Timeline of our weekly sessions

Seventh Session Security Council HS21

November 25, 2021

Last week, the delegates have been debating once more the Afghanistan Crisis. The climax of the session was reached just briefly after the session began, with China declaring war on St Vincent and the Grenadines, which has been baptized accordingly St Violence and the Grenades. Meanwhile, a new crisis has arisen in the Mediterranean that…

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Sixth Session Security Council HS21

November 18, 2021

Last week’s session in its bizarreness can be better summarized by the memes in the random than this short summary, but to keep it short one must only mention a bilateral treaty between France and St Vincent and the Grenadines that was for whatever reason presented to the council. It entails the sale of French submarines,…

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Fifth Session Security Council HS21

November 11, 2021

The last session saw Tunisia’s dreams of introducing a draft resolution being shattered. The member states declared the resolution void in an election with a narrow, yet clear result against the paper. Meanwhile, rumors have been circulating that most European states are forming a bloc to push the Greco-Turkish conflict over the Afghanistan crisis, as…

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Fourth Session Security Council

November 4, 2021

Last week’s session has seen Working Papers cascading from different delegations. What had initially started as a discussion about the US American Working Paper introduced the week before, the debate soon followed by the introduction of a Tunisian WP. Being very brief and limited in its content, the text nevertheless sparked many discussions across the…

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Third Session Security Council HS21

October 28, 2021

While the Taliban delegation has been absent without leave, the Americans have been pushing the discussion forward by putting their cards on the table in form of a Working Paper. Nevertheless, much to the dismay of the US delegates, the paper has come under fire from Tunisia and China among others. For instance, the American…

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Second Session Security Council HS21

October 21, 2021

Last week’s session has been marked by the unexpected arrival of a Taliban delegation. Having been deprived of voting rights, the two Taliban delegates could be nonetheless called on the floor by other member states. This possibility has been used first and foremost by China. The debate has been suspended in the wake of numerous…

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First Session Security Council HS21

October 14, 2021

Last week, all member states could deliver their opening statements and motivate their goals in the UNSC. The debate has been suspended after China’s proposal to waive the veto power of the 5 permanent members. This week, take again the role of Russia or the USA and debate on the future of Afghanistan and of…

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Eleventh Joint Session of the US Congress

May 27, 2021

Taking into account that time for debate is running out, the last session hasn’t witnessed any fierce debate on the fields of healthcare and infrastructure. Instead, the potential candidate for the next Supreme Judge, Mr. David Goliath, has been invited for questioning. During two hours he was expected to answer every possible question and to…

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Tenth Joint Session of the US Congress

May 20, 2021

The fiery debates within the Senate halls were interrupted with the sudden passing of a Supreme Court Justice. As the vacancy in the Supreme Court must be filled, the President of the United States nominated a certain Mr. David Goliath. The Senate Judiciary Committee quickly began examining the peculiar nominee. With lively discussions about whether…

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Ninth Joint Session of the US Congress

May 13, 2021

In spite of infrastructure still not being labeled a ‘sexy topic’, the Republicans have been fighting like lions to push this topic through in the absence of some will for a compromise on the horizon. The Democrat speeches, on the other hand, have been marked by emotion-laden words concerning the importance of healthcare. The Dems…

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Eighth Joint Session of the US Congress

May 6, 2021

Just as the Senate’s work could be praised after three consecutive bills were passed unanimously, there was a feeling in the air that the air was about to become thick again. Indeed, as the debate was about to enter a new chapter, the harsh rhetoric that had been witnessed in the first few weeks rose…

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Seventh Joint Session of the US Congress

April 29, 2021

As if an oracle made a prophetic prediction, the last session was marked by considerable progress of the Senate’s working − or at least in comparison to the plenary session the week before. That said, the debate embarked on a new stage. Party differences have been blurred for the sake of finding at least some compromises with…

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Sixth Joint Session of the US Congress

April 22, 2021

If we have to use a one-sentence summary or even a book title to describe the last week’s session, Shakespeare’s “Much ado about nothing” would definitely be a fitting candidate. Just as the debate was about to kick off, the Democrat bill was forcibly amended by the Republicans. In the aftermath, the Democrats decided to turn against their own bill…

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Fifth Joint Session of the US Congress

April 8, 2021

The last session prior to the ZuMUN conference was marked by an unambiguously bipartisan hostile stance towards China and a general will to protect Taiwan. Nonetheless, the will for cooperation seemed to be short-sighted, as the Democrats had been pushing for an amendment to the agenda which saw the broadening of the scope of foreign policy and an addition…

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Fourth Joint Session of the US Congress

April 1, 2021

Honouring the day the Senate was in session, the balance of power shifted completely as if it was a joke from the Gods. Previously bickering and disunited Democrats managed to come together under the banner of an education bill authored by Senator Manchin and Senator Warner, a bill envisioning student debt interest caps, organising student…

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Third Joint Session of the US Congress

March 25, 2021

Last week’s session exposed just how deep the rift is between the Democrats and the Republicans, and whilst the former seemed united in ridiculing any Democratic advances, the Democrats on the other side, despite having the majority, were on the back foot. However, Democrat Senators Manchin and Warner stood strong against the verbal onslaught and hence…

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Second Joint Session of the US Congress

March 18, 2021

Last week’s 2nd session kicked off right away with a fierce debate over the agenda. Unexpectedly, the Republicans showed an eerily united front and came together against great odds to push forward their conservative plans. Concurrently, the Democrats, consisting of only 3 factions, failed to find a common understanding, and got outvoted in the agenda selection….

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First Joint Session of the US Congress

March 11, 2021

Having been surprised by the sheer number of participants last week from both ETH and EPFL, we continue simulating every Thursday the U.S. Senate. After the First Session had been marked by considerable disagreements between the Republicans and the Democrats, this Thursday we will discuss what major topic should be addressed in detail – whether this will be Education, Health,…

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Eleventh Session of the Kosovo Conflict

December 10, 2020

The penultimate Session saw the building of a united front. Conflicts in opinion were negligible as all the amendments negotiated in the last sessions were passed. It is hard not to make a remark about the lilliputian size of the committee, where iconic quotes such as „With 2 votes in favor this motion passes!“ could…

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Tenth Session of the Kosovo Conflict

December 3, 2020

The last session continued along its usual line, where Serbia, China and Russia had been eloquently presenting their strong economic partnership which strives to bolster an admirable economic growth in the Western Balkans. Likewise, as the Draft Resolution revealed more and more misleading and ambiguous statements, the Serbian delegation proposed to submit a new version….

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Ninth Session of the Kosovo Conflict

November 26, 2020

After the progressive talks two weeks ago had culminated in the proclamation of Draft Resolution 1, last week the debate stood on the brink of being closed. At that point, delegates decided to give a glance at the resolution’s content. Points 4 and 5, which state among others that Serbia recognises Islam while Kosovo was…

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Eighth Session of the Kosovo Conflict

November 19, 2020

With MUN EPFL joining our sessions last week, the number of delegates grew larger with Greece and Croatia joining the Kosovo-Serbia peace talks. In comparison to the previous session, the general atmosphere changed from hard negotiation towards adopting a rather moderate tone. Both Serbia and Kosovo loosened their uncompromising rhetoric by waiving some of their…

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Seventh Session of the Kosovo Conflict

November 12, 2020

The second Zoom Session led to a more organized debate then expected. The bigger countries like Russia, China and the USA have finally joined into a consensus of solidarity, actually listening to each other’s ideas, instead of dismissing them with caustic reproach. Although the divide caused by bloc-mentality has noticeably weakened, Kosovo‘s and Serbia‘s attitudes…

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Sixth Session of the Kosovo Conflict

November 5, 2020

Last week’s MUN session was the first this semester to have been moved to zoom. The number of delegates has reduced and the tensions have increased. Communication has been hindered not only by the lack of direct contact, and the inconvenience of break out rooms for unmoderated caucuses, but also due to the increased return…

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Fifth Session of the Kosovo Conflict

October 29, 2020

Touted as being the last „real“ MUN Session, the 5th installment of „Arguing for the fate of Kosovo“ didn’t disappoint. The debate quickly went into an unmoderated caucus, where the major powers partook in open dialogue about the creation of a mutual investment fund and the implementation of various programs targeting cultural exchange between Kosovo…

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Fourth Session of the Kosovo Conflict

October 22, 2020

Another eventful evening of vigorous debates has steered away from general points, making the general speakers list quite short, and towards concrete solutions. The debate took on a more informal structure as more and more unmoderated caucuses took place, wherein countries within their respective blocks, but also across the aisle, have tried to work out…

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Third Session of the Kosovo Conflict

October 15, 2020

The general atmosphere of the debate finally started stabilizing in the third session. Notwithstanding the bitter battle between the blocks, constructive economical dialogue has slowly manifested into a possible draft agreement. Although authored by China, this initiative has gained popularity among all the Delegates during the unmod with small disagreements on the implementation. The delegates…

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Second Session of the Kosovo Conflict

October 8, 2020

After the chaotic first session, where the delegates introduced their stances, found allies and talked about their goals, both chairs were surprised that the conflict-ready attitude spilled over into the second session as well. The „economic“ theme introduced by the delegation of Russia, dominated the session, as thinly veiled insults and barbs were exchanged continuously…

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First Session of the Kosovo Conflict

October 1, 2020

The first session of ETHMUN in Autumn 2020 was a special one, characterized by masks, a different room and obviously distance between the delegates. However the divisiveness of the topic at hand, namely the independence of Kosovo from Serbia and its recognition by the UN showed an even larger distance between the Agenda’s of the…

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Sixth Session Session of the European Council: New Topic!

May 2, 2019

After a refreshing Easter break, the European Council is back in session. On May 02, the new topic on the agenda is EU financial policy. Although perhaps not considered the most thrilling of topics, it does not lack historical significance. After a brief introduction into the topic, the debate was mostly lead by the leaders…

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Fifth Session of the European Council

April 4, 2019

Fifth Session of the European Council

In an exhausting overtime session, European leaders finally reached a minimal agreement on the future of European Defence Policy. During the session, the original proposal provided by Hungary, that had already received some criticism from the Commission, was further merged with another proposal from Germany. Upon reviewing and discussing the merged document, several clauses required…

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Fourth Session of the European Council

March 28, 2019

Fourth Session of the European Council

Debate remains fruitful, despite a slight drop in attendance. European leaders have started discussing a first draft of conclusions on the matter, spearheaded by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. With the Hungarian proposal on the table–“uncontroversial”, as Orbán called it–the Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker was compelled to address a number of issues with it. Wine-deprived,…

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Second Session of the European Council

March 14, 2019

Second Session of the European Council

With attendance still high, the European Council went into its second session on European Defence Policy. The Committee was joined by many new member, so the larger part of the session was spent on testing the other’s position, whilst finding one’s own.

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First Session of the European Council

March 7, 2019

First Session of the European Council

After all 28 current EU member states had been assigned, some even in double delegations, European leaders began discussing and assessing challenges to European security and sovereignty. Especially the issue of Russian aggression was perceived as quite controversial, and so a large number of countries joined the debate, with many successfully delivering their first their…

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Final Session HS18

December 13, 2018

Final Session HS18

In a fun and exciting (and a bit more casual) final session, committee members were eager to finalize any leftover drafts, but also took the chance to try out bolder strategies, without having to fear the fallout. This being said, the US, EU, as well as China managed to establish an intellectual property court, that…

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Seventh Session HS18

November 18, 2018

In its seventh session, the WTO General Council began debating the issue of Intellectual Property Rights and their position in a digitalized world. Some members, such as Mexico, were keen to point to the issue of inequality between the rights’ owners and users. They were eager to strengthen users’ positions in an effort to protect…

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Sixth Session HS18

November 13, 2018

After decades of diplomatic gridlock and stagnancy, powered mainly by the determination of the United States to keep Iran isolated, the Iranian Delegation finally came forward with an astute proposition for the accession of Iran to the WTO. Having laid out a solid foundation of trust in the previous session among many delegations as well as…

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Fifth Session HS18

November 3, 2018

Fifth Session HS18

Although Iran submitted its application to the WTO in 1996 already, it had been on hold since. This changed now, as our simulation of the WTO General Council approached the topic. Delegates were quite eager to question Iran on its intentions and commitments in WTO. Bi- and multilateral negotiations with the Iranian Delegation are underway…

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Fourth Session HS18

October 27, 2018

Fourth Session HS18

With a slightly depleted Committee, mainly related to OxIMUN absences, and an absent Chinese Delegation, debate on the floor quickly exhausted. Bilateral negotiations, however, kept flowing, producing several new partnerships. The EU and the United States gave their Transatlantic Fair Trade Agreement its final (handwritten) touch, thereby establishing a complete Free Trade Area between the…

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Third Session HS18

October 18, 2018

Third Session HS18

As news broke of the United States’ installment of import tariffs on Chinese iron and steel products in the amount of a whopping 50%, China immediately retaliated with tariffs of the same amount on American soybeans, cotton, and pork. The South Korean Delegation, currently under new leadership, changed its neutral course and steered right into…

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Second Session HS18

October 11, 2018

Second Session HS18

For the second session of the WTO General Council, numbers further increased, providing an even cozier atmosphere. Experienced, as well as new delegates joined the debate on the floor and exchanged a few first rhetorical blows. Both the US and China were eager to deny any responsibility for their quarrels, that have kept the whole…

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First Session HS18

October 4, 2018

First Session HS18

After having successfully managed a reasonably chaotic round of country assignments, the newly appointed delegates to the World Trade Organisation were briefed in detail on the rules and laws of international trade by former ZuMUN Secretary General Marc Sinner. As the first session commenced, all delegations were eager to take the floor. Although commitment was…

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Kick-Off HS18

October 1, 2018

Kick-Off HS18

This week our annual semester kick off took place. We were delighted to welcome over 100 ETH students. Thank you for the great evening and we hope to see many new faces at our first session on the 4th of October (19.15) at LEE E101.

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