Each year, ESCP students take part in the National Model United Nations, the world's biggest simulation of UN negotiations.
Over 5,000 students from around the world will meet in New York at the UN Headquarters in March. At ESCP, the Call On’U society gathers students who share a common interest in diplomacy to train for this prestigious global event. Teams from four of our six European campuses will represent various countries in different committees, playing the role of delegates.
From 9th to 11th February, the ‘Yes to UN’ 2019 conference took place at the London campus to intensify training in negotiations skills and United Nations protocol. 110 participants from three schools attended: from ESCP’s campuses in London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin; ESSEC Business School, Paris; and EM Lyon Business School.
The event began with an evening conference on 9th February, featuring guest speaker Teymouraz Gorjestani, a diplomat and Head of Political Section in the French Embassy in the UK. Mr Gorjestani gave a fascinating speech on his experience within the United Nations, and took questions from the floor regarding behaviour, protocol and attitudes within a diplomatic negotiation situation.
The conference was organised entirely by ESCP students, led by Annabelle Von Barczy (President of Call On’U London) and Camilo Gonzalez (President of Call On’U Paris), both of whom were members of the Paris Campus delegation in 2018.
Last year, ESCP students from Berlin, London and Paris represented Honduras, Italy and Argentina at the 2018 NMUN. The London and Berlin teams both came home with Honourable Mention Delegation Awards.
Watch the 2018 ESCP NMUN video
This year, Call On’U Berlin, London and Paris will represent Slovenia, Brazil and Mexico respectively. The Madrid campus is sending a delegation for 2019, led by Bachelor in Management (BSc) student Sophia Göppinger and member of the prize-winning 2018 London Campus delegation; her team will represent Saudi Arabia.
Annabelle Von Barczy said: “The 2019 ‘YES to UN’ event was a great success. Not only did we have the pleasure of welcoming students from ESSEC, EM Lyon and ESCP, but we also had the chance to host Teymouraz Gorjestani, who shared his experience in the UN with us.
“Everybody enjoyed the event, especially because they had the chance to speak and act as delegates the way they will be doing it in NYC in March. I think it was a great opportunity for all the students to picture the challenges of the NMUN, especially regarding the rules and procedures. The best students received an award, as they will New York.
“In my opinion, everybody did a great job and I am very pleased to be the President of Call On’U London.”