For the last 30 years, The Hague has been the stage of The European International Model United Nations. The history of TEIMUN started in 1987, when a group of American students who were on an exchange program in The Netherlands organized the first TEIMUN conference. These founders of TEIMUN were members of the United Nations Association in the USA (UNA-USA). UNA-USA’s main objective is to teach people about the United Nations. The Association tries to accomplish this goal through a number of educational efforts like conferences and workshops. The most famous of these was and still is the Model United Nations conference.
The early years of TEIMUN were a struggle. There was much to overcome: students’ attitudes in Europe towards simulations of the United Nations, the costs of running the conference in Europe from the United States (where the Board of Directors was previously based), helping students from less developed countries to participate and coordinating the work of the student leaders in the international secretariat. Through perseverance, hard work and dedication TEIMUN grew and prospered. The turning point was when the Groningen branch of the Dutch Student Association for International Relations (SIB) took over the responsibilities for the organization of the conference through the organizing committee. This partnership between UNA-USA and SIB transformed the conference from a predominantly American undertaking to a truly international program. Later on, the cooperation between SIB and UNA-USA in organizing the conference was replaced by the organizing work of the SIB-TEIMUN Foundation alone. The organization of TEIMUN now became a Dutch enterprise, runned from Groningen. During the last years the SIB and TEIMUN continued to grow apart and in 2008 the TEIMUN foundation separated itself from SIB.
Over the years, TEIMUN has grown steadily. The TEIMUN conference became one of the biggest and most important MUNs on the European mainland, with participants registering for the conference from over 65 different countries. The program was extended with a simulation of the International Court of Justice. In the last few years the conference has been enlarged by adding the North Atlantic Council in 2004, the Economic and Social Council in 2006 and the Food and Agricultural Organization in 2007. In 2008, the FAO was replaced by the Human Rights Council. In 2010 the Historical Council has been added to the conference, making a total of 7 committees in which students can take place.
Not withstanding the past, the members of the Board of Directors and Staff of TEIMUN try to improve and professionalize the continuity and long term growth of TEIMUN. Building on thirty years of experience, the Board and Staff of TEIMUN 2017 look out to the future with great trust. Everyone involved in the organization of this year’s conference is looking forward to the conference and is hoping that another successful edition of TEIMUN will be added to the already impressive history of Europe’s oldest student-level Model United Nations.