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MaltMUN 2016: State of Terror

After the resounding success of last year’s first edition, the Malta Model United Nations Society is proud to present MaltMUN2016: State of Terror. Located once again in the 2018 European Capital for Culture, Valletta, the conference will be spotlighting the cultural, political, economic, and legal implications of organized terror.

This year has been blighted by near daily attacks, totaling 97 incidents from January to June alone; the ones that shocked the Western world were precisely those that were carried out on European soil. At MaltMUN 2016, delegates will have a chance to broaden their understanding of incidents and terrorist groups that do not make Western headlines, and to get inside the minds of global leaders faced with the hydra-like problem of terrorism. The conference is both about inspiring practical ideas regarding damage control and prevention, as well as more creative solutions for stemming terror at the head. In this, our delegates will be aided by top-level guest speakers and expert Committee Directors, and furnished with unforgettable social events where pleasure (as well as business) will be very much in order.

Do not miss this opportunity. Join us between the 9th and 11th September by applying here!

State of Terror (Poster)

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Applications for Cambridge and Oxford Model United Nations 2016

The MaltMUN Society will be sending a delegation of students to both the Cambridge and Oxford Model United Nations 2016, which will be held between the 4th and 6th November 2016, and 11th and 13th of November 2016 respectively. Applicants will be able to apply for either one of these upcoming MUNs, or for both MUNs together. Applications to join the MaltMUN delegation shall close on Friday the 15th of April at 23:59 local time. Kindly note that late applications will be only accepted until Sunday 17th April at 23:59 local time at an additional fee of €10 per application. Anyone that is chosen as a delegate for OXIMUN or CUIMUN will be entitled to participate in the upcoming MaltMUN 2016 for free!

Please note that MaltMUN can only accept applicants who will be aged 18 or over by the start of the MUN.

Applicants chosen as delegates for OXIMUN and/or CUIMUN will be entitled to participate in the upcoming MaltMUN 2016 for free!

In line with our primary aim of Fostering Excellence, we will be providing top-level training to the selected participants, as  well as providing aid in booking flights and accommodation. Candidates shall be assessed on the basis of objective criteria.

Applications are now closed.

 

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Applications for WorldMUN 2016

The MaltMUN Society, for the very first time, will be sending a delegation of students to the Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN 2016), which will be held between the 14th and 18th of March 2016 in Rome. Applications to join the MaltMUN delegation shall close on Wednesday the 2nd of December at 23:59 local time.

Please note that MaltMUN can only accept applicants who will be aged 18 or over by the start of the MUN.

In line with our primary aim of Fostering Excellence, we will be providing top-level training to the selected participants. Candidates shall be assessed on the basis of objective criteria.

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Applications are now officially closed. Keep checking our website for updates and future MUNs.

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Inaugural MaltMUN 2015 Conference: Society Divided Over Immigration

As the demonstration against forced integration raged on in Valletta, the Malta Model United Nations Society (MaltMUN Society) was living its dream of hosting its first Model United Nations Conference in Malta which was titled ‘Lives Adrift: Fighting the Exploitation of Irregular Immigrants’.

The Conference was officially opened on the 18th September 2015 at the President’s Palace at San Anton Gardens. Ms Cristina Cefai, President of the MaltMUN Society and Mr Saman Bugeja, President of the partnering Junior Chamber of Advocates organisation, explained the choice of the theme. They recognized immigration to be a topical issue which requires more attention and sensitivity in light of excessive popular sensationalism, as was indeed witnessed during the demonstrations throughout the weekend outside the new House of Parliament building. A number of distinguished dignitaries including HE President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, HE Ambassador Gina Abercombie-Wistanley and Dr. Katrine Camilleri, Director of JRS Malta were present and delivered key-note speeches. The relevance of immigration in today’s world, especially in light of current events, was particularly highlighted by all speakers. They emphasized the need for direct contact with refugees and migrants, and stressed that many migrants are not only willing to take what they are owed from society, but also to acknowledge and live up to their own responsibility towards society at large.

HE President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca congratulated MaltMUN Society for taking the initiative in bringing Model United Nations to Malta for the first time.

Delegates then proceeded to the Parliament of Malta wherein they conducted debates simulating the Legal and UNHCR committees on issues such as disrupting the smuggling of persons at sea and the Syrian refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. The theme Lives Adrift: Fighting the Exploitation of Irregular Immigrants was very well recieved by the delegates who found it “challenging and a good catalyst for a thought provoking and stimulating discussion” as described by Mr. Roberto Cassar, a sixth year law student who represented Germany in the Legal Committee.

MaltMUN 2015 came to a close on the 20th September 2015 at the Malta Chamber of Commerce. The Speaker of the House, Hon Angelo Farrugia MP and Ms. Christine Cassar, Director of People for Change Foundation and Malta Youth Delegate to the UN (2006), lauded the Conference and the Society for sparking discussion amongst young people on the refugee crisis. With regard to the anti-immigration protests taking place outside Parliament during the Conference, Mr Warren Ciantar, the Vice President of the MaltMUN Society had this to say: “the urgency for young people to discuss this issue is heightened due to events such as this. Ironically, an occurrence like this, where two diametrically opposed events are happening side by side, serves as fantastic example of a healthy democracy, where freedom of expression is not limited. People with opposing views must not be silenced, but listened to and spoken to in a calm, civil manner so that a healthy discussion may yield proper solutions.”

Finally, awards were presented to Thea Busuttil (UNHCR) and George Camilleri (Legal) for Best Position Paper; Gašper Črepinšek (UNHCR) and Lisa Camilleri (Legal) who were awarded Honourable Mention; and Emma Grech (UNHCR) and Kirk Brincau (Legal) who were awarded Distinguished Delegate. The most prestitigious awards of Best Delegate went to Neil Bugeja (UNHCR) and Roberto Cassar (Legal).

MaltMUN 2015 is officially supported by the Embassy of the United States of America, the Valletta 2018 Foundation, and the Office of the President of Malta. For more information about the society and future events, follow the organisation on Facebook (fb.com/MaltMUN) or send an email on maltmunsociety@gmail.com

MaltMUN 2015 Conference featured on the Times of Malta

MaltMUN 2015 Conference featured on the Times of Malta

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MaltMUN 2015

The Malta Model United Nations Society is proud to present Malta Model United Nations 2015, the first International MUN conference in the 2018 European Capital for Culture, Valletta.

Throughout history, Malta has been heralded as ‘The Nurse of the Mediterranean’ and it has once again been called upon to fulfill this role as the irregular immigration problem has come to a head in our seas. In order to deepen understanding of the calamitous fate of these immigrants the Society would like to invite discussion on the theme of ‘Lives Adrift: Fighting the Exploitation of Irregular Immigrants’. Between the 18th and the 20th of September 2015, delegates will have the opportunity to listen to inspiring guest speakers and to produce a particular nation state’s views on the issue, all the while guided by knowledgeable Chairs and aided by newfound friends.

The Conference is about people: the plight of the immigrants, the dilemmas of statesmen, and the building of bridges between different delegates. The social events will unite all of these with a boat party on Saturday night setting delegates adrift in style following the traditional delegate drinks on Friday. So be one of our distinguished delegates at MaltMUN 2015 and apply here!

Lives Adrift Poster