From the 23rd to the 26th of April, ETH MUN along with its partner MUN UZH hosted the first international MUN conference in Zurich on the premises of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. The idea for the conference came in early 2014 at a joint unofficial meeting of the boards of the two organizations and started developing the framework for achieving this goal.
Our target audience were students of Swiss and European universities and high-school students in Switzerland. We attracted approximately 100 delegates split in a ratio of 4/1 between university students and high-schoolers. The delegates were split in six committees – five for university students and one for the high-school delegates – participated in three-day-long sessions simulating the procedures and debate in the United Nations’ halls. In the evenings, we organized three different social events where the delegates can socialize. On Thursday evening was a party in Plaza where our delegates got free entry. Friday evening was reserved for a delegate dinner in Tasteria in Oerlikon – a semi-formal dinner exclusive for our delegates with a three course menu, a karaoke competition, and a dance floor with a DJ. On Saturday evening, we organized a final party at Dynamo.
The response from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive. They enjoyed the conference, the venue, the social events, and they were looking forward to the next time. To conclude, ZuMUN 2015 was well-organized, well-supported, and enjoyed by the target audience. We were strongly encouraged by the positive response to organize a second conference which is currently in preparation.