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For the first time in history, three of the most prestigious French universities – Sciences Po, Panthéon-Assas and Panthéon-Sorbonne –joined their forces to organize a large-scale Model United Nations conference in Paris: Paris International Model United Nations (PIMUN) which was held in May 2012. Under no circumstances the MUNIKA would have lost an opportunity to be part of this groundbreaking moment. Thus Laura Carolin Freitag was delegated to the PIMUN conference to represent our MUN initiative among 500 international participants. Besides nine English-speaking committees PIMUN comprised three French-speaking councils. However, this was not the only highlight offered by the secretariat. For the final day all participants convened for a General Assembly in no lesser place then the UNESCO headquarter. Delegates were given the honor to take a seat exactly where real diplomats carry on negotiations.

Even if all participants had taken over the diplomatic role only for a weekend the topics at hand could not have been of greater relevance. All committees were placed under the agenda of the Millennium Development Goals. Laura Carolin Freitag who was assigned to represent the position of Uzbekistan debated the sixth goal “Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases” in her committee, the World Health Organization. For the General Assembly countries were re-allocated and double-seated. Laura Carolin Freitag was then the representative of the Republic of Latvia in the discourse of the Millennium Development Goals in its entirety.

Without a doubt Paris is a place on earth which should not be missed and the PIMUN secretariat made the most out the perfect scenery. On the first night all participants were invited to take part in a nightly boat trip on the Seine to marvel at the illuminated Eiffel Tower. As a crowning final of the social events the secretariat came also up with an invitation to lunch at the UNSECO penthouse overlooking the city of Paris.