The American College of Greece Model United Nations (ACGMUN) Conference is a three-day conference conducted in English and open to senior secondary school students (although junior secondary school students are also welcome), which first took place in 2017 on the campus of Pierce, The American College of Greece and this year successfully completed the 4th ACGMUN session.
1st ACGMUN: March 31st-April 2nd, 2017
2nd ACGMUN: March 15th – March 17th, 2018
3rd ACGMUN: April 5th – April 7th, 2019
4th ACGMUN: April 4th – April 5th, 2020 (Cancelled, a few weeks before it was about to take place due to Covid-19 restrictions)
4th ACGMUN: March 19th –March 21st, 2021
5th ACGMUN: due to take place April 8th – April 10th, 2022
Pierce, The American College of Greece, is situated in Athens, Greece and is a school with a long history, dating back to 1875. As stated in the Pierce site, “The mission of Pierce is to provide a holistic education to form intellectually independent, morally responsible, socially engaged global citizens. “Non ministrari sed ministrare” (“Not to be served but to serve”) defines our institutional character and our aspiration for our students.”
ACGMUN therefore, also abides by the above principles and aims to create an environment during the conference where students will be able to research and debate on current issues, which affect the global community and feel comfortable to express their opinions and subsequently form alliances to work on feasible solutions.
The 1st ACGMUN was proud to have a total of 250 delegates attend from schools in Greece and around the world. The 2nd ACGMUN had a total of 350 delegates and the 3rd and 4th ACGMUN a total of 450 delegates. Every year, we have approximately 20 – 35 schools attend and the majority of delegates are non-Pierce students. Schools that have participated on an international level, come from countries such as: Bulgaria, India, Turkey, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Italy & South Africa.
Every conference has a central theme, on which some of the Agenda topics are based upon. Themes in the past have been: Globalism, Stability, Equality / Digital Citizenship / Zero Hunger / Global Unity and this year’s theme, which is Decent Work and Economic Growth, which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The students of the organizing team of each conference decide upon both the theme and the Agenda topics. ACGMUN enforces THIMUN Rules of Procedure. English is the only official and working language of this conference and therefore it is used in all proceedings and all kinds of communication between the delegates. This rule applies to all the committees and the school premises at all times
The greatest asset of ACGMUN is the fact that it is organised by students to a great extent. The organising team each year consists of approximately ten Pierce students, who are selected through an interview among others, and in collaboration with the three Pierce MUN Directors (Advisors), former ACGMUN Secretariat members as well as the current Secretariat of each conference, they all work closely together to create a incredibly and highly reputable MUN conference each year. For the opening ceremony each year we invite high profile guest speakers, such as ambassadors from various countries. Our closing ceremonies all have a more fun tone with student officers being given their turn to speak.
We have been attending THIMUN since 2018. The first three years we were there for the live conference, and this year, we also participated in the online version. Naturally, we will be participating in the 2022 online THIMUN conference as well. We definitely look forward to and hope to be able to always attend THIMUN conferences.
Our conference also prides itself in the fact that it strives to upkeep the sustainability goals of our school and during our live conferences, we even achieved a silver star in sustainability, according to our school’s guidelines, by reducing waste to a minimum in accordance to the Stars Rating System, from which our school has received a gold star.
During our three-day conference, we even publish a newsletter, with events of the day and highlights been mentioned, and in 2019, our conference featured an online live blog in its place so as to further reduce paper usage.
Finally, we are hopeful that the 5th ACGMUN will be able to take place live and our dream to attain THIMUN affiliation will be realised.