UN DAY

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.

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. 

THIS YEAR

GIMUN has decided to choose the overarching theme of gender equality in the spirit of the June 2019 Women's March in Switzerland.

To participate in the event, please register below. The spots are allocated on a first come - first serve basis.

Women had to protest for the right to vote all over the world. In nearly all countries, women are outnumbered by men in politics. High-level political positions are often exclusively staffed by men. What are the factors that still keep women out of political office and how do different countries compare when it comes to addressing these issues?

Gender Equality in Politics

While in most countries, maternity leave is guaranteed, paternity leave is a debated issue, including in Switzerland. Government support for mothers also ranges wildly between countries. Becoming a mother is furthermore often disruptive to a woman's career.

Parental Leave and Government Support

Salary differences between men and women are in the center of the debate about gender equality in many western European countries. 

What is the economic reasoning behind salarial differences and how can they be addressed?

Women in the Workforce

While many women living in cities supported the June 2019 women's strike, the reaction was more negative in rural communities. How can this issue be addressed?

The Urban-Rural Divide

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