First Virtual ZYGMUN Debates Covid-19 Response

This year, for the first time, ZYGMUN took place fully online.  

2020 ZYGMUN Team

For the past three years, ASW has hosted its own Model United Nations (MUN) conference - Zygmunt Model United Nations (ZYGMUN) - here in Warsaw.

When the Covid-19 outbreak hit this year and ASW shifted to virtual learning, the ZYGMUN team of students and directors feared they would have to cancel the conference. But after several weeks of hard work, the team managed to successfully run a virtual ZYGMUN conference. Check out the Opening Ceremony video (watch right until the end for bonus footage)!

Here is a screenshot of a committee in session, with the working document open in a screen share:

Virtual ZYGMUN

Run entirely from students' homes, the conference consisted of six committees and 150 participants from 33 countries. Over two days, delegates discussed the importance of good health and well-being, and debated the responses of governments to the coronavirus emergency, with host Jan W commenting that "in many ways this topic has never been more relevant and impactful on our daily lives".

The ZYGMUN team reported 'overwhelming positive feedback' from conference delegate. Congratulations to all organisers for stepping forward!

If you're interested in the history of MUN at ASW, read our short history