September 15 2017
Arnhem Model United Nation Conference 2017
2014 was an important year in Europe with regards to commemoration. The main events will be the D-day commemoration on 6th June 2016 and the Battle of Arnhem commemoration, (14th – 18 September). The 2017 YOUCEE Conference invites students from several European countries to the Netherlands to reflect on and discuss topics like war, peace, justice and international cooperation. The Battle of Arnhem (17th – 26th September 1944) is the starting point and the focus will be on the interaction between students as they learn about then achievements of Europe since 1944. What is life like in Europe in 2017, how do we perceive ourselves within the European borders and institutions of the modern day, what lessons have we learned from the Second World War and how do we apply them to life today? This international youth platform provides an opportunity for expressing personal ideas, opinions and views in a multi-cultural setting and a relaxed atmosphere. The highlights will be the Arnhem Model United Nations conference on 15th September and the contributions towards, and attendance at the commemoration ceremonies on 16th and 17th September. Educational packages will be distributed in all the participating countries and will be used to prepare for the conference.
The YOUCEE Conference is a continuation of the Airborne International Youth Conference (AIYC), an annual event, which has been held since 2001 in response to the special request of the Arnhem veterans, who consider the youth conference to be a “Bridge to the Future”. In close co-operation with the Arnhem International School, the AIYC successfully organized this conference up to 2013. The vision of expanding the conference in 2014 (for the 70th commemoration of the Battle of Arnhem), has gained support from the European Union which has agreed to subsidize the conference with a substantial grant for 2014. The award of this grant is in relation to the YOUCEE name, which will henceforth be used instead of AIYC. Founding Youcee will be able to host approximately 125 students and teachers from the September 12th to 17th 2017.