The Pimun is one of the most important and prestigious Model United Nations in Europe and plays an important role in the whole world. Organized by the Paris Pantheon Sorbonne University it is every year again an exciting event. This year (2015) the 4th Pimun started, and 14 committees have been filled with 750 delegates from more than a hundred countries.
It began at the 28th of May with the opening ceremony at “Le Bobino”, one of Paris’ cultural theatres. After a few speeches in the impressive auditorium, everyone went to the salon for champagne and international food out of 5 continents, to honor the diversity of nationalities and cultures.
The sessions started on the next day in rooms of the university. The councils this year were: UNIDO, DISEC; SOCHUM, UNESCO, the UN Commission on Status of Women, UNEP; the African Union, UN News, Historical League of Nations, Triple joint Crisis: War in Afghanistan, Security Council one and two, l’organisation international de la francophonie, and the Conseil européen. In some rooms projectors, or other things were missing, but all in all, the sessions were organized fairly good.
At noon it was lunch time in the highly overcrowded canteen. But after a waiting time of two hours finally everyone got something to eat. The meal was pretty good, but anyway, on the next day many decided to eat somewhere else.
The sessions took two days and ended with the bestowal of fun awards, like best looking guy, the party animal, or the worst understandable accent. Some committees made out draft resolutions, some failed. The committee of “UN News” Walked around, made interviews, and posted a lot of gossip and tittle-tattle on twitter. Even one of our delegation fall victim to them.
Saturday evening it was time to say “Au revoir” at the Ponton Farewell Ball. The last social event of the Pimun occurred on a yacht in the Seine, with a party dance floor under deck. The music was loud, the Dj good and the dancing people brought the boat to swing. This event protracted until the late morning hours.
It was clear that several people came late at the next day, to the biggest conference Pimun was able to give: The traditional plenary session at the UNESCO headquarter. Beside the impressive plenary hall the UNESCO headquarter has a formidable art exhibition, with artworks from Picasso, or “l’homme qui marché”, the world’s most expensive statue. At the end of the session there was finally the closing ceremony, where the real awards were presented.
In conclusion the Pimun is a sensational event, a lot of fun, and a good chance to meet many interesting people from everywhere. This good organized model United Nations combined with that city, which has so much to offer, would be an incredible experience for anyone!
Text: Luca Greif
Photos taken by Konstanz Delegation at PIMUN 2015
© UNA Konstanz e.V.