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HELIMUN VIII Annual Session


The Helsinki International Model United Nations VIII Annual Session, 2008 Conference, was held at Kulosaari Secondary School on May 6-7th, 2008.

Opening Ceremny with Ms Deputy Secretary General Elina Väänänen, Ms President of the General Assembly Jade Ylitalo, Mr Secretary General Jaakko Junttila and the Principal Mr Lauri Halla
Opening Ceremny with Ms Deputy Secretary General Elina Väänänen, Ms President of the General Assembly Jade Ylitalo, Mr Secretary General Jaakko Junttila and the Principal Mr Lauri Halla

Secretary General: Mr Jaakko Junttila (Kulosaari Upper Secondary School)
Deputy Secretary General: Ms Elina Väänänen (Ressu Upper Secondary)

The story of HELIMUN started in 2001 when a group of Kulosaari Upper Secondary School students participated in the Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN). Two of these delegates, Ms. Aino Efraimsson and Ms. Milla Paalanen, got the idea of organising a MUN-conference to the 9th grade students at Kulosaari secondary School. The first MUN-conference, MINIMUN, was held in May 2001.

Admins at work screening
Admins at work screening

During the following three years the MUN-conference, now known as KUMUN, expanded. Besides Kulosaari Secondary School students also other schools were invited to participate in the conference. In August 2004 the name of the conference was changed to Helsinki International Model United Nations (HELIMUN) to encourage also foreign schools to participate in the conference. The first conference under the new name was held in May 2005 with participants from various schools, for example International School of Helsinki, Maunula Secondary School and Riga Hanza School from Latvia among those participating.

The Security Council student officers Ms Hyatt al-Shammari and Mr Ilmari Perälä
The Security Council student officers Ms Hyatt al-Shammari and Mr Ilmari Perälä