United Nations Society (UNSOC)
London School of Economics and Political Science
The LSESU United Nations Society (UNSOC) is one of the largest and most established student bodies on campus. Founded in 2005, we currently have over 500 members composed of undergraduates and postgraduates of diverse disciplines. Out of the countless societies found at the LSE, we have been nominated for the title of National Union of Students (NUS) Best UK Society 2019.
As a brief introduction to our society, our activities can be broadly divided into three 'Divisions':
Model United Nations: #TeamLSE is the LSESU United Nations Society’s Model United Nations team. We proudly represent LSE at an international level, and have acquired the title of ‘Best European University Model United Nations team’ for LSE. We also host two annual and large-scale conferences: LSEMUN and YouthMUN. As a team, we develop our members' public-speaking, lobbying, negotiations, research, and policy-writing skills through weekly trainings. Our members are passionate and competent individuals, reflecting a high quality and standard of diplomatic skills, winning a total of 74 awards in the 2018 – 2019 academic year alone. In organising conferences, Secretariats for our two annual conferences are drawn from our members and they gain valuable experience in event-planning and execution as they shepherd hundreds of domestic and international attendees.
Outreach: The grass-roots focused branch of UNSOC which empowers members to awareness and fundraise for the causes they care about. Having worked closely with the Raising and Giving Society of the LSE Student Union this year, we have attended several fundraising stalls and awareness-raising activities. As one of our initiatives, we proudly hosted the ambitious week-long event titled 'Sustainability Week' to raise awareness on environmental issues and the importance of sustainability in the modern world.
Careers-Corporate: The division of the society which empowers students to engage with a network of organisations and individuals within the professional world. The division holds events such as career panels, symposiums and networking events for students to gain insight into the world of international development and the United Nations. Engaging with the core values of the UN, our careers events involve a variety of organisations and firms in the field of international development, arbitration, consultancy and the United Nations itself.
With a greater number and more diverse range of events than ever, we've sought to empower students to develop their skills and involve themselves in a diverse range of events to bring about positive change in the issues important to them.