The fourth edition of the Zurich Model United Nations Conference jointly organized with the MUN Team at the University of Zurich took place from April 19 to 22, 2018. The conference theme “Great Odysseys – People and Ideas on the Move” inspired both the committee topics, as well as the topic of the Opening Ceremony’s panel discussion: “From Panama to Paradise – Tax Policies in a Globalized Economy”. Featuring panelists from the Swiss Federal administration, the Swiss Parliament and the law and media sector, the panel discussion kicked off the conference by discussing international capital flows, taxation and justice, topics that are immensely relevant and are now a fixture of mainstream political and media discourse.
ZuMUN was able to attract 200 participants from Switzerland and abroad and a particularly diverse chairing team in 2018. The consistently high-level debates in the committees were facilitated by a manageable committee size, providing all participants ample opportunity to speak, negotiate and contribute to the final outputs of committees. During the conference, participants visited various sights in Zurich, among them the St. Peter’s Church in the historic Oberdörfli and the Frauenbadi on the Limmat, enabling them to experience the city’s appeal.
The conference would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors, first and foremost the two educational institutions ZuMUN was born out of: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University of Zurich. Furthermore, our conference staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth conference experience. The ZuMUN Secretariat 2018 would like to express its gratitude to the above stakeholders. A new constellation of the Secretariat is hard at work to bring the fifth edition of Zurich Model United Nations to life from April 11 to 14, 2019.