This year, ETH MUN sent eight students to Cambridge International Model United Nations (CUIMUN XIX). Our experienced member, Marc Sinner, was the head delegate. Our members represented Estonia, Lithuania, Marshal Islands as well as the Chinese Triads in a variety of councils. In most parts, the conference was well organized. Opening and closing ceremonies were held in Cambridge Union hall and two interesting guest speakers addressed all delegates. The level of debate varied between different committees because there were a number of very unexperienced delegates from other universities attending. We can therefore conclude that our weekly training sessions at ETHMUN are vital for our delegates to be well prepared for the challenges such a conference poses. The only real shortcoming was the location of the committee venues which were partially difficult to find at the beginning. Our head delegate, Marc Sinner, won the “Commended Delegate” Award in the Crisis Committee.
Our delegation followed the advice from previous years and stated at Lynwood House (Bed and Breakfast) at Chesterton road which was a fifteen minute walk from the city centre. The quality of this hotel has been excellent and a good breakfast was included. Since the committees were spread across different colleges in Cambridge, some delegates were able to walk whilst other had to take a taxi from the hotel.
The social package included a formal reception, dinner and club night and was generally well organized. A few of our delegates decided to arrive a few days earlier to the UK and spend a few days in London. Overall, it was a great experience, especially for the new members, who saw high-caliber debating in action.