Model United Nations

Model United Nations are simulations of United Nations bodies done by high school, college and university students. The students are referred to as ‘delegates’ and often join as a group (delegation) from a school or university’s MUN club or society. The simulations are mostly held in the form conferences. The conferences mostly consist of multiple simulations of different committees, and mostly last for around 3 or 4 days but some last for just a day or an entire week.The conferences are always opened with an opening ceremony, at which the staff introduce themselves and speakers give speeches about the theme of the conference or international relations or the UN as a whole. Especcially at large conferences you can have some very considerable speakers,for example the Pope of the catholic church spoke at the WorldMUN conference in Rome. At the closing ceremony there are usually interesting speakers and also the presenting of awards, since MUN often has a competitive element.

During the day there is the serious part, the debating. At night we have the socials, these are often parties, pub quizzes etc. to blow off some steam after a day of debating and to chat with studentsfrom all over the world. The committees can vary in size from as little as 15 in a Security Council to more than a hundred in the General Assembly. There are a number of different kinds of committees. There are for example crisis committees, in which you need to react to sudden changes in the international landscape. In addition to the traditional UN bodies simulations there are also regional and historical committees.

All MUN conferences are different, but there are a few things that they all have in common, they are always challenging, fun and a great way to meet people from all over the world!