BISMUN Conference 2016 (with its full title Bucharest International Student Model United Nations 2016) is an academic simulation of several bodies of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Council, held in English and organized by the UN Youth Association of Romania.
UN committees simulations, known as “Model United Nations” have a long tradition in numerous prestigious universities across the globe, being recognized as important forums for debate due to their ability to provide viable solutions to current issues on the international agenda, but also due to their ability to provide alternative answers to difficult historical situations within the global political arena.
Since the first academic simulation of decision-making in the United Nations, held in 1952 at Harvard University, the phenomenon of “MUN” has expanded globally and attracts an increasing number of students, particularly in the fields of political science, international relations, diplomacy, law, economics, cultural studies, etc.
In Romania, as in most East European states, such Model United Nations conferences have become popular in the last few years, the BISMUN Conference, the main national simulation of its kind, currently being at its seventh edition.
BISMUN 2016 Conference will simulate the following committees: the UN Security Council, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the 1st Committee of the GA (DISEC), the 3rd Committee of the GA (SOCHUM), the UN Human Rights Council and the Crisis Committee. The theme of BISMUN 2016 Conference is “United against Terrorism – Reaching Global Consensus” and this aspect will be reflected both in the choice of committees, as well as the topics discussed.
The main objectives of the BISMUN 2016 Conference are: encouraging participatory democracy, raising awareness of the role of the UN and NATO, informing the youth about decision-making mechanisms of the UN, promoting multiculturalism and fight against discrimination, as well as active citizenship of youth, raising awareness of the concept of European citizenship and its promotion, developing solidarity and promoting tolerance, foster mutual understanding between youth in different countries, raising awareness of environmental responsibility and of the Global Goals among the youth.
The 8th Edition of BISMUN Conference will take place from the 23rd to the 28th of March 2016 at the Palace of Parliament and it will bring together over 200 participants from the European Union and from many countries all over the world. This edition aims to bring forth simulations of a committees that was not present in previous years, namely: the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC).
BISMUN Conference has managed to get noticed by promoting high standards of quality in organizing and conducting the event, ensuring circumstances of relevant academic experience for participants and strengthening institutional and academic partnerships with major institutions in Romania, aimed at further and continuous development of the project.