ECLYMUN is a student organisation born in the French engineer school Centrale Lyon in 2016. Firstly as project suggested by the school in order to promote interest in geopolitics, it became the first organization of the kind in French engineering schools. In this very first year, the members of ECLYMUN succeeded in staging the first Model United Nations with panel discussions and general assemblies gathering 50 participants from Centrale Lyon, surrounding schools and universities abroad on matters such as Valencia, Sciences-Po ... .

In 2018, the new ECLYMUN team decided to focus rather on Centrale Lyon’s students as a public to gather momentum within the school by hosting mini-MUNs grouped by dozen of students a time periodically. Students joined together for panel discussions on world issues, situations and geopolitics such as independentism security, or health issues in a formal setting specific to the one taking place at the UN. In addition, debates in various languages were staged to give an equal voice to many foreign students of the campus, in order to let them feel more aware and able to express and discuss on the events and issues taking place in the world.

This year, our team is determined to reach the same missions, and much more. The number of members has grown and we aim to develop and foster speaking out on issues they are concern about. We care about helping them defend their opinions in debates. Therefore, we already successfully launched our first eloquence contest in our Centrale Lyon in February 2019, as we plan many more events this year. We want to give debates and geopolitical skills in our student engineer population the richness it embodies, and new events are exepected including a journalism contest, the traditional mini-MUNs, multilingual debates. As we care about providing a global and concrete idea of Geopolitics, the novelty of this year will also be some visits of prestigious international institutions around Lyon and a new staging of a larger Model United Nations in May which will be our biggest event, expecting 100 participants coming on our campus to debate on matters regarding access to healthcare.

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