The annual FOSCAMUN project was born thanks to cooperation between Carol Baur Internacional of Quéretaro and Mexico City and Liceo Marco Foscarini of Venice, and from the will of students and teachers to bring the invaluable experience of a Model United Nations to a broader spectrum of students and staff in their own school.
A Model United Nations is a simulation of the debate and committees of the United Nations. Participants follow a strict protocol and rules of procedure. Delegates are informed of the country to which they have been assigned some time before the event so as to prepare adequately. A delegate representing an assigned country must respect the actual position of that country on the issues being debated and endeavour to obtain approval of a resolution written together with delegates of allied states.
The fourth Foscarini Model United Nations in 2017 will be bi-lingual, introducing French for the UNESCO sessions, which will also be used alongside English for procedures.
This year’s FOSCAMUN will involve 300 youngsters in all, 125 delegates plus 24 commission presidents, vice-presidents and moderators, alongside 150 youngsters who will be handling the organization of the event.
American Community School, Beirut, Lebanon
Colegio Alminar, Seville, Spain
Colegio Carol Baur, Mexico City, Mexico
Collegiate School, Richmond, USA
Liceo Benedetti-Tommaseo, Venice, Italy
Lycée Charles De Gaulle, Caen, France
Wasagasse Gymnasium, Vienna, Austria
Countries represented in the simulated commissions:
Afganistan, Arabia Saudita, Australia, Brasil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Philippines, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Libia, Marocco, Mexico, Niger, Norway, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Russia, Sierra Leone, Syria, Spain, The USA, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.
It is our firm conviction that that participating in this kind of event provides participants with an opportunity to broaden their knowledge, improve their competence and develop their own integrity. The knowledge and the understanding of the complexity of international issues and the multiplicity of opinions and solutions that need to be considered and discussed in the committees represents an important step forward in the personal and collective development of young minds.