Dear sir, madam,
On behalf of the Secretariat and Executive Staff, I cordially invite you to participate in the sixth edition of the Coornhert Model United Nations. The conference will take place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of February 2021, at the Coornhert Gymnasium in Gouda, the Netherlands. We are well aware of the uncertainty in which the near future is shrouded, because of the corona pandemic. In due time, we will inform you of the measures we will take to conform to the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Dutch government.
Since its inception in 2016, COMUN has been organised every year by a quartet of highly motivated students attending the Coornhert Gymnasium. This year’s Secretariat will be formed by Neri Weevers, Jonas Wieman, Aron Boersma and Twan Bosman. After last year’s great success, our Model UN will once again consist of three days of debate. For these three days, tread in the footsteps of Desiderius Erasmus, alumnus of our great school and one of the greatest thinkers in Dutch history. Think about the world’s problems, share your gift of rhetoric and above all, have a great time.
Crises like the corona pandemic offer us and our governments a choice: do we turn inward, isolate ourselves and turn our back on people and nations who are facing hardships or do we unite and cooperate to endure these trying times together? The United Nations should be a role model in this regard, however many countries are choosing for seclusion and hostility. Therefore this year’s conference theme will be Unity or Division in Crisis?.
This year’s conference will see the return of the Crisis Committee and the Security Council. The Crisis Committee was introduced to COMUN in 2018 and has been a major success every year due to its unique structure, enabling a more varied and creative debate: a treat to the more experienced delegate. Especially this year, owing to the seemingly endless list of crises to take on, whether it be the pandemic, its economic consequences, the humanitarian disaster in Yemen et cetera. We look forward to your innovative problem-solving and productive debating.
We look forward to seeing you at COMUN 2021!
Neri Weevers, Secretary-General