The MostarMUN (Mostar Model United Nations) conference is a five-day simulation of the United Nations. For the first time since the initiation of MostarMUN in 2006, the annual conference represent a merger between the United World College in Mostar, the University of Mostar, and Dzemal Bijedic University Mostar- meaning secondary and university students will work in cooperation. MostarMUN attracts around 400 participants with members origination from more than 70 different nations.
The location of our conference, the Herzegovinian capital Mostar, is an ethnically-divided city torn between identities and political mentalities. Still economically and socially recovering from the Balkan conflicts of the 90s, the local community has managed to turn the city into a cultural centre that attracts a wide range of tourists and event organizers every year. Known for its iconic medieval bridge (Stari Most) in the Old Town, Mostar enables visitors to immerse themselves into Herzegovinian pre and post-war history. The mixture of Western and Eastern influences that have shaped this economic centre of the Balkans over centuries is reflected in Herzegovinian art, music, food and architecture, of which Mostar has plenty to offer.
The United World College in Mostar opened its doors in the year 2006. The international high school stands out as a bright model for post-conflict education and reconciliation and remains the only school where Bosnians, Croats and Serbs live and learn together. The college has affirmatively grounded itself in the local community and welcomes students and staff from over 70 different nations. With roots going back to the late 19th century, the University of Mostar, established in 1977, is nowadays a public university. Encompassing 10 different faculties and teaching approximately 12,000 students every year, the University of Mostar is not only the most diverse, but also the fastest growing university in Bosnia and Herzegovina. University of Džemal Bijedić, established in 1977, is a public university located in Mostar. Consisting of eight faculties, it is attended by approximately 5000 students. The University continues to expand its capacities and representation, promoting quality education based on the ongoing improvement of the education process.
Mission of MostarMUN
The MUN- cooperation aims at fostering collaborative solution-oriented discussions about a wide range of global and locally-relevant issues, promoting cooperation, and in particular reconciliation of different Balkan ethnicities. Our mission is to bring secondary school and university students from many Balkan regions, as well as international students together. The idea of learning from and with each in a discussion and negotiation based forum where human rights, national and international security, disarmament, economic development, environmental protection, etc. are addressed is therefore at the core of this MUN conference. The young delegates, who might be the leaders of tomorrow, seek solutions to these problems, learn to break away from narrow national or ethnic self-interest and to develop true national and international cooperation. The research and preparation required, the adoption of views and attitudes other than their own and the interaction during discussions is a true challenge and great learning experience for many young people.
Wanting to give young local and international students insights into issues relating to and emerging from Small Arms and Light Weapons Trafficking (SALWT) in the Balkans, we offer a large sponsorship program for qualifying students from the the Western Balkan Region, covering all their expenses, including conference fee, accommodation, housing and transportation if needed. In this way, we hope to increase the local and regional participation at our MostarMUN conference. While English is the official language of this conference, one of the 9 councils will be held in the Local language.
We are looking forward to an unforgettable conference!