In February of 2013, six university students descended upon the City of London as the very first Maltese delegation to an international Model United Nations – the world renowned London International MUN. Admittedly, this was not the first occasion where a Maltese national had participated in such an event – MaltMUN’s very own Vice President had herself attended a MUN and performed with flying colours a year previously. However this was the first group effort to fly the Maltese flag in the highly competitive world of political simulations.
Their effort was not in vain. The delegation returned home with two awards to their name, and their performance inspired them to organise their very own Model UN society, in similar vein to their foreign counterparts, in order to promote the spirit and values of MUN and foster an active simulation community locally.
Drawing inspiration from their Belgian counterparts, the members of the MaltMUN Society hit the ground running and committed themselves to delivering high quality events and seminars on practical skills such as public speaking, debating and diplomacy. Successful events and fruitful collaborations with distinguished partners such the Embassy of the United States saw the Society gain a loyal following from a very early stage.
The crowning moment of 2013, and the culmination of a year’s hard work, was the participation of the first MaltMUN Society Delegation to the Oxford International MUN in November 2013 – which saw five newcomers get their first taste of the international MUN circuit.
The success of the OxiMUN Delegation encouraged the Society to send a second delegation not more than three months later – this occasion saw the MaltMUNers return to their birthplace – the London International MUN – this time with a record number of 11 delegates. Building on the progress of the previous year, the Society was able to earn places in prestigious committees such as the International Court of Justice and the Crisis Committee. The Delegation returned home with another award and big plans for the future.
As MaltMUN’s ambition increases, so does its following. Its commitment to Fostering Excellence will ensure that the participants of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. The future is bright for this young Society.