European International Model United Nations
The European International Model United Nations (TEIMUN) foundation aims at educating students about International Relations through providing several Model United Nations conferences and workshops. TEIMUN is a member of the European Model United Nations Network (EMUNNET), and uses the standardized EMUNNET Rules of Procedure.
TEIMUN was found in 1987 when a group of American students who were spending parts of their studies in The Netherlands organised the first TEIMUN conference. TEIMUN's originally came from the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).
A major turning point took place when the Groningen branch of the Dutch United Nations Student Association (DUNSA) or SIB (in Dutch) took on the responsibilities for the organization of the conference through the organizing committee. This partnership between UNA-USA and SIB transformed the conference from a predominantly American undertaking to a truly international programme. Later on, the cooperation between SIB and UNA-USA in organising the conference was replaced by the organising work of the SIB-TEIMUN Foundation alone. The organisation of TEIMUN now became a Dutch enterprise. Since 2008, TEIMUN is an independent foundation which organizes several UN simulations.
Over the years, TEIMUN has grown steadily. The TEIMUN conference became one of the biggest and most important MUNs on the European main land, with participants registering for the conference from over 65 different countries. The program was extended with a simulation of the International Court of Justice. In the last few years the conference has been enlarged by adding the North Atlantic Council in 2004, the Economic and Social Council in 2006 and the Food and Agricultural Organization in 2007. In 2008, the FAO was replaced by the Human Rights Council. In 2010 the Historical Council has been added to the conference, making a total of 7 committees in which students can take place.
In 2012, TEIMUN stimulated 7 councils which were General Assembly (GA), Security Council (SC), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Human Rights Council (HRC), International Court of Justice (ICJ), Historical Security Council (HSC) and North Atlantic Council (NAC).
In 2013, the Historical Security Council (HSC) was replaced by the European Union (EU) and UNESCO was added.
In 2014, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) was added making that a total of 9 councils.
The TEIMUN foundation has a unique structure. Where most Model United Nations are associations, TEIMUN does not have members. The TEIMUN Board has its office in Groningen. The Board takes care for organizing several conferences such as GrunnMUN and the TEIMUN conference. The Board consists of seven Board members, six Supervisory Board members and three Audit Committee members. The Chair of the Board is ultimately responsible.
The intellectual content of the conferences is provided by 19 staff members, which are headed by the Secretariat, consisting of a Secretary General and a Under Secretary General. These staff members come from all over the world.
The principal event is the TEIMUN conference. This seven-day conference, which is being held from the 13th until the 19th of July 2015, is hosted in The Hague. During this conference, 250 students from all over the world have the opportunity to experience the workings and the decision-making processes of the United Nations and NATO through role-playing in one of the simulated councils. Through sparkling debates and intensive back-room discussions, participants gain a more thorough understanding of multilateral diplomacy in world affairs. Moreover, this simulation greatly enhances public speaking and debating skills.
GrunnMUN stands for the Groningen Model United Nations. GrunnMUN is a one-day simulation, similar to TEIMUN. This conference is being held in the city of Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands.
In 2014, the conference was held on Thursday, March 6. GrunnMUN is primarily thought for students residing in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, students from other countries and International students are also more than welcome to participate. Even though it is not thought to be as international as the TEIMUN, the conference is entirely held in English; therefore it is a prerequisite for participants to be fluent in English.
In 2015, the conference will be held on Thursday, March 5 on the theme “The Challenge of Change – New power perspectives”.