Location: Nice, France
Dates: 8th-11th June
Number of committees: 7
Number of delegates: 120
Cost: €70 delegate fee, €40 social pack
MUNICE, hosted at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis in the stunning French Riviera, is a mid-sized conference that juxtaposed the formality of Model UN with a classic summer holiday destination. Overall, the conference could be seen as a “summer experience” rather than just a purely academic MUN conference, though MUNICE did not lack in either department.
Although fairly small, MUNICE simulated a variety of committees, from normal General Assemblies to a three-cabinet crisis. In addition, two French-speaking committees were present, meaning that there was a substantial presence by local French delegations.
In general, delegates were pleased with the quality of MUNICE’s academics. There were no major issues with chairing. The lack of assassinations and the generally slower pacing of Crisis saw mixed responses, with some bemoaning the loss of traditional crisis elements, whilst others seeing it as an interesting new direction.
The opening ceremony took place at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nice, a charming museum close to the university campus. The first speaker was a local politician, who quickly talked about Nice as a city of academia. Following this, the University’s Vice President for International Affairs gave a keynote speech, focusing on counterterrorism and the right to privacy. Though the topic was promising, it felt like a law lecture at times.
Following this was a much more interesting speaker, Colonel Gilles Castel of the French Army and Deputy Directory of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, who gave a keynote speech about conflict-related sexual violence. His speech was also very academic, but much more engaging thanks to his personal experience from his time in service.
Overall, the ceremony ran on time, though having three guest speakers in addition to the DSG and SG may have been a little too much for delegates, some of whom left early.
The closing ceremony was located at the Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen (CUM). The guest speaker, a former South Korean Ambassador to the UN gave a speech about many topics, including economic inequality, nuclear disarmament, and climate change. Whilst these were individually interesting, the length at which he spoke and the apparent lack of a theme made some delegates, exhausted from the previous club night, lose interest.
MUNICE’s first social took place at a classy venue in the Old Town. However, this meant that drinks were rather pricy, although one free drink was given.
The second social was a gala night at a hotel in central Nice. The venue itself was small but had great views of the city. Again, prices for drinks were not cheap, but many delegates remarked that the sizes were extremely generous. A glass of sparkling wine and a soft drink was included.
The club night took place at a nightclub located right on the Promenade. The starting time of 12:30 meant that delegates and chairs took to organising their own pre-drinks. Delegates enjoyed the venue, and the late closing time meant that many stayed up into the early in the morning.
Immediately after closing ceremony, a champagne reception was provided for delegates with unlimited sparkling wine. This was greatly appreciated by tired delegates. Later that evening, the Secretariat put on a “rooftop party” with one free drink being provided. As the venue closed at midnight, delegates proceeded to the beach for an impromptu afterparty.
Venues, Communications and Logistics
Placed on top of a steep hill, the campus fairly close to the city. However, the heat and sun made the daily walk up the hill quite unpleasant, though this was hardly the Secretariat’s fault. Some committee rooms had a stunning view of the ocean, but a lack of power sockets hampered some committees.
The conference was organised through MyMUN, though most of the communications took place through the Facebook page. This aspect of the conference was well organised, though the fact that most people did not check MyMUN regularly meant that some messages were missed.
The Secretariat provided pastries and even had two proper espresso machines for coffee breaks. For lunch, sandwiches and pizzas were available for free, something that was thoughtful on the part of the secretariat especially as the university cafeteria was closed. This meant that no time was wasted on delegates having to leave in search of food.
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