2019 will be the seventh consecutive year in which the International School of Lyon and the Cité Scolaire Internationale de Lyon collaborate, to organize ILYMUN. The conference will take place In mid-January, (dates to be confirmed in September), in the prestigious Hôtel de Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (1 Esplanade François Mitterrand, 69269 Lyon, Cedex 02). We invite keen and bright high school pupils to join us to debate and take action!
In 2015 the UN adopted 17 goals, the Sustainable Development Goals, and set targets for 2030. The theme of our conference, Inequalities: Bridging the Gaps, addresses Goal 10. In defining this goal, the UN explains that “Inequalities based on income, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, religion and opportunity continue to persist across the world.”
We have seen that economic growth is not enough to reduce these disparities. The gaps between the rich and the poor are growing bigger. In addition, it is clear that inequality is a serious threat to social and political stability as well as to the environment and sustained growth. Thus, inequalities within and among countries is one of our biggest challenges. In the same report, the UN gives us courage in stating that “Inequality is not a matter of fate or chance and can be reversed through policies and reforms.”
We believe that by involving youth in finding solutions and taking action, we can make a difference. Therefore, in addition to our core MUN committees, we will once again host the Action Assembly, in which students represent themselves rather than countries in order to work towards real change in their local communities, and the Youth Conference for “collège” or middle school students from the Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes region.
We will also offer the Model International Court of Justice (ICJ), a forum that mediates conflicts between two nations by reflecting on treaties, international conventions, and international law. The ICJ is a unique and enriching experience for delegates who wish to try something different to ordinary committees, particularly for those interested in pursuing a career in law.
All in all, we guarantee ILYMUN 2019 will be, an unforgettable experience!
Taking inspiration from FERMUN in Geneva and THIMUN in the Hague, two students from the Cité Scolaire Internationale, Pierre Mohamed and Kaelan Tardy, reached out to students at the International School of Lyon in order to organize the first ILYMUN conference in 2013. Most of the schools participating in that first conference are now regular participants in our annual conferences and many have gone on to model their MUN clubs and even their own conferences on ILYMUN. We’re delighted to see these developments as it means more communities working together to change the world.
We believe that the main aim of MUN conferences is to educate the participants, providing them with essential skills such as public speaking, collaboration with others and critical thinking. MUN opens one’s mind and encourages in-depth reflections on our complex world. ILYMUN helps students grow and become global citizens. Here is a quote from one of our friends at INOMUN in Lille that captures our view of MUN: “The aim of debating is to resolve problems with words, without violence, without deaths. We, high school students, are the next generation. We have to act, we have to do something. A MUN won’t literally change things, but it is a way to sharpen our critical mind and our intelligence in order to take over our parents’ generation. In order to bring peace.”
As you may have noticed, ILYMUN has matured since its inception by the virtue of original projects we develop every year. Of course, the central issue of the conference varies from year to year, with new branches and new committees created to bring diversification and an improved experience. Undeniably, the criticism from you, fellow participants, permits us to improve an important number of aspects of the conference, making it finer each year!
Most diplomats tell you that the most efficient decisions, those which actually change the world, are taken in convivial moments after a day of debate. This is wholly legitimate. Therefore, we keep in mind that an MUN conference is an incredible place to meet new friends. A few essential factors, unique to ILYMUN, allow you to have real exchanges: small committees (from 20 to 100 persons) country delegations made up of different schools, housing with host families and, of course, social events!
Even though a very small team of adults supervises our agenda and the organization of ILYMUN, every aspect of our conference — the vision, the planning and the execution — is done by high school students who are doing their best to provide middle school and high school delegates and their MUN directors the best possible MUN experience and a professional conference.
Bearing in mind the ILYMUN 2016 conference resolutions to tackle Climate Change, we take concrete action to save the Planet, by respecting environmental values. We use a minimal amount of paper and transfer to digital as frequently as possible. We strive to be role models for a green conference.
The past several years we also have committed to debating the work and the value of various NGOs in our General Assemblies. Delegates then make a vote that leads to real action. The NGO that wins the majority vote receives a financial donation from ILYMUN. This donation is made possible by the wonderful support of our sponsors.
To make ILYMUN truly outstanding, we rely on generous sponsorship from institutions as well as private companies and individuals. We are currently sponsored by the Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes. Last year we were supported by Boehringer Ingelheim, Media 6, Riso, Heidi Heras MD and inter-nations, amongst others. By financially helping ILYMUN, you will be effectively helping us reach our goals of providing a professional conference and encouraging young people to work towards positive changes in our world. For more information, click here to view our sponsor’s brochure (in PDF format). If you or your company are interested, our Public Relations Team is here to answer all of the questions you might have. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org