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Applications for delegates who need a visa to attend the conference close on December the 23th.
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 Economic and Social Council 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.
Ik ben zot van A!
See you soon?
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PROTECTING WOMEN IN MIGRATION FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SEXUAL SLAVERY AND EXPLOITATION. Over the past few years the international community, NGO’s and state governments have grown highly concerned with the phenomenon of human trafficking. The number of migrants has almost doubled in the past two decades and with so many people crossing borders illegally, often desperate and defenceless, the problem of human trafficking and exploitation is becoming one of world’s most pressing human rights violations. In this council, delegates will seek especially to protect the rights of women and girls since this is an extra vulnerable group exposed to trafficking for numerous purposes such as sexual slavery and sexual exploitation. Delegates should seek answers on questions such as: How can we build a cross-border framework to protect women and girls during illegal migration exposed to these dangers? How can we build a better legal framework and enforcement mechanism to sanction human traffickers? How can we gather more data and information with the specific details of human trafficking all around the world?
RIGHT TO PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE. At the Human Rights Council, we tackle the Right To Privacy in The Digital Age by discussing the advantages and concerns of the Digital Age when it comes to its impact on human interaction in general and more concrete on information communication technology, electronic surveillance and the enjoyment of human rights. How does the Digital Age have an impact on (the privacy of) our civil society? How can we improve or control its outcomes on national and global scale, keeping in mind the power of International Law and the prominent role of the United Nations?
GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE REFUGEES. Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment: The world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. Shifting weather patterns threaten food production and rising sea levels increase the risk of catastrophic flooding. Limited natural resources such as drinking water are likely to become even scarcer in many parts of the world. Crops and livestock struggle to survive in climate change ‘hotspots’ where conditions become too hot and dry, or too cold and wet, threatening livelihoods and aggravating food insecurity. The impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today (Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.
GlOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE REFUGEES. Delegates in the Junior General Assembly will discuss the same issue as the regular General Assembly since we strongly believe they will be more than capable to do so. Furthermore we believe the insights of their generation on Climate Change might be even more valuable than the ones of older generations. After all, the issue might concern their future the most.
THE ISSUE OF NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT. The issue should be approached on two grounds: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament of already existing nuclear weapons. Ever since the establishment of nuclear weapons, the United Nations has fought to eliminate their existence. A number of multilateral treaties have been established with the aim of preventing nuclear proliferation and testing, while promoting progress in nuclear disarmament. However, both grounds of the issue are still in need of a grand amount of diplomatic efforts in order to come one step closer to eliminating the existence of nuclear weapons. Delegates should consider questions such as: How can illegal distribution of nuclear weapons be prevented? How can countries be transparent in the disarmament process? Which political and economic agreements can enforce your own state or other states to support non-proliferation? And if an agreement is reached, how will this be enforced?