Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation was conceived in 2010 as an ideal bridging between the practice of Model United Nations and the continuous emergence of strong regional international organizations. Each of its sessions lies under the general theme “towards effective peacebuilding and sustainable development on a regional level“.
MUN is a global trend on the training of students of political sciences and diplomats, for more than 80 years. Students, undergraduates, young scientists of law, political science or international relations, diplomats or just international relations fans, gather together at places around the world to simulate the works of an international organization and its committees, gaining valuable experience on negotiations and resolution making. During these simulations, each participant is assigned a country which he/she represents during the sessions. He/she is acting as an official of the assigned country, so he/she is challenged to ignore any personal thoughts and act as a true diplomat.
Being academically innovative and challenging, our Model is dedicated to Regional Co-operation. We are getting inspired by the various regional international organizations, that surpass local difficulties to cope with “smaller” issues, but foster and enhance co-operation. During its run, RhodesMRC has provided the academic community with unique simulations of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Organization, the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organization of American States, a Middle East Peace Conference, the African Union, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the North Atlantic Council of NATO and the Council of Europe, while for 2017 it will add the League of Arab States and the Asia-Pasific Economic Co-operation.
For its academic innovation and unique nature, RhodesMRC has received various recognitions including the prestigious patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, for its 2015 and 2016 editions, it has been selected as one of the top projects for European Youth in 2013 by the Nantes Creative Generations program in France and it has been the cornerstone of the House of Europe in Rhodes awarding by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, in 2012.
During its 9 years run, more than 1600 people from 24 countries have participated to RhodesMRC, contributing to its advancement while sharing the experience of diplomatic procedure and unique moments of fun!