Netherlands & Italy Model United Nations (NIMUN)

Palermo, 19-21 June 2017

Deadline applications: 21 May 2017

On the occasion of the official state visit of the King and Queen of the Netherlands to Italy, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy, together with the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and the nonprofit organization Global Action, organize a 3-day Netherlands-Italy Model United Nations (NIMUN) at the University of Palermo, Sicily, on 19-21 June.

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NIMUN presents a unique opportunity for students of Italian and Dutch universities to celebrate, together with the Dutch and Italian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the international cooperation between Italy and the Netherlands in the context of the split term in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2017 and 2018.

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NIMUN specifically focuses on two themes:

1. Food Security in Chronic Conflict Zones

2. Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflicts

NIMUN will be open to students from universities on Sicily and in the Netherlands. Selected participants from Dutch universities receive a scholarship that covers accommodation in Palermo and part of the travelling costs from the Netherlands to Palermo (see below).

The participating students will work in a maximum of 4 parallel UNSCs and will represent the 15 UNSC members + 1 (to represent the split term). The working language is English.

-    Day 1 (19 June): opening ceremony and 2 sessions
-    Day 2 (20 June): 2 sessions and social event
-    Day 3 (21 June): voting session and closing ceremony

-    Exercizing multiple skills (public speaking, writing, negotiating);
-    Enjoy a thorough experience (study phase, work in UNSC);
-    Stimulate a sense of cooperation (through negotiation practices);
-    Show real UNSC workings (thanks to the chosen topics and use of real UN rules of procedure, as recently advised by the UN (;
-    Convey a message on behalf of the youth regarding the topics of European and international cooperation dealt with during the UNSC simulation.

Who can apply through KNIR?
A maximum of 15 selected students in all disciplines and all levels (BA or MA) from KNIR partner universities (Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen). Admission is based on the motivation stated in the application form, based on the two central themes of NIMUN.

The study load of NIMUN is the equivalent of 1 EC (28 hours). After successful completion the KNIR provides a certificate mentioning contents and study load. Each participant should arrange with his/her home coordinator whether NIMUN can be a part of the existing curriculum.

Enrollment is free. Selected participants from the above mentioned Dutch universities also receive free accommodation in Palermo for 3 nights (arrival 18 June, departure 21 June), and a €100 reimbursement of their expenses for travelling from the Netherlands to Palermo. Personal expenses, including meals, are not included.

Before 21 May 2017 via the form for Dutch students on

Selected participants will be notified before 31 May 2017.

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