Welcome to HagaMUN 2019!

Dear Sir, Madam,

On behalf of the executive staff of HagaMUN 2019, it is my great pleasure to invite you to the tenth annual session of the Haganum Model United Nations.

This year’s conference will take place from the 8th until the 10th of March 2019, at Gymnasium Haganum, which is located in the city centre of the international city of peace and justice: The Hague.

The Hague hosts many international summits and is home to various embassies and many international organisations especially in the field of international law and diplomacy.

A few examples are the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the headquarters of EUROPOL. This gives us the opportunity to invite guest speakers from organisations that are internationally recognised. Besides the international involvement of The Hague, the city is also the seat of the Dutch government, the parliament, the council of state and the Supreme Court. The Hague has a truly international atmosphere, which makes this city a perfect venue for an MUN-conference.

At MUN, participants simulate the United Nations. This raises awareness with the students about the future but also current issues across the world. It gives students from different nationalities or religions the opportunity to share their opinions and to cooperate with each other. The children of today will work towards the best solutions for current problems by lobbying and debating during conferences. These solutions may become reality in the near future.

Every year, enthusiastic students from Gymnasium Haganum organise a high-quality conference. The program of the weekend will include various workshops, documentaries and guest speakers. This warm and welcoming environment will lead to interesting debates and realistic solutions. Every year, HagaMUN proves challenging enough for both experienced and beginning participants. Thanks to MUN, the youth of today will be confronted with current world issues, which helps them improve the world of tomorrow.

This year’s conference will be the tenth anniversary of the HagaMUN. For nine years the HagaMUN has brought youth from over the world together, attempted to solve world issues and caused international cooperation. This year we are honoured to organise this monumental tenth edition of our conference. This year’s theme has been chosen accordingly to this anniversary. This is why the executive staff has chosen ‘Celebrating international cooperation’ as the theme for our 2019 conference.
But the choice of this theme is two faced. It has not only been chosen as a celebration but also as a reminder of what international cooperation in the UN has achieved in the last 73 years and what international cooperation still must achieve. The importance of international cooperation becomes clear when looking at the achievements of the UN. For example, in the first decade of the 21st century less people have died in conflict than any decade of the 20st century, the same can be said of people dying from famines and many World Heritage sites have been protected, which can all be fully or partially credited to the UN.

But still many issues for which international cooperation is vital remain. Issues such as the refugee crisis and global warming. During our conference especially the Special Conference will debate on such issues and have due to it’s brought range of topics a compelling debate.

This First Mailing contains all the information you need regarding our upcoming conference. For an impression of our conference last year, please have look at the HagaMUN Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hagamun2018/. You can find pictures and videos of last year’s conference on this page. On our (mobile-friendly) website, www.hagamun.org, you can find more information on every aspect of our conference.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our school and to The Hague, the embodiment of international cooperation. This year our registration procedure is slightly different, as we have begun working with Mymun. A link to our Mymun page to registrate for various positions at our conference is given below. We expect the registration to be done by the 25th of November 2018. Since we are trying to host an eco-friendly conference, no hard-copies of this First Mailing will be sent.

Of course, we are more than happy to answer any questions or inquiries that you may have, so please feel free to contact us any time at info@hagamun.org (note: NOT info@hagamun.NL).
We hope to meet you all at HagaMUN 2019!

Yours sincerely,

Coen Mingelen, Secretary-General HagaMUN 2019