In its 18th session, Oxford International Model United Nations (OxIMUN) is known as Europe’s premier MUN conference. This year, OxIMUN will be held at the University of Oxford on the 27th-29th of November 2020.
Respected for its high-quality debates, OxIMUN weekend is planned to, as always, be filled with lively socials, eminent guest speakers, and beautiful committee rooms spread across various colleges within the University. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, some of our events may have to be adjusted to align with public health guidelines.
With committee sizes ranging from 15-40 delegates and a variety of experience levels, OxIMUN ensures that every participant leaves with unforgettable memories of a weekend filled with stimulating discussions and exceptional social events. The conference is organised annually by a group of incredibly dedicated University of Oxford students and overseen by the Oxford University United Nations Association.
The OxIMUN 2020 secretariat looks forward to welcoming you all to this year’s conference, themed ‘Diplomacy Beyond the Headlines.’
The theme for this year’s OxIMUN conference is ‘Diplomacy Beyond the Headlines.’ Following the election of controversial world leaders and increased international tensions, headlines have been dominated largely by the same few topics. Now more than ever, it is crucial to pay attention to the quieter issues plaguing our society and focus on reaching lasting consensus on long-term goals. Diplomacy is thus a countermeasure to the volatility of political systems across the world. As the globalized economic system has been repeatedly subject to the volatility of its financial realities. As António Guterres, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, put it in 2017: it is absolutely essential that we “forget our differences, our contradictions of interests” and that we come together “to put an end to the tragic series of crises, violence and conflicts” that grip our society.
OxIMUN 2020 will not strive to present universal multilateral agreements in 3 days to resolve the intricacies of international relations but rather will highlight the intersecting interests and stakeholders at play for a variety of issues. Chairs and Directors will inevitably be expected to select topics which tie their committee to this theme, and we hope delegates keep this theme in mind when designing solutions to the issues presented. OxIMUN seeks to promote greater inter-committee deliberation and co-ordination through the mechanism of interconnectivity, which debuted at OxIMUN2019.