Rome 2016

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This year’s WorldMUN is taking the Friedrich-Schiller-University delegation to the heart of the world’s longest empire and one of Europe’s most breathtaking cities, Rome. From March 13th to March 18th our six delegates will be conquering international debates and mastering the art of negotiation in Italy’s inspiring capital. Rome also is the capital of the Lazio (Latium) region and with its dense population also ranks as the fourth most populous city in the European Union with 2.9 million inhabitants in just 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi). The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio, and spreads along the shores of Tiber river. The Vatican City is an independent country within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.

Rome has also had a great history as well. According to a legend around 753BC, a she-wolf once found a set of twins crying by the Tiber, rescued and suckled them. When they grew up, they decided to build a city along the river they were found. However, due to an argument they had on which hill to build the city on, the brothers fought and Remus was killed. So Rome took its name from the victorious brother signalling the beginning of a long and successful of the place.

bigstock-Fountain-di-Trevi-in-Rome-Ita-36753919With the passing of time Rome became the center of the greatest and longest surviving empire of the world, the Roman Empire. The Empire dates back from 27BC to 476 with the fall of the Western part of the empire, but even before that there was the Roman Kingdom from 753BD to 509BC, a kingdom ruled by seven kings, each of whom became a legend and the first of them was Romulus, and the Roman Empire from 509BC to 27BC, where Julius Caesar and Mark Antony were amongst the last rulers. With such a great history, Rome has enjoyed many glorious as well as tumultuous times, something that of course is depicted with its great monuments that decorate its streets and squares with the gems of history, such as the Colloseum, the Pantheon, the Fontana di Trevi or the Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti.

downloadHowever, Rome is not just a city of the past for it holds great importance to the international community, not only is Italy one of the world’s leading economies and founding member of the G8 but also Rome is home of many UN departments and commissions, such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and also hosts major international and worldwide political and cultural organisations, such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP). It is outstanding that Rome, the capital of the ancient world, still remains as one of the central cities today; Rome is, after all, the eternal city.

The conference’s main venue will be at the Sheraton Parco de Medici Rome Hotel Set set 11 km from the Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura church and 15 km from the Colosseum. On location there are conference centers that cover more than 5000sqm and 700 people. It has vast outdoor and indoor spaces, as well as a strategic strategic location, near by the international airports Fiumicino and Ciampino, the city Centre, the congress area of the EUR district and the New Roman Trade Fair.