The EGMUN project began in 2003 when some students from Espergærde Gymnasium had participated in BONAMUN in Holland. They came home and were very eager to participate in something similar at home in Denmark. But no MUN existed in Denmark. So they started the first EGMUN conference in Espergærde, north of Copenhagen with about 50 delegates.

There has been an EGMUN conference every year since, and even though we are no longer the only MUN in Denmark, we are still proud to have the largest conference in the country.

In 2008 more than 300 students from 8 different countries participated in EGMUN when it was opened in the beautiful and historic rooms of the Copenhagen Chamber of Commerce (Børsen) by Danish Minister of Education Bertel Haarder.

Haarder opened the conference again in 2009, this time at Copenhagen’s Odd Fellow Mansion to the sound of live piano music. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Mogens Lykketoft was Guest Speaker at the conference, where Environment was the theme – inlining very much with the times and the Copenhagen Climate Summit taking place a mere days after the conference. Delegates worked and played hard, as Elsinore’s Manhattan Bar saw it’s wildest party yet, throwing the last guests out in the early hours of the morning.

This underlines the two key factors EGMUN, and MUNs in general, aspire to merge: great fun and ambitious politics. This is achieved with great success in Espergærde, where the evening social events are notorious, while the political agenda and debate remains at a remarkably high level.

The 8th Session of EGMUN will take place November 10th through 14th 2010. The beautiful Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek will be the backdrop as we welcome more than 300 participants, travelling to Copenhagen from Israel, Luxembourg, Estonia, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Sweden.

While s conference took a ride on the climate wave of the times, this year we aspire to challenge the concept of MUNs.
The UN has been subject to heavy criticism since it’s founding, but especially in recent years, a common discourse on the topic has been ‘UN reform – or no more UN’. It is especially the democratic essay writer process and – in the opinion of some – old fashioned structure of the Security Council that has had to take heavy beating. This issue we have chosen to address, since the real UN can’t seem to come to final conclusions. Therefore, at this year’s EGMUN, the Security Council has welcomed 4 new permanent members: Brazil, India, Germany and Japan. Along with other minor changes in the country composition, we will also be ready with alternated veto-rights. The subject of UN reform will also be up for discussion in some of the other fora, and so helping the theme to embrace the conference as a whole.
In this way we are also addressing a common criticism of the Model United Nations concept. It has been said that MUNs give a heavily tilted picture of the UN, and that the students aren’t forced to form subjective opinions of the work of the organization. Despite the fact that the whole purpose of an MUN is to provide the students with insight into the heavy bureaucracy  and the – at times -complete lack of progress that lies beneath the surface of idealism, we have still chosen to meet the criticism, and now give the students a chance to take the entire structure and legitimacy of the UN up for revision.var 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