YEStoUN 2018 (ESCP Europe London Campus)
YEStoUN 2018 took place at ESCP Europe's London campus from 9th to 11th February.

This 3-day event was an opportunity for ESCP Europe students to gather and prepare for the National Model United Nations 2018 competition in New York City.

Alongside ESCP Europe's London, Paris and Berlin students, these three days welcomed guests from other top ranked schools HEC Paris, ESSEC Business School, and NEOMA Business School.

YEStoUN featured an opening conference on the topic of diplomacy, followed by UN simulation games during which participants were required to reach an international agreement on a specific issue, using United Nations rules and procedures.

Guest speakers at the opening conference were:

- Patrick Chevallereau, Defense Attaché at the French Embassy in London

- Denis Macshane, British former Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Rotherham from 1994 to 2012, Minister of State for Europe in the Labour Government from 2002 to 2005.

- Vicky Pryce, Economist and former Joint Head of the United Kingdom's Government Economic Service

Training for the simulation is mandatory as the rules of the UN are very complex. Each business school has been assigned a country which its delegation will represent. Over the course of the summit, ESCP Europe students based in London trained the visiting students in the rules, protocols and negotiation methods of the United Nations, led by Arman Willame and Mehdi Amghar, the UNited Society President and Vice President respectively, and ESCP Europe: Master in Management students.

The Model UN session in New York City will take place in March 2018. The ESCP Europe London campus team will proudly represent the Republic of Italy, and have already been working hard on understanding the economic and geopolitical issues facing their country. In New York they will be expected to participate in negotiations led by young UN officials as Chairs, beginning in hotel-based committee meetings and then moving to UN Headquarters. Delegations will be assessed on their capacity to conduct a deal negotiation, serving the global interest without losing sight of the national interest of their represented country. To achieve this takes a combination of interpersonal and oratorical skills, as well as a good knowledge of geopolitics, international law and the functioning the UN bureaucracy.

For more information, please contact:
Mehdi Amghar
Vice President, UNited student society, ESCP Europe London Campus
Email: unitedlondon2017@gmail.com
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