On September 7, 2013, the “Centenary Peace Palace Model United Nations” attracted a total of 250 participants who gathered to simulate the United Nations Security Council in it efforts to shape a peaceful Resolution for the conflict in Syria.
After the keynote speech by Mr Richard Dictus (UNV Bonn), several Masterclasses on UN topics, and a tour through the Peace Palace (incl. the main Court Room), the specially designed Model United Nations started.
The jury, chaired by Mr. David Williams, had a difficult time deciding who won which award, based on which criteria. The following Delegations were awarded on the basis of outstanding performance:
Best Speakers: Delegation from The Institute for International Relations "Clingendael”, representing China
Best diplomatic Skills: Delegation from the Dutch National Youth Council, representing the USA
Best written Amendment: Delegation from the 101 Military Engineering Battalion (Dutch Armed Forces - Genie Battalion), representing the United Kingdom
Best overall Performance (Observers’ Award): "Team Dictus" / United Nations Volunteers, representing France
Special Award by UNV Bonn: Delegation from Peace Palace the Hague, representing the Russian Federation for making the most of an impossible assignment.
The Security Council resolution was rejected after a veto by the Russian Federaton. China had abstained from voting.
UNA Netherlands is grateful for the participation of the many Observers and the participating MUN Delegations.
UNA Netherlands would like to express gratitude towards its esteemed partners that made the commemorative event possible: Carnegie Foundation at Peace Palace the Hague, United Netherlands at Radboud University Nijmegen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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The United Nations Association of the Netherlands (UNA-NL) / de Nederlandse Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties (NVVN) in co-operation with Peace Palace the Hague and the Carnegie Foundation announce the
"Centenary Peace Palace Model United Nations” - 100 Years United Nations’ Justice & Peace in the City of The Hague
Saturday, 7 September 2013
12:00 pm – 17:30 pm
Peace Palace The Hague, Carnegieplein 2, The Hague, The Netherlands
The day's programme:
10:15 – 11:00 am Security Check (Front Gate) & Registration (Foyer) Security procedures at entrance, registration at the Academy Building Foyer
11:00 – 11:20 am Word of Welcome by Mr Jeroen Vervliet, Director Peace Palace Library & Prof Yvonne Donders, NVVN Chair - Academy Building
11:20 – 11:30 am Introduction to the MUN by Ms Caecilia J. van Peski, NVVN Member of the Board - Academy Building
11:30 – 12:00 pm Keynote speaker Mr Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator at United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Bonn - Academy Building
12:00 – 13:00 pm Masterclasses - Academy Building & Foyer
13:00 – 13:30 pm Lunch - Foyer
13:30 – 14:30 pm Peace Palace Tour & Group Photograph in front of Peace Palace - Peace Palace & Premises
14:30 – 16:30 pm “Centenary Peace Palace MUN” - Academy Building
16:30 – 17:00 pm Awards Ceremony & Words of Gratitude - Academy Building
17:00 – 17:30 pm Drinks & Farewell - Foyer