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I would like to invite you to a short trip in what has been called the "City of Good Thoughts".
Tartu, located in southern Estonia, has a long history of political sciences, international relations studies and its new chapter just opened with the first edition of "Tartu MUN".
But it's not enough for them: they also have the support of the Society of International Relations and the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute. "No big deal", I'd like to say. It only shows how committed the organising team is.
The project has been created and organised exclusively by a few students who had this crazy thought that we could sum up with: "Why not?". And the bet was won brilliantly.
Tartu MUN 2016 being their first event of this kind held in Tartu, they decided to "be modest": "only three committees were represented, [namely] the UN Security Council, the UN Economic & Social Council and the UN Human Rights Council". There were 15 participants in each council.
The topics chosen for this first edition were quite ambitious to my point of view, which underlines the success of this event: the Middle-East & the Syrian crisis (Security Council), Strenghtening the capacity of the refugee host countries (Human Rights Council) and Addressing workers' rights for sustainable economic growth (Economic & Social Council).
Tartu MUN's motto could be the one of the real and actual United Nations: "Empower Through Diversity". No wonder they had so many applicants right from the beginning for their first edition!
However, here is my critical opinion: it's hard to fail when you're doing it in Tartu! Just kidding, of course. I remember my Erasmus year and it was the first time I met MEU simulations. So don't hesitate taking a flight to Tartu for their next edition! It's a perfect city to discover MUN simulations for the first time or to improve your skills in a great and unique location.
Tartu MUN 2017 is already waiting for you! The "Suudlevad Tudengid" (Kissing Students, a fountain located on the main square in Tartu) will welcome and inspire you!
And if you're still wondering whether Estonia is the right choice for your next step in this MUN Planet, check out my article about this amazing country.
Visit TartuMUN website and don't forget to follow them on their Facebook page!
Article written thanks to the help of Tamar Lagurashvili. Thanks again!
Pictures credits & copyright to Tartu MUN 2016, please contact them if you wish to use their pictures.