CHALLENGES OF A GLOBAL CITY: Dealing with environmental issues

Helwan Felappi and Estelle Tromeur, photos by Emilie Lapillonne Global cities are the very symbols of global economic growth and international connections. They bring together millions of people in restricted zones of the globe and concentrate massive amounts of technologies, industries and other various facilities. Consequently, however, they require immoderate amounts of natural resources and have become major polluting factors that cause substantial deterioration. As concern for environm ...

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Protecting Global Cities: The battle against terrorism

Helwan Felappi and Estelle Tromeur Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. Over the next 30 years, that figure will likely increase to 66 percent. As global cities grow demographically, ensuring their security becomes more of a challenge and yet a significant priority. Faced with the criminal terrorist attacks by which many have been targeted, legislative, judicial, and executive branches of both national and international governments have been adapted and mobil ...

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London, a Global City

Helwan Felappi and Estelle Tromeur The theory around the very definition of a global city can seem quite complex and virtual, when in fact such a city is characterized by specific and very concrete facilities. London being ranked at the top of sociologist Saskia Sassen’s ranking of world cities, a study of the capital is an opportunity to acknowledge the factors of globalization within cities, and to fully absorb the definition of “global city”. London. When spoken o ...

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WELCOME TO… ILYMUN 2018

              Helwan Felappi and Estelle Tromeur As a new school year approaches, so does a whole new edition of ILYMUN!  The organizing team, both from the Cité Scolaire Internationale de Lyon and the International School of Lyon, is set and beginning preparations for the 6th edition of the well-known conference. New students, new projects,  and most importantly, new theme. This year, delegates from all around the world will gath ...

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Special Guest Michel Celemenski

Michel Celemenski’s parents are Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who found refuge in France.  In the 50s, the Celemenskis moved to Canada, fearing a civil war due to the “Algerian cancer”. They taught their child the currently disappearing Yiddish language. On the 14th of January, Mr. Celemenski came to explain the difficulty of maintaining cultural identity in a globalized world where languages are deeply threatened. To begin with, Michel Celemenski defines identity as “who you believ ...

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Special Guest: Tom Lisney

What first comes to your mind when you think about sharks?That’s how the passionate Tom Lisney, neuroecologist and shark biologist, called upon the ILYMUN’s resource management committee to begin his conference. He said that the public’s opinion on sharks has an impact on how we are dealing with this animal’s exploitation. “I believe they are misunderstood”, answers one delegate. Until a few years ago, the only good shark was a dead shark; and people feared them as “human-eaters” ...

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Special Guests: Dr Claire Chabloz & Dr Paul Perrin

Humanities in transition is the main theme of the 5th edition of ILYMUN, our world is indeed evolving, and this evolution concerns many if not every sector. Today the Science and Technology Committee had the honour of having two special guests come speak to them: Dr Paul PERRIN former urologist and professor, and Dr Claire CHABLOZ a Cystic Fibrosis expert. The leading issue was ‘Ethics in Science’. “The ethic of science is science” - Dr PERRIN In order to facilitate the ta ...

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Nicolas Jomard: Deputy Secretary General

Nicolas Jomard: Deputy Secretary General What has been your experience of ILYMUN so far? It’s been great, we’ve had a couple problems but they’ve all been solved very quickly, the quality of debates has been very high, the team is amazing, and overall it’s just been awesome. Could you explain the planning process in a few words? The most important step, at the beginning, was to choose the organizing teams, then we chose the theme of the conference and what everyone’s going ...

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The Youth Conference

Chairs: Emily Vandame, Cassandre Verhelst and Emma Shan all animated the Youth Committee  on the third day of ILYMUN 2017. The aim of this Committee is to reach out to the younger generation, so as to let them experience the joys of debating and of MUN. After a little bit of uncertainty, all the young delegates enthusiastically shared their points of views on several clauses, including the importance of learning the language specific to a certain region of a country. Passing ...

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Louis d’Hulst: Head of Logistics

    How has your experience of ILYMUN been so far? Very different from the previous years. There is a huge difference between being a delegate or a chair and being part of the organizing team. So I’ve seen that what we perceived as being a huge mistake in the organization is actually not very relevant in the eyes of the delegates or chairs. So far it’s been a lot of fun - very stressful - but really fun! What was the planning process on your part, in a few words? ...

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