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Introduction to Yale Model Government Europe

Welcome to YMGE!

Hello Delegates,

Welcome to the official training course for the All-American Model UN team that competes at Yale Model Government Europe in Budapest, Hungary! A few quick items before we begin. First, please know that this tutorial is not connected in any official capacity with Yale Model Government Europe or its parent, the Yale International Relations Association. However, this course is designed to teach all delegates who would like to learn about how the All-American Model UN team prepares for this conference. Second, if you are an All-American Model UN delegate, you must complete all of the modules in this course and submit your paper before November 10.

I hope you learn a lot from this training course, and if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected] with questions. I promise to answer each one!

What is YMGE?

So first off, the conference abbreviation is pronounced yim-G’. There, I already saved you some embarrassment from when you get to Budapest.

YMGE is a sub-body of the Yale International Relations Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit run by students who attend Yale University. YIRA also hosts a bunch of other cool conferences like YMUN (New Haven, CT), YMUN Korea (Seoul, Korea), YMUN Taiwan (Taipei, Taiwan), and YMUN Shanghai (Shanghai, China). We think YMGE is the best.

The Yale Model Government Europe conference, as you may have guessed, simulates various bodies that impact the political, economic, and social life of citizens living in and around the European Union. Unlike traditional Model UN conference, its highly specialized and focused nature give students the opportunity to dive into European politics and European identity.

Moreover, one aspect separated YMGE from traditional Model UN: all of the YMGE committees operate in a single “universe,” where the actions of one committee affect all others. This is what’s known as an “integrated” conference. And it’s awesome.

One more thing before I let you go onto the next lesson

At YMGE, you’ll either be assigned to the Councils & Ministers track or to a Specialized Agency. Regardless of your assignment, you’re going to have a lot of fun and learn a ton.

Even if you don’t have your exact assignment right now, it’s OK! Continue on with this course so that you can better understand how the conference works as a whole. Because of the integrated nature of YMGE, you’ll need to have an understanding of how each of the committees work anyway.

Continue to Lesson 2: What is a Crisis Committee?