This year we were a delegation of seven students taking part at the 10th session of the Oxford International Model United Nations Conference, from the 2nd to 4th of November. The head delegate who organized the participation of ETH MUN at the conference was Isabel Schwarz. Unfortunately one delegate wasn’t able to join due to a serious illness. Nevertheless the team spirit of the ETH MUN delegation was fabulous and the conference turned out to be a great event for all participants. For two delegates it was their first international MUN conference, and without a doubt they performed as well in their committees as all the other delegates. Last but not least because of their dedicated preparation the ETH student represented the country of Japan very well in the different committees they attended. The weekly training sessions turned out to be a big advantage for the discussions during the sessions, since the delegates where familiar with the rules of procedure and well experienced in debating ambitious topics. However the delegation of ETH MUN did not win any OxIMUN Award this year. This was definitely not because of insufficient debating skills, than rather due to the fact that some other delegates were super competitive and aspiring in their performance.Depart from the informal sessions the delegation absolutely enjoyed the social aspect of the conference, in particular the unique social events in the University Town of Oxford as well as the committee dinners and the sightseeing in Oxford and London. The accommodation, the “Oxford Bed and Breakfast” (www.oxfordbnb.com) was in a Kensington, a suburb of Oxford.
Although being alittle farther of the city it was a prefect accommodation and we strongly recommend it as an option for the next years’ delegation. It is inexpensive and the service is very good. If the bus runs in plan, it takes around 15 to 20 minutes to get to downtown Oxford and the bus goes quite regularly.Luckily we were able to get a financial support from the “Stiftung Mercator Schweiz” for the participation at the conference. So the overnight-stays, as well as the conference fees and the social packages could be completely paid by the sponsoring. All in all the participants just had to pay for their flights, public transport and food.