History of Origins

Take highly committed students from all over Europe equipped with different study backgrounds and a very controversial subject that will exploit the borders of political diplomacy. Add culinary specialties of the region and nightly social events to it, finally season it with the Model United Nations spirit and you receive KAMUN’s recipe.
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2010
KAMUN was founded by Tobias Faulhaber, a former member and chairman of the Karlsruhe Model United Nations Initiative e.V.. We started off with the simulation of the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2010. With the objective of promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy, the topic of the Iranian nuclear program was placed on the agenda. Besides discussing whether Iran’s uranium enrichment exceeds the amount needed for the power supply, the so-called confidence-deficit was brought up against the representative. In a countermove the Western bloc was met with severe criticism with regard to the open secret of Israel’s nuclear capacities.
2011
In 2011 we dedicated KaMUN to the pressing subject of global warming, the defining challenge of our age. In the range of the United Nations Environmental Program, the delegates’ attention was particularly turned to the discussion of Global Carbon Markets. Emission trading in order to reduce the carbon footprint did not lag behind the controversies which characterized the previous year’s debate. Nations suffering the most from a changing climate emphasized repeatedly the priority of common actions against the backdrop of single minded interests. Climate change concerns all Nations, requires a collective approach and high efficiency coupled with low emissions were the key messages that brought back consistently all performing participants to the negotiating table.
2012
The following year we extended the scope of our conference and hosted two committees. Participants of KaMUN 2012 broached the issue of equitable distribution of resources in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Special consideration was given to the coordination of the seemingly opposing goals with eradicating poverty and hunger on one hand and finding solutions to the increasing energy demand on the other hand. As well next door the subject of distribution constituted the case in point for the Committee on Disarmament and International Security. In this case the allocation of power in form of the veto right was put up for discussion. Potential reforms of the United Nations Security Council and strategies on how to gradually implement change in agreement with the permanent members divided up the opinions.
2013

KAMUN 2013 started off with far more participants than the year before. The conference was especially characterized by the large share of newcomers, who were given the opportunity to gain experience for future conferences in our relatively small committees and to picture the organizational structures of a MUN. Just as its predecessors the KaMUN 2013 devoted itself to the currently most vibrant and energetic political topics. The members of the United Nations Security Council passionately debated about solutions of the civil war in Syria while others simultaneously negotiated about a reform of the Arms Trade Treaty, a multilateral treaty regulating the international conventional arms trade, in the Committee for Disarmament and International Security (DISEC).

2014

In 2014, we as organizing team were able to bring KAMUN to a new level. A lot of things changed: new conference venue, twice as many participants as 2013, four commitees instead of two, new social events and far more new features. Thanks to the KIT we we had the opportunity use the new presidium building as venue for the conference. Concerning the number of porticipants, we doubled our size. More than 140 delegates from 22 nations came to together and experienced a unique weekend in Karlsruhe. As in 2013 we continued our saturday social event tradition, the atmospheric chees fondue. At friday night we introduced a new social event, the bavarian night, which took place in a relaxed atmosphere and therefore was a good opportunity for the delegates to get to know each other. According to the feedback KAMUN was experienced as conference with attention to detail and a special atmosphere.