striking examples of Gothic architecture in the Low Countries. Participants then split up into various committees. SLU-Madrid delegates represented Poland, Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, China, Bangladesh, Romania and the Republic of the Maldives in the Security Council, the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, NATO, the Historical Committee and the Legal Committee. They participated in meetings, debating topics and negotiating resolutions. Several of them were also selected to contribute to the KULMUN Newswire, a daily newspaper documenting the progresses of each committee.
In addition to the Model UN club President Emilia López, the other students who participated in the event were Janee Mahan, Ilyssa Otto, Arai Yegros, Frances Evans, Adelaide Knight, Jonathan Anderson, Jaime Portabales and Tristan Kirkland. "It was a great experience overall," said López. "I was able to expand my global knowledge and debate interesting topics with people all around Europe."