Op zaterdag 7 september 2013 organiseerde de NVVN een Model UN in het Vredespaleis te Den Haag, in het kader van het 100-jarig bestaan van het Vredespaleis:

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 key note 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 HagueUnited Netherlands at Radboud University NijmegenMinistry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Want to see the progress of the day? Check out our fun film!

Here you can find our Model UN programme booklet.
Link to photos here; more on the progress of the day can be found on our Facebook page.

Alle foto’s van die dag (fotograaf: Vesna Faassen) zijn hier te vinden.