The JUEMUN Story

Why did we start JUEMUN in 2010? For many years JUEMUN teachers had attended MUN conferences around the world in Shanghai, Vancouver, Berlin, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne, Beijing, Washington D.C., Rome, Seoul, Prague, Duisburg-Essen, and many other cities. At every conference we searched the list of conference delegates for students from Japan’s universities. Too few! We hope that JUEMUN will give Japanese university students the experiences, the skills, and the courage to attend international conferences outside of Japan!

In 2010, the annual JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) International Conference was held in Nagoya at the Aichi Industry and Labor Centre. The conference co-chairs, Steve Brown and Donna Tatsuki wanted to include a MUN event at the conference for two reasons, 1) to include a student event to add vitality to the conference and 2) to provide an opportunity for teachers who were unfamiliar with MUNs to observe one in action. Lori Zenuk-Nishide, Craig Smith, and a collection of other teachers responded to this proposal by founding JUEMUN.

Year: 2010, 1st Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Aichi Industry and Labor Center, Nagoya (in conjunction with the JALT International Conference)
Theme: Children’s Rights
Committees: 1) Sexual Exploitation of Children, 2) Child trafficking and Child Labor, 3) Child Soldiers, 4) Child Marriages, 5) Violence against Children
Participants: 51 (44 Japanese, 7 International)
Participating Universities: 5

Year: 2011, 2nd Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Theme: Water Issues
Committees: 1) Corruption and Mismanagement, 2) Extreme Events, 3) Capacity and Financing, 4) Pollution, 5) Climate Change
Participants: 43 (38 Japanese, 5 International)
Participating Universities: 4

Year: 2012, 3rd Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kinki University, Osaka
Theme: Population
Committees: 1) Poverty and Inequality, 2) Women and Girls’ Empowerment, 3) Reproductive Health and Rights, 4) Young People, 5) Ageing Population, 6) Environment, 7) Urbanization
Participants: 63 (44 Japanese, 19 International)
Participating Universities: 10

Year: 2013, 4th Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Theme: Disasters
Committees: 1) Displacement, 2) Food Security, 3) Children, 4) Emergency Preparedness, 5) Protection, 6) Gender Equality
Participants: 118 (83 Japanese, 35 International)
Participating Universities: 23

Year: 2014, 5th Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Theme: UN Secretary General’s Global Initiative in Education
Committees: 1) Put every child in school, 2) Improve the quality of learning, 3) Foster Global Citizenship
Participants: 177 (116 Japanese, 61 International – 23 Nationalities)
Participating Universities: 49

Year: 2015, 6th Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kinki University, Osaka
Theme: Fostering a Culture of Peace
Committees: 1) Women’s Equality and Empowerment, 2) Protecting Indigenous Groups and their Cultures, 3) Responding to Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, 4) Protecting Children in Armed Conflict
Participants: 276 (199 Japanese, 77 International – 30 Nationalities)
Participating Universities: 47

Year: 2016, 7th Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Theme: A Quality of Life for All
Committees: 1) Protection and Care of Children (SC Current/Reformed), 2) SDG 3, 3) SDG 4, 4) SDG 11
Participants: 316 (224 Japanese, 92 International)
Participating Universities: 45

Year: 2017, 8th Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Theme: Women’s Empowerment and its Link to Sustainable Development
Committees: Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), SDG 5, SDG 6, SDG 8, SDG 16
Participants: 175
Participating Universities: 45

Year: 2018, 9th Annual JUEMUN Conference
Site: Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Theme: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Committees: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Participants: 167 delegates and journalists, 56 student staff, 23 faculty advisors
Participating Universities: 36

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