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RhodesMRC has been innovative from its very conception. Models of the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe or NATO existed for decades. They were specialized to these very respective organizations and their bodies, or some EU, NATO and the Council of Europe organs were usually just committees in larger MUN conferences.

Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation was conceived as an annual meeting totally dedicated to International Organizations with mandate to a specific region. It even pushed further the envelope, having the Union for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea Economic Co-operation as its first simulated committees. It was the first time these two organizations were ever simulated. In 2013 it included to its program the first ever international simulation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. In 2015 simulated for the first time ever the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council of Europe, and created a unique ad-hoc body, the Middle East Peace Conference, a crisis committee. The same edition greatly expanded the scope of regional co-operation beyond the usual interests of Europe and the Middle East, with one of the first european simulations of the Organization of American States.

In 2016, the African Union was added, also one of the first european simulations of this major African regional institution. Furthermore, NATO’s North Atlantic Council was included in the conference, but with the unusual practice of dual delegation, providing an almost experimental experience to its participants, as this practice is considered highly unusual for such European conferences.

This year’s edition, will also include the League of Arab States and the Asia-Pasific Economic Co-operation to the conference, covering all geographical regions of our planet. It will also introduce a total of 4 crisis committees, as the MEPC, NATO’s NAC, OSCE and the new LAS will all convene to deal with the same simulated crisis, with events deploying through the whole preparation of the participants and the climax set during the 5 days of the conference for the aspiring diplomats to solve.

Each step of RhodesMRC’s evolution was a major challenge on its own, but what else innovation and pioneering are other than winning over all obstacles and conventions?