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Welcome to the North London Model United Nations Website for 2016

"Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each one of us. To build for man a world without fear, we must be without fear. To build a world of justice, we must be just. And how can we fight for liberty if we are not free in our own minds?

Dag Hammarskjöld UN Secretary General 1953

Our MUN conferences, held in March each year, have proved to be a popular and ground-breaking initiative with secondary students from across North London participating in debates, based on the structures of the United Nations, and tackling issues of global importance.

Our next conference will take place on Saturday 12th March 2016; the topic is: A Place Called Home? Refuge & Migration. To register, please download this form.

Key Documents and Information

The key document for conference 2015 2015 Conference poster
Want to see how Model UN supports the Citizenship curriculum? Click here A brief intro to Model UN, and the benefits for students and schools.
Evaluation Digest - the views of UK/Polish Students and Teachers in 2010/11... COMENIUS REGIO FULL EVALUATION REPORT. Right Click and Save (large File)
UN Secretary General's inspiring letter to our 2013 Conference How to find us, and transport links
Best Delegate website - hints and advice from the global MUN community

Get in Touch ...

To find out more about Model UN contact Neil Robertson at Highgate Wood School 
Our 2016 Conference is titled:
A Place Called Home? Refuge & Migration

Register Your School

Registration for the March 2016 conference is now open! Teachers should download the registration form and email to Registration will close in January 2016.

Once registration is closed, both staff and students will be able to access all the dedicated resources needed to prepare for our next conference.
Teachers will also be able to access teaching materials on the United Nations, as well as archived resources from previous North London conferences.

Conference 2015

A Place Called Home? Refuge & Migration

We feel the topic for this conference could not be more timely or important. In 2015, wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people to flee their homes seeking refuge & shelter than at any other time since records began. Over 59 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, over half of whom are children, and many of whom are now also victims of poverty, insecurity & exploitation. As Ant√≥nio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for refugees, explains:

"For an age of unprecedented mass displacement, we need an unprecedented humanitarian response and a renewed global commitment to tolerance and protection for people fleeing conflict and persecution."

At the same time, developments in transport & communications technology and the rise of global inequalities have opened the world up to new trends in economic migration - families moving to another country in the hope of starting a new life and finding a better standard of living. This poses new challenges for governments where immigration is rising, but also new dangers in the form of economic exploitation, slavery and human trafficking.

North London MUN 2016 will aim to address the serious consequences of our increasingly global age. It will encourage our delegates to ask tough questions of themselves and each other, to debate maturely and negotiate creatively, and hopefully inspire them to seek justice for the vulnerable and the displaced. 

At North London MUN, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a positive experience for both first time and experienced delegates. Our chairs and directors have huge experience and are dedicated to including all voices in debate. We are confident that they will find it a worthwhile & enriching day.

2015 Conference .  Women - Half the Sky 
Address from our Secretary General

Good Morning,

Honourable delegates & distinguished guests, I would like to welcome you to Highgate Wood's eighth annual North London Model United Nations conference. I am honoured to be standing here today in front of so many young people who have gladly given up their Saturdays in order to play an active role in improving the world we live in. Whether you are an experienced delegate or are attending conference for the first time, I am confident that you will represent your countries, your schools and yourselves to the best of your ability.

The title of this conference is 'Women - Half the Sky', and there is no more fitting way of describing the importance of the discussions you will have today. Women may hold up half the sky, but they also shoulder a disproportionate number of the world's injustices and burdens. Every minute, 27 girls are forced into an early marriage, into a life of domestic servitude and stolen opportunities. Women and girls make up 80 percent of the humans who are trafficked each year, the vast majority being used for sexual exploitation. More than 31 million girls are missing out on primary education, and over two thirds of illiterate people in the world are female.

However, even those of us who live free from exploitation and repression still do not live free from the fear of violence. Across the world, 1 in 4 women will be subject to domestic violence in our lifetime, and of all the women murdered in recent years, nearly half were killed by intimate partners or family members. These figures may represent just a fraction of the inequalities and injustices that women face globally, but they reaffirm the profound importance of the discussions you will have today.

As many of you will know, this month marks the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. From this global gathering of activists, the Beijing Declaration was formed. We mark its anniversary to celebrate the most wide-ranging blueprint for the advancement of women's rights, and to recognise that the position of women across the world has strengthened as a result. As you know delegates, despite this platform for action, our actions are far from complete. However, we also know that through our collective action, we can achieve meaningful change.

I want to tell you the stories of Tejnesh Leweg'neh and Hanna Lalango. Tejnesh is a 15-year-old from Ethiopia's mountainous Shoa region. She was abducted by three men on her way to market in October. They tried to force her to agree to marry one of them. She refused, and, a day later, they pushed her off a cliff. She is now paralysed from the waist down. That same month, 16-year-old Hanna Lalango, from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, was abducted by a group of men from a minibus on the outskirts of the city. She was raped over several days and later died in hospital from her injuries. These are not isolated cases and these types of atrocities occur too frequently across the globe. 

However, we can all be inspired by the response of Ethiopia's female activists, who are working tirelessly to end this culture of violence. The groups hold regular discussions about consent and sexuality with students at university and are working to promote girls' education by fundraising for contraception, sanitary items and stationery for girls who can't afford them. They are also working hard to encourage women and girls to speak out against violence they experience and to ensure that all women feel they have a place in which they feel comfortable talking about their experiences. "What united us is we believe this is our problem, it's our responsibility to change this," says activist Selam Mussie. "We all are Hannas - this could have been any of us."

With these words, delegates, I want to remind you all why you are here today. One of the most powerful human qualities is empathy; to attempt to place yourselves in the shoes of others. Empathy helps us to gain an understanding of the hopes, the fears and the passions of people with whom we may feel we have little in common. Without empathy, we cannot truly solve a problem because we cannot truly understand it. Without empathy we will not strengthen or expand women's rights, because we will not understand why they continue to be denied. Without empathy, the stories of Tejnesh and Hanna, and the millions of women and girls like them, are simply anecdotes about our capacity for cruelty. Let them instead stand as proof of our capacity for kindness, justice and love. 

I am sure you will all take your empathy into your committee rooms today; that you will listen and learn from each other, and in the spirit of the United Nations, work passionately for a cause that will enrich the lives of every girl, every woman, every boy and every man.

I wish you well in your endeavours.  

Rosa Tully

Secretary General, North London Model UN 2015

NLMUN would like to acknowlegde the kind help and support given by Global Classrooms London over the years. They have assisted us in every way possible.Their website is here