Since 2009, GIMUN has collaborated every year with the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva to organise UN Day around the time of the anniversary in October as well as in Spring. Each year, about 100 participants with all kinds of cultural and social backgrounds come to the Palais des Nations in Geneva to get to know the UN and to participate in interesting debates about current issues.
What is UN Day?
The anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on 24 October 1945 has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. It has traditionally been marked throughout the world by meetings, discussions and exhibits on the achievements and goals of the Organization. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that Member States observe it as a public holiday.
Since 2009, GIMUN has collaborated every year with the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva to organize UN Day around the time of the anniversary. Each year, about 100 participants with all kinds of cultural and social backgrounds come to the Palais des Nations in Geneva to get to know the UN and to participate in interesting debates about current issues.
The event gives young people a platform to express their visions regarding a selected topic under an overarching theme that changes every year. The panel discussions are led by experts in their respective fields.
The event is bilingual and every participant has the chance to take part in one of four panels, two of which are held in French and two where English is spoken.
Geopolitical aspects of transboundary water governance
Disputes relating to water access may escalate into conflict, but common water resources may also be used as a tool for international cooperation. Unilateral exploitation of a trans-boundary water resource by one country will inevitably affect other countries as well. How can trans-boundary collaboration be promoted in order to prevent water-based international conflicts?
Hygiene and Sanitation as Global Health threats
Despite recent progress, lack of hygiene and sanitation remains a major global threat to human health. Future scenarios predict that climate change may set back the advances already made and introduce new health hazards to vulnerable communities. Waterborne diseases may spread more easily and extreme weather events can pollute drinking water sources. What actions are needed to secure basic hygiene and sanitation for all in the face of a climate crisis?
Implications of a changing climate for Food Security in Lakes
Fishery and aquaculture make lakes an important source of food. However, the interactions between climate change and food webs threaten food security in lakes, affecting both industries and the livelihoods of people and destabilising entire regions.What effects will climate change have on food provision and our exploitation of lakes and how can we mitigate these impacts?
Challenges to Sustainable Water Management
Sustainability is often ignored in favour of short-term economic interests when it comes to water resource management. In the long term, this leads to higher expenses and an unequal distribution of benefits, affecting especially vulnerable communities. How can we promote sustainable water management in the context of our rapidly changing world?