Model 2019

11th – 15th October 2019

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Basics

MODEL 2019 – IXth year of the Student Model of the United Nations


The Model 2019 will take place, for the 9th time, in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Model 2019 hosts various UN councils and also simulates one UN body in English—and that is the United Nations Security Council!


No matter whether or not you experienced in MUNs (Model of United Nations), Model 2019 in Pilsen provides a perfect opportunity to meet young active people and make friends from the Czech Republic as well as a few other countries.

Concerning your personal growth, the event will help you to develop your debating skills and critical thinking as well as give you a deep insight into the agenda (scroll down to see the topic).


The capacity is limited, therefore do not hesitate to sign up! The application form is open until 31st July.

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you in Pilsen!

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Topic

Climate Change and Global Security

The effects of climate change on the world’s landscape often lead to geopolitical changes threatening to destabilise already vulnerable regions. The shortage of natural resources undermines the capacity of nations to govern themselves and serves as a catalyst for future conflicts. Such conditions have already arisen and are a daily reality for millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin, South Sudan, Mali or Syria. United Nations Security Council is increasingly under pressure to address climate change, yet disagreements over Council’s mandate as well as its current mode of operation hinder its ability to take action. What steps shall the United Nations Security Council undertake in order to tackle climate change, one of humanity’s greatest challenges in the 21st century?

 

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In a nutshell

What is a simulation and why shall I participate?

Why should you participate in something that seems at the first sight so complicated and foreign as a “diplomatic simulation”, “model United Nations” or in the worst case a “political simulation”? Perhaps, because you shall soon discover there is more to it than just politics and diplomacy, as you knew them.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Simulation of UN negotiations in a nutshell

This title might quite accurately describe your experience. In real United Nations, representatives of all countries in the world would meet in committees in order to discuss serious matters, such as humanitarian help or disarmament in conflict areas. In our (simulated) case, all participants assume the roles of delegates of chosen countries and represent their stance on certain issues. To give an example: Based on the topics I am passionate about and my interests I will choose a committee. For my next step, I can choose for example Canda, as it is my favourite country. During the negotiations, I will be representing the interests of Canada, even if they go against the interest of other delegates.

That is already a genuine reason to take part in something that might have seemed so complicated and foreign in the beginning.

 

Soft Skills: What your school will not teach you

In real life, we have to constantly face conflicts of interest. We have to react to issues, face difficult questions and solve problems. Sometimes it is not easy at all, but knowing your opinion and how to express it makes everything significantly easier. Critical thinking, the ability to discuss, and to defend one’s position are all crucial for our lives. You will surely agree that such skills and abilities are not sufficiently taught at our schools. Were you taught how to speak or act in public? In our lives, we will need to present and defend our ideas and thoughts in front of other people all the time.

And this is our target – to teach you and to pass our experience onto you and much more. Because we, the organizers, learned all of these skills by attempting simulations.  

 

Can you understand your world?

It is not only about being a profound speaker. There is another thing you will learn with us, which might be even more important – not being afraid to understand why the world revolves the way it does. Even though topics such us “financing of terrorism” or “autonomous systems” might sound like topics for experts, which do not concern you, while attending simulations, you shall realise that really is not the case. Ultimately, everything concerns us.

We live in a society overwhelmed by information and full of problems. We have to elect our representatives, to make sense of the world and to make decisions about these problems. The world is complicated. However, after a discussion with an expert, negotiations and a debate, we can manage to form our own opinions and to differentiate between reality and fake news. Perhaps, the world is not so complicated after all?

Our simulation is attended by both high school and university students, by both experts and laics (including us, the organizers) from different backgrounds and places. We believe there is no better way to create your own opinion other than a discussion with different-minded individuals.

Our simulation will enable you to see the big world you live in and help you realise that it is not as big as it seemed.

In the end, you have to see it with your own eyes.

Do you have any questions? Is there anything you would like to know? Our head organisers, Káťa Špalková and Lucie Malánová will gladly help you!

Hit us up at model@simulaceplzen.cz or on Facebook!

 

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Conference fee

The conference fee for delegates is 500 CZK. It covers the following:

– printed and educational materials,

– diplomatic reception,

– cultural programme,

– material and academic resources for the event,

– refreshments during lunch breaks,

– four days of unforgettable memories,

– and much more!

 

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Time and location of the event

The event takes place from Saturday, October 12th to October 15th 2019. The programme starts every day at approximately 9 AM and finishes at about 5 PM.

Participants who do not come from Pilsen may be accommodated already on Friday in the evening. The closing ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 15th and finishes after 5 PM.

Detailed schedule and information about venues will be delivered in advance via email.

 

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Accommodation

Participants who do not live in Pilsen may be provided with accommodation, probably in the dorms of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.

The rooms are equipped with a connection to the internet and on each floor, there is a shared kitchen and sanitary facilities.

In case you are interested in accommodation in Pilsen, please inform us in the application form. The cost of accommodation is still to be calculated, but it will not exceed 250 CZK per person and night – together 1.000 CZK for 4 nights, or 750 CZK for 3 nights. We are trying to obtain funding for partial or complete coverage of fees for accommodation for participants from outside of Pilsen.

 

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Catering

Catering during the event will not be provided, with the exception of coffee breaks and smaller snacks during the day.

If you are interested, we can provide lunches at the cost of 70 CZK per lunch. We will provide alternatives for participants with special dietary needs, such as vegetarianism or gluten-free diet. Four lunches will together cost 280 CZK. Please state whether you are interested in the application form.

 

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Transport

Transport to Pilsen will not be provided; it is up to participants to choose which means of transport suits them the best. We recommend participants from outside of Pilsen to arrive at the central bus station or train station between 6 PM or 7 PM on Friday. If you will fill out your time of arrival in the application form, members of the organising team will be waiting for you and guide you to your accommodation.

Tickets for public transport during the event can be provided during the time of the event, please state your interest in the application form.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact following organizers:

  • Kateřina Špalková, head organizer / spalkova@simulaceplzen.cz / +420 775 563 456,

  • Lucie Malánová, head organizer / malanova@simulaceplzen.cz / +420 607 651 607,

  • Ondřej Skrla, president of PDS / skrla@simulaceplzen.cz / +420 777 882 578.