University of Coimbra International Model of United Nations

29th August - 1st September


During four immersive days, we want participants to experience the perks of international negotiations while representing and acting as a diplomat from a nation of their choice. We will enable them to visit Coimbra’s UNESCO Heritage and let them feel involved in the academic spirit that only a 727-year-old University can provide. Besides all the learning, self-improvement and group-sharing, we want them to have fun because we believe that by enjoying yourself you will definitely be more open to accept new ideas and to fall in love not only with MUN spirit, but also with “the city of knowledge”. It is in the nature of Coimbra, the home of the country’s first University and one of the oldest in the World, to be Portugal’s entrance gate to new challenges and ideas

Selected Committees
Participants from all around the World

1st and unique

UCIMUN17 was the first international simulation held in portuguese soil and UCIMUN continues to be an unique initiative;


Brand position close to UC and International students;


A Student -to- Student iniciative;


High focus on soft-skills
-public-speaking problem-solving.

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”

(Preamble of the UNESCO Constitution)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO, one of the many UN specialised agencies, contributes to the construction of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue by promoting cooperation among Nations through education, science, culture and communication. At the heart of UNESCO’s mission there is a permanent concern about the human rights and fundamental
freedoms, indistinctively of race, sex, language or religion.

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“We know now that without gender equality and a full role for women in society, in the
economy, in governance, we will not be able to achieve the world we hoped for” 

Phumzile MIambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN WOMEN

Created in 2010, UN WOMEN is an UN entity seeking to achieve gender equality and the
empowerment of women. It works with governments and civil societies on laws, policies,
programmes and services in order to create real conditions that would benefit women and
girls and meet its goals. It has focused its action on five priority areas:
– Women’s leadership and participation;
– Violence against women;
– Participation of women in peace and security processes;
– Women’s economic empowerment;
– Gender equality central to national planning and budgeting.
UN WOMEN’s work is a step further to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, in
particular goal nº 5 «Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls».

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“When the Council is united, its members can wage war, impose blockades, unseat
governments, and levy sanctions, all in the name of the international community. There are
almost no limits to the body’s authority.” 

David L. Bosco

The UNSC is one of the six main organs of the United Nations. Its primary responsibility is
the maintenance of the international peace and security and it is the only UN body with the
capacity of taking binding decisions. Contested and criticized, the UNSC is nonetheless a
key organ in the International System as it has the power to stop and make wars or even
impose sanctions to any State Member of the United Nations. Meetings at the UNSC are
often characterized by intense diplomatic disputes, especially among the 5 permanent
Member States who have the power to veto any resolution!

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“When the fundamental principles of human rights are not protected, the centre of our
institution no longer holds. It is they that promote development that is sustainable; peace that
is secure; and lives of dignity” 

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Created in 2006 by the General Assembly, this inter-governmental body is responsible for
the promotion of universal respect of human rights and to address situations of human rights
violations and make recommendations on them. Through dialogue, capacity building, and
technical assistance, the goal of the Human Rights Council is to help UN Member States to
meet with their obligations concerning human rights. Finally, this council is endowed with
several mechanisms that allow to monitor Member States and to bring human rights
violations to its attention.

“It is particularly hard for me to describe my UCIMUN experience simply because I am not able to pu tinto words how enriching  it was for me . Still, what I can do is share a piece of advice for future delegates: aplly for UCIMUN 2018 EDITION – Model United Nations could not get any better than this.”

Lucas Battistello

Participant UCIMUN 17

“They often say that you can’t buy friendship, fun and all those good things in life. After going to last year’s UCIMUN, I can tell you that it’s a lie. Enroll for the conference because it’s a bargain and you’ll
get much more than you asked for in the beginning”

João Paulo Monteiro

Participant UCIMUN 17

35 €

Conference Pack

  • Committee Sessions Attendance
  • Opening/Closing Ceremony

50 €

Conference + Meals

  • Committee Sessions Attendance
  • Opening/Closing Ceremony
  • 6 Meals
  • Coffee-Break

100 €

Conference + Meals + Accomodation

  • Committee Sessions Attendance
  • Opening/Closing Ceremony
  • 6 Meals
  • Coffee-Break
  • Hostel Accomodation


A special dinner on a special venue to all the participants



The Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra is the oldest faculty of Portugal, and is thus one of the country’s most touristic destinations, making it Coimbra’s landmark. On the top of a hill, its location is the former location of a Roman Villa, a 9th century Muslim Castle, a Royal Palace in the 12th century, and a University since the 18th century. Nowadays, many centuries later, it is a perfect junction between the old and the new: ancient buildings meet with modern equipment, offering a truly unique environment. This is why, since 2013, the University of Coimbra is part of the UNESCO World Heritage


“Coimbra is well known for its relaxed and bohemian lifestyle. Since the students make nearly one-third of the city’s population, we have a lot of different pubs, cafes and nightclubs where the ones who love to party will have a great time



Serenata Hostel

Dating from the early 20TH century, the building where today is Serenata Hostel was once the Bissaya Barreto’s maternity and subsequently the Music Conservatory of Coimbra. However, the building was completely restored and ready to receive you. Located in the heart of Coimbra, at Largo da Sé Velha (UNESCO World Heritage), close to all the attractions of our city, Serenata’s location allows their guests to move around without needing to resort any public transportation

NS Hostel

“The "NS" is a hostel located in a prime central city of Coimbra (UNESCO's world heritage) - at Rua Lourenço de Almeida Azevedo, along the famous Jardim da Sereia (Mermaid’s Garden) and just steps from the well-known Praça da República (Republic Square), a meeting point for students and academic stage for various celebrations. The Hostel is installed in a building dating from 1930 that has been fully restored. Keeping the original design, the hostel offers a blend of themes and details ranging from the design of the modern era, conserving worked ceilings, staircase, wood floors and hand carved stone walls.

Our team

We are a group of students deeply engaged in civic activity who understand the rich heritage of the city of Coimbra. With its historical past on the national panorama, we want the city, alongside its University, to be, once again, a hub for critical thinking and a point of connection with the ideas spread through the world.

Our umbrella association is NERIFE/AAC, which is part of one of the oldest Students Union in Portugal, Associação Académica de Coimbra (AAC), a 130-year-old association with a major impact in contemporary Portuguese history. After our successful first UCIMUN edition, our team is now more than able to provide you with a better, a bigger and more ambitious Conference!


Mariana Riquito

Secretary General


Director General

Pedro Sousa

Finance, Fundraising & Sponsorships Team

Alexandre Ferreira

Social Media and Communication

Diogo Rodeiro

Finance, Fundraising & Sponsorships Team

Pedro Figueiredo

Finance, Fundraising & Sponsorships Team

Rui Pedro Rodrigues

Personnel Team


Personnel Team

Catarina Santos

Personnel Team

Alessandra Ciccolella

Academic Advisory and Chairs Coordinators

Arsenie Badarau

Social media and communication

Daniel Oliveira

Academic Advisory and Chairs Coordinators

Camila Vidal

Social Media and Communication



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