The annual Japanese University English Model United Nations (JUEMUN) Conference was hosted by Kyoto University of Foreign Studies on June 25th-27th, 2021. 149 student delegates from 12 universities (and coincidently 12 nationalities) took part in the event. Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic the event was held online, but due to the lifting of the state of emergency the three meetings were chaired in person on campus by students from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kobe City of Foreign Studies, and Notre Dame Seishin University, Okayama.
The Agenda theme was Appropriate and Resilient Development for Environmental Sustainability and the three meetings and committee topics focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9, 12, and 13, were as follows:
Meeting 1: Appropriate Infrastructure Innovation and Industry for Sustainable Development (SDG 9)
Meeting 2: Responsible Consumption and Production for a Sustainable Economy (SDG 12)
Meeting 3: Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and its Impacts (SDG 13)
Professor Emeritus Craig Smith of KUFS who was a co-founder of JUEMUN, and recently sadly passed away, was adamant that JUEMUN events should be student-run and student-led. As a mark of respect, JUEMUN 2021 closely followed Craig’s wishes
The ZOOM meeting opened on Friday with an opening address from the Secretary Generals, Niklaus Weigelt (4th year, Department of Global Studies, KUFS) and Hibiki Maeda (4th year, Department of Global Studies, KUFS) of Global Studies, KUFS, to the delegates followed by two guest speakers, Kaoru Nemoto - Director, United Nations Information Center - Tokyo and Rev. Takafumi Zenryu Kawakami - Deputy Head Priest, Shunkoin Temple.
This event is also featured in the KUFS official blog of the Department of Global Studies. Please check it out.