DURMUN is the most prestigious conference in North East England due to the standard of debate and stunning historical and architectural sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Cathedral. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned delegate, The Durham University United Nations Society is confident you will enjoy, learn from, and fondly remember DURMUN 2020.

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A letter from the Secretary-General of DURMUN 2020

Dear Visitors,

On behalf of the Durham University UN Society (DUUNS), it is my pleasure to welcome you
to DurMUN 2020, the latest instalment of a long line of prestigious conferences Durham has
held over the years. Whether you have experienced past Durham MUN’s, or are newcomers,
this upcoming conference promises debate, socials, and fun aplenty.

This year, we are offering you something no one else has done before. The 2020
conference focuses entirely on the Middle East, setting the ambitious goal of finally bringing
peace and prosperity to the troublesome region. In the United Nations Environment Programme
delegates have the opportunity to fight against one of the underlying causes of regional
instability: environmental mismanagement. Members of the Economic and Social Council
have to deal with the causes and consequences of the ever-increasing economic inequality and
government corruption. The Disarmament and International Security Council (First Committee
of the General Assembly) attempts the impossible: formulating a final peace agreement
between Israel and Palestine. Finally, DurMUN 2020’s Security Council has the job of
permanently solving the Yemeni crisis. This committee line-up was designed to cater for the
attendees of various levels of experience and interests, from beginner to advanced, from lovers
of the environment to geopolitical chess.

However, DurMUN 2020 is more than just exciting debates! On the first night of the
conference, attendees can enjoy an informal evening to relax and socialise with fellow
participants outside a formalised committee setting. You might even visit the “worst club in
Europe.” The following night we invite you to an elegant formal dinner in one of the stunning
historical venues of Durham.

To conclude, I am very excited about DurMUN 2020. I am looking forward to welcome
you all in our city in January. If you are interested or have any queries, please do not hesitate
to contact us at united.nations@durham.ac.uk!

Kind regards,
Ákos Holányi
Secretary-General, DurMUN 2020

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Hi from the Mondial Team!

The Mondial is the official newspaper of DurMUN. Starting out as a blog, The Mondial has developed as a platform to address those issues impacting the UN and the international community through journalism.

Now, DurMUN 2020 offers an opportunity to take MUN writing to another level: a dedicated student press corps. Model United Nations, as the name states, is a place to model, to experiment, to challenge yourself in new ways. We want to expand on this idea and make the conference a space for the simulation of policy-making as well as the simulation of journalistic environments.

What that looks like? A team of engaged writers, photographers, and graphic designers, reporting on the DurMUN conference – its themes, its committees, and its debates – with a print edition for each day of the conference, and keeping The Mondial connected to its blog roots with website articles throughout the year.

If you would like to work for The Mondial at DurMUN 2020 apply here

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Apply for DURMUN 2020

Apply as a delegate for DURMUN 2020:

The participation fee for delegates is £45. Delegations (of at least three people) are offered a £5 discount (£40 per person). Applications are open until the 20th December.

You can register as a delegate for DurMUN 2020 by clicking here. Tickets can be bought here.

Delegations can be members of a university or members of a Durham University college. Delegations are requested to send their names and email addresses to the secretariat (united.nations@durham.ac.uk) via the head delegate. They will receive the link to the discounted ticket after the list have been received and everybody on the list applied through the link above.

Apply as a chair or director for DURMUN 2020:

Applications are now closed.

Apply to work on the a press team at DURMUN 2020:

Applications are now closed.

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