What can you expect during this conference?
Every year, we organize a simulation for students of the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, the World Health Organization and the Human Rights Organization at the finest locations of the University of Antwerp. The concept of Model United Nations is used all around the world and is the perfect way to overall strengthen your skills. Our main goal is to connect young individuals who want to make a change in the world.
Our target group are Uni students and we highly value supporting young people to debate and engage with global affairs, for which we feel the MUN is the perfect tool. To make it possible for high school students to follow in footsteps of diplomats we also chose for a committee that brings together this specific group and gives them the opportunity to negotiate with each other during the four day conference.
Participating in such a simulation offers you a great opportunity to meet new people and to build an international network. During the coffee breaks there will be plenty of time to get to know your fellow participants and meet like-minded people. Furthermore, every evening a social event is organized during the main event itself, allowing you to blow off some steam after a day of negotiations. The karaoke night, the movie night and the gala ensure memories and friendships which will last a lifetime.
Staying in Antwerp
Antwerp City Hostel
Grote Markt, 40, 2000 Antwerp
T 0032 03 500 50 40
Bogaardeplein, 2000 Antwerp
T +32 (0)3 234 03 14
Distance from University 1.3 km. 16 minutes by feet.
Boomerang Youth hostel
Lange Leemstraat 95
T +32(0)3 238 47 82
Distance from University 2.0 km. 25 minutes by feet.
Antwerp Backpackers Hostel
Kattenberg 110, 2140 Borgerhout
T +32(0)473 57 01 66
Distance from University: 2.5 km. 32 minutes by feet.
Hotel Condo Gardens
Booking possible via www.tripadvisor.be or www.booking.com
Address: De Pretstraat 11, 2060 Antwerp
Located in the neighbourhood ‘’t Eilandje’, surrounded by plenty of restaurants, dance cafés and clubs.
Duboisstraat 3, 2060 Antwerp
Booking possible via www.booking.com
Also located in the neighbourhood ‘’t Eilandje’, surrounded by plenty of restaurants, dance cafés and clubs.
Meistraat 39, 2000 Antwerp
Booking possible via www.booking.com
Located in the Centre of Antwerp, 10 min by feet to the University.
What can you expect from Antwerp?
Antwerp isn't your typical student city, but a worldly village with a whopping 500 000 inhabitants and more than 170 nationalities. And you will be visiting this buzzing city, you lucky bastard!
Notorious streets, hard-to-miss spots or parks...There are thousands of them that you couldn't possibly randomly find on your own. Culturally high, terribly ugly or movingly beautiful. Newly laid or centuries-old, provided with some sideshow entertainment like a skate park or a haven of peace.
Astridplein and Station Antwerpen Centraal
Antwerp's central station is considered to be one of the finest in the world so make sure to peek inside and gaze at the gorgeous entrance hall.
Smack back in the middle of the city centre, lined with cafés and restaurants. A solemn Rubens Statue observes the people who used to be buried in the cathedral, while the poor were laid to rest on the 'green cemetery'; hence the name Groenplaats. Different events, markets or spectacles take place here in different seasons.
This particular specimen is commanded by the Town Hall, flanked by cafés and restaurants, and with the statue throwing a giant's hand in the river. Carriages drive to and from and busloads of tourists love wandering about.
Are you easily moved by a theatre play, inspired by a gripping exhibition or do you prefer being swept off your feet by a contemporary dance performance?
With the Rubenshuis, Letterenhuis Vleeshuis/Klank van de Stad, Mayer Van Den Bergh, the cathedral and many more places where history is key or interesting objects are being archived, the true museum fan will surely be satisfied.
MAS/ Museum aan de Stroom www.mas.be
Located in the neighborhood of 't Eilandje MAS is one of the city's hippest museums. Students without a fear of heights will enjoy the stunning panoramic views from the rooftop terrace, for free.
In their permanent collection, the FOMU (Museum of Photography) takes you back to the very beginning of photography. From Edward Muybridge to William Klein: the museum shows the history of photography from all angles.
Modemuseum (MOMU) en Flanders Fashion Institute www.momu.be
Every year, many fashionistas and fashion students travel to Antwerp to get a glimpse of all the beauty in store in the city's shopping streets, but also to take a look at the gallery of Antwerp's fashion museum, MoMU.
How to get around?
From Brussels airport, the Antwerp-Brussels Airport Express Bus is arguably the most convenient way to get to Antwerp. The bus reaches the centre of Antwerp (Astridplein next to the Central Station) in approximately 45 minutes.
If you are planning to rent a bike for short or long term you can check out www.swapfiets.be. For only 15 euro you can rent a bike of this company for a whole month.
Velo Bikes might also be a solution for you. Those bikes have bike stations scattered all over Antwerp, where you can drop off and pick up bikes however it suits you. You can go to the website www.velo-antwerpen.be to register and pick the formula that suits you best. (Velos are meant for short distances between stations)
Public transport gets you just about everywhere in and around Antwerp. Tram and premetro stops are scattered throughout town, while most buses take you in and out of town and the suburbs. Make sure to check www.delijn.be for up-to-date info on your line and www.slimnaarantwerpen.be if you get around by car.
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THE FUTURE OF GOVERNANCE IN THE ARCTIC Arctic boundaries are difficult to draw. The delineation of boundaries between Arctic states remains therefore an unresolved matter. Climate change has made that this region is increasingly accessible, both for possible energy exploitation and for maritime trade routes. The Arctic constitutes one of the planet’s last frontiers, and all states bordering it are racing to make sure they will get their piece of the action. This region entails very serious issues of military security, energy security, environmental security and governance. Representatives in the Security Council will try to negotiate about the future of governance in the Arctic.
THE DISPLACEMENT OF MINORITIES In this committee, the question of the protection of internally displaced minorities will be addressed. Most of the displaced populations in humanitarian situations in the world today are persons belonging to minorities. How can minorities be protected against over layering with other populations? What legal or official status do minorities have? How can the forcible transfer of populations be minimized? What rights do minorities have in situations of conflict? The representatives in the Human Rights Council will address these questions.
THE CAUSE OF CONFLICT AND THE PROMOTION OF DURABLE PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA -Over the last years, there have been major developments with regard to peace, security and development in Africa. The general assembly will talk and negotiate about key elements for institutional cooperation with the African Union. Also the political and economical relationship between countries in the African Union will be discussed and argued. Major subjects like conflict prevention, conflict management and peacekeeping will be on the agenda, as well as the questions on how to maintain sustainable economic growth and sustainable development in African countries. Here are a few questions to help you out: How can global leadership help create an enjoyable environment for all African societies? Why countries have shared responsibilities and what role do they play in promoting sustainable development? What are Africa’s priorities for sustainable development? Why is industrial development and action to boost manufacturing a necessity? Why is it important for developed countries to protect an especially vulnerable continent such as Africa?
THE IMPACT OF AIR POLLUTION ON HUMAN HEALTH AND HOW TO PREVENT IT Every year, around 7 million people die of the consequences of air pollution. The biggest part of the victims of air pollution are children. This issue calls for a global response to prevent diseases and deaths. Succesful air pollution reduction would not only benefit the health of people, but would also benefit development and the climate. Delegates of the World Health Organisation will need to tackle the issue of the impact of air pollution on human health and how to prevent it.
THE PROMOTION OF DURABLE PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA -Over the last years, there have been major developments with regard to peace, security and development in Africa. The general assembly will talk and negotiate about key elements for institutional cooperation with the African Union. Also the political and economical relationship between countries in the African Union will be discussed and argued. Major subjects like conflict prevention, conflict management and peacekeeping will be on the agenda, as well as the questions on how to maintain sustainable economic growth and sustainable development in African countries. Here are a few questions to help you out: How can global leadership help create an enjoyable environment for all African societies? Why countries have shared responsibilities and what role do they play in promoting sustainable development? What are Africa’s priorities for sustainable development? Why is industrial development and action to boost manufacturing a necessity? Why is it important for developed countries to protect an especially vulnerable continent such as Africa?