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LSE hosts London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) 2004 Conference

Students and sixthformers from London and beyond will recreate their own United Nations debates at a conference this year hosted at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 February.

The London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) is a charity, now in its fifth year, which has grown to be the largest university based conference in the UK. The conference is organised by students from the various colleges of the University of London, and is mainly aimed at sixth form and university students from both the UK and abroad. In 2003 LIMUN had more than 300 participants. This year the idea is to open up the experience to more students than ever before, and simulate the work of the UN General Assembly, Security Council, ECOSOC, Political, Disarmament, Social Humanitarian and Cultural departments, and the International Court of Justice.

LIMUN 2004 will also be holding a special conference on the Middle East which aims to raise money for two victims of the war on Iraq: Ali Abbas and Ahmad Hamza. This year too LIMUN will attempt to cover the delegate fees of 50 state school students through an Outreach Programme. The conference fee per delegate is £15/€23 .

Richard Wu, LIMUN organiser, said: 'Our work stems from the belief that we can make a small but significant step to fostering world peace by creating more in-depth understanding of the difficulties of finding solutions to the world's problems. We'll be examining the standpoints of opposing nations and giving people the opportunity to seek a solution process, using the same methods as the real UN. By encouraging involvement in real conflict resolution, we also hope to influence the policy makers of tomorrow. Resolutions that are passed at LIMUN 2004 will be forwarded to the UN Secretary-General's office in New York.'

Guest speakers at LIMUN will include Professor The Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE, shadow minister for health, a former professor of surgery at Guy's Hospital, and chairman of the charity Mercyships UK. He will be speaking on Sunday 29 February.

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For more information, please visit http://www.limun.org.uk|

Press queries for LIMUN 2004: contact Richard Wu, tel: 07906 926068; email: p.s.ng@lse.ac.uk|

25 February 2004

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