WebMUN 2014 - Behind the Scenes

A map highlighting the nationalities of all WEBMUN participants.

A map highlighting the nationalities of all WEBMUN participants.

By Chiana Mclatchie

It’s a big step for MUNkind. Organized almost exclusively by local students, Webster University Vienna’s first Model United Nations (WebMUN) Conference is imminent and will revolutionize Model UNs as you know them.

During those three days, international committees will discuss and debate the most pressing energy issues of the 21st century in a conference setting.

Other conferences, WebMUN is the first to adopt an interconnected approach with different countries being represented in each committee (BRICS, Council of the European Union, OPEC, UN General Assembly, UN Security Council and Press Committee). In between committee sessions, delegates will have the chance to gather in ‘interconnectivity sessions’ with others outside their own country and committee, allowing them to coordinate their efforts and achieve outcomes more favorable to their state.

 Much like the Webster student body, the event itself will be an international one with the participation of local students as well as guests. This includes participants travelling from Webster University Geneva, the University of Vienna, the Faculty of Law from Belgrade and the Catholic University of Peru. The 30-strong organizational team alone accounts for 24 nationalities across 6 continents.

 The event also boasts a diversified press team composed of journalists to keep delegates updated with news articles, video reports and social media. These reporters in turn represent a variety of news agencies including Reuters, Die Welt, BBC, Al Jazeera, Fox and Ria Novosti.

 Alongside a simulation showcasing academics and politics, students will also have the chance to get social and come to know one of Europe’s most popular destionation, Vienna.