For the second year in a row Venice hosted hundreds of students from all around the region Veneto ready to take part to the project IMUN organized by the United Network Europa which has already been done all around Italy since 2017.

IMUN 2019 took place in the Liceo Benedetti-Tommaseo from the 28.01 to the 30.01.

The topics which are discussed and addressed are a lot, each of them dealing with the most urgent current events such as internationals conflicts, sustainable development in the developing countries, changes of the climate, international arms trafficking and so on; all of them are divided in three Committees (CSTD, IOM, WFP) each specialised in certain topics.

IOM Committee was founded in 1951 and is the main intergovernmental organisation in the context of migration. With 173 member states, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. It mainly works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.  IOM mainly performs pilot projects for selective migration (identification and skills’ assessment of potential migrants in areas of major migration pressure) and elaborates orientation and integration modules for migrant workers.

So this were the main topics discussed in the simulation.

On the first day the Chair started introducing general information about the Committee and its topics (racism , migration, discrimination..), explaining their causes and consequences and also the possible solutions (which are very in need nowadays).

Then the 1st session started with MOD caucus where the countries mainly talked and interacted about their general situation: some of them are more tolerant than others or are struggling with economic crisis or with the numbers of immigrants constantly increasing; possible solutions like introducing education programmes, job integration and social media propagandas were suggested.

The delegates also discussed about the different kinds of discrimination which may be towards black people in the case of Argentina and others or towards national tribes in the case of Kuwait.

The final topic discussed during the initials MOD conversations were the different effects of immigration in each countries, the problems about the number of migrants coming in each nation and discrimination in the health system.

Later the UNMOD caucus started and the delegates started interacting with each other in groups trying to find solutions and create alliances: two main ones were created, one of them focused on education and work and the other on social media and social integration.

After the lunch break the 2nd session started and the discussion focused on practical solutions which could be suggested and proposed: the main topics that came out at the end were housing, health, education, labour market and corporation.

At one point Spain also proposed to talk about parenting of migrants in the labour market and in general about human right for women and men.

The first day ended successfully and everyone seemed very content for the work done.

Tuesday was the second day of the UN simulation and after all the delegates and the chair gathered together the 1st session started with a revision and an organisation of all the previous work, which focused on 5 main topics being the fight against discrimination in the labour market, health services, housing rights, education, positive perception of migration and their possible solutions, as creating databases for migrants or new NGOs for example.

Before the first MOD conversation  started the chair revised with the delegate how to write a draft resolution.

In the MOD discussion the representatives talked about other solutions for discrimination which were focused on intercepting the fake news and organizing sport/concerts/competitions to raise money and invest them on education out of these events.

Then the UNMOD caucus began and it was very clear that two alliances were created and they were starting to organise the work for the draft resolution.

When this part ended, another MOD caucus was requested and many countries presented what they did during the previous caucus: some of them suggested to start social media competitions or built popular temporary houses to host the immigrants and many other ideas.

During the following hours the whole committee focused on writing the draft resolution which had to be presented to the chair at the end of the day. All the delegates showed a lot of collaboration with one another.

When everyone finished to eat their lunch offered by the school and the staff, the 2nd session started and was focused on healthcare, NGOs, housing and mainly on the Rohingya situation in Myanmar including the possible solutions. Everyone was centred in cooperation and collaboration in order to work better and be more efficient.

The day ended with the conclusion of the draft resolutions and a conversation about them.

The final day has arrived and all the participants were ready to conclude their works and concentrate on cooperation, collaboration and respect. The first session was all about the suggestions and corrections from the chair about the draft resolutions in order to improve them. The delegates requested an UNMOD caucus to then finally revise their draft resolutions and write the amendments; later one delegate for each alliance explained to the others their documents more in detail and the Q&A phase started: whoever had questions could ask the delegates and they could answer  so that everything was clear to everyone. Then it was time for another UNMOD part during which the delegates could write all the final amendments and edit the documents.

The final part before lunch was the voting procedure where all the IOM Committee had to vote in favour, against or abstain for the amendments and then for the completed draft resolutions: both of them passed!

Later in the afternoon it was time for the conclusive ceremony in a the Biennale’s room near Piazza San Marco; everyone was there including teachers, parents and special guests. The ceremony started with the speeches of the guests (as the school principal or the Assessor Paola Mar) and all the credits. Then it was time for the delegates to present to everyone their draft resolutions and for the others to vote them, again every one passed which meant that the students did a really great job and achieved the goal. The final hour was about the prices which were received from the delegates who stood out. Finally the ceremony was over and it was clear that everyone had a really great time and learned a lot. Once again the IMUN Venice was over and the countdown for the next one begins!

Marina Cervellin