Our annual conference, DurMUN 2019, will be taking place on the 25th-27th January, where we will simulate the committees of the United Nations by engaging conversations between member nations about topical issues that require cooperation from other member states. This gives delegates a chance to try their hand at international diplomacy, and gives them a better understanding of the constraints nations have in reaching deals, as well as the dynamics of multilateral negotiation. Each committee is dedicated to a particular area of interest, such as the Human Rights Council or Security Council, and may have different rules of procedure as well as varying levels of difficulty.
The full price for the conference per delegate is £45 overall for the whole weekend in great locations, including a formal dinner and a VIP night out. We offer a £5 discount for delegations from other universities, and college delegations from Durham (£40 per person). If you are looking for accommodation options, please visit the accommodation page for more information. Committees and topics have been announced and can be found here.
Registration will be at the Durham Students’ Union Meeting Room 1 between 3-6pm on Friday, and the opening ceremony will begin at 7pm.
Durham University United Nations Society was founded in 2007 with the aim to educate and inform members about the mission and activities of the United Nations. This usually involves heated debates and rich dialogue, be that between members or with experts in their field. In doing so, we provide a platform for all those interested in international affairs (political, developmental, legal, etc.) to voice their opinions in our weekly MUN styled debates and by engaging with the speakers who come to address our society. In addition, we send delegations to different Model United Nations (MUN) conferences throughout the year in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Please visit the secretariat page to meet members of the committee for 2018/19
The City of Durham
DurMUN is held every year in the beautiful city of Durham which boasts stunning sights such as the outstanding Norman cathedral, picturesque riverbanks lined with trees and a castle which is the oldest inhabited student accommodation in the world! Thankfully, it’s all enclosed on a peninsula by the River Wear and so on a short walk, you could see all of the old bailey and its colleges, the rowers training on the river, the busy Saddlers’ Street and also get a great view from the several bridges coming off it. The city’s information point is on Owengate road, leading onto Palace Green, if you’d like a map or more specialised knowledge. Otherwise, don’t forget to try the multitudes of delicious cafes that add to the local atmosphere, or the Saturday market on Market Place. Please visit this page for walking distances around Durham.
If you’re getting here by train, there are regular, high-speed services by Virgin East Coast from London or conversely, Aberdeen, Glasgow or Edinburgh. It’s only 17 minutes by train away from Newcastle, a major city in the northeast and an alternative spot if you’re looking for accommodation. By car, travel up the A1 and take the A690 off it into the city centre. The closest airport is either Newcastle or Durham Tees Valley, where you can take a taxi or the metro and train in the case of Newcastle, to the city.