What is TIMUN?

The International Model United Nations (TIMUN) is a five-day simulation on international relations through discussions of the global status quo, which closely parallels the United Nations and its proceedings. The conference held annually in Colombo, Sri Lanka, empowers young minds to develop vital skills in research, writing, speaking, negotiation and conflict resolution, as they step into the role of delegates for the countries they represent. At TIMUN, delegates gain in-depth insights into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of world leaders and international decision makers. TIMUN provides that ideal platform for young leaders to debate the most pressing issues of the day and to draft innovative, creative solutions.

True to the spirit of the United Nations, TIMUN endeavors to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on a range of complex issues, including international peace and security and economic and social progress. We believe this experience will challenge delegates to think critically about policies and to drive change within their communities. Since its inception, TIMUN has strived to create a community of ambitious and talented delegates from all corners of Sri Lanka and the world, who feels passionately about the future of the Earth and recognizes their power to mold it for the better

Conference Theme

"Think Global, Act Local"

The very basis of Model United National is thinking globally; each student is assigned a country and has to simulate the immense global issues that one country cannot tackle alone, no matter how powerful or how regionally positioned it is. Often isolated in hotels or classrooms, we focus only on the committee room when we think about Model UN conferences. Operated clinical policy and politics, divorced from the emotional realities of the issues we debate. But topics like gender equality or water management are just as pressing in the towns and cities where we hold our conferences as they are on the international scale.

We believe it is of the highest importance that youth engage towards building a more sustainable world, that is why our conference theme this year is “Think Global, Act Local”. The delegates are urged to ‘think Global but to act Local’, thereby encouraging the TIMUN delegates to go beyond drafting resolutions and to become agents of change in their communities.

This renewed emphasis on the community outside of the conference is part of what makes this year’s conference so special. The theme will permeate through all aspects of the conference. From the keynote speakers we bring in to talk to delegates, to the committee topics themselves, a great emphasis will be placed on promoting common ground among delegates and a worldview that considers the delicate balance between the local and the global.

Why TIMUN?

CONTINUOUS REDEFINITION

Continuous Redefinition

Innovation beyond expectations

Unparalleled MUN experience

Over the past years, TIMUN witnessed the collective participation of over 350 students representing some of the distinguished schools and universities in Sri Lanka. Following the success of the last few years, we at TIMUN have taken up the challenge of reforming the MUN arena of Sri Lanka. TIMUN is all about redefinition. Hence the conference is colored by an enriching agenda composed of a memorable committee experience, an exceptional array of keynote speeches, an engaging crisis simulation and other vibrant events which unite to form an unparalleled MUN conference.

Growth Scope and Diversity

Growing beyond ordinary

A Complete learning experience

This year is one of growth for TIMUN. Not only will the Conference be held for five days to allow for a wholesome experience, it will also be a truly global MUN platform as we are striving for a participation of 100 international delegates from all parts of the world for the conference. Through this, we hope to globalize the Sri Lankan brand in the international MUN arena. Furthermore, TIMUN 2020 will feature new committees such as the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and a Special Committee.

GROWTH SCOPE AND DIVERSITY
Quality and Decorum Unparalleled

Quality and Decorum Unparalleled

A qualitative experience

Once in a lifetime exposure

The Executive Committee of TIMUN is carefully selected to include the most passionate and dedicated individuals. Months of thorough research and discussion are dedicated to the preparation of the material for the respective committees, resulting in well-organized, challenging and focused committees. TIMUN challenges its young leaders to confront pressing issues in the world, through sustained discussions, respectful debate and negotiation whilst maintaining the highest levels of decorum at all times. The conference is designed to foster negotiation and public speaking skills, introduce delegates to a range of global challenges and provide culturally diverse perspectives on a variety of issues.

Beyond and Conference

A responsible MUN experience

Working with communitees

TIMUN is driven by an educational mission of shedding light on the importance of collaborating the art of diplomacy and the value of leadership, with key skills such as knowledge an oratory. We provide participating delegates and their respective schools/universities with an individualized conference performance report. Such performance evaluations allow the participants to benchmark themselves, which will in turn help them with upcoming conferences and other MUN events.

Beyond and Conference

TIMUN 2020Secretariat

Manju Govindan

Faculty Advisor

Ms. Manju Govindan is an English Language Teacher at Asian Grammar School, and is currently reading for her masters in Education. She has served as the faculty advisor for MUN in her school for five years, and has guided her students to be avid MUNers featuring many a moment of award winning glory and insightful learning. She is a strong supporter of transforming Model United Nations Platforms in to learning experiences for all, and is a key figure who shaped the journey of TIMUN, in becoming what it is today.

Chiranthi Senanayake

Secretary General

Ms. Chiranthi Senanayake is currently a final year undergraduate studying Economics at the university of Colombo who is also following a degree in law at Sri Lanka Law college. A product of Ladies’ College Colombo, she is also social activist, a passion which led to her appointment as the Youth Delegate for United Nations 2013/14. She is the founder of HYPE, Sri Lanka’s first youth incubator. A strong advocate for Youth Activism, she is also an award winning public speaker. She is a well experienced MUNer, having served in executive and secretariat positions in numerous conferences including TIMUN 2019.

Rashima De Silva

Under Secretary General

Ms. Rashima De Silva is a final year undergraduate in the University of Kelaniya, pursuing her higher studies in International Relations. A product of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya Galle, she attended her first MUN conference a decade ago, which set her career goal of becoming a diplomat in stone. An award winning stage actress, she is the co-founder of Misfit Souls, a movement which strives to address social issues through performing arts. Her numerous youth engagements span across youth organizations such as AIESEC and Leo, and as an MUNer, she has served in several Executive,Secretariat and advisory positions, including TIMUN 2019.