What is MUN?

In Model United Nations, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from U.N. member states to debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. Student “delegates” in Model United Nations prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and intensly navigate the United Nations rules of procedures, as applied in the respective United Nations bodies, all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect almost every country on Earth. All MUN delegates have to obey these Rules of Procedure, which are a simplified version of those used in the real United Nations conferences.

The sessions of the committees will be led by Chairs and Co-Chairs.Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in Model United Nations, students research global problems to be addressed, drawn from today’s headlines. Model United Nations participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development, and globalization. Model United Nations delegates also look closely at the needs, aspirations, and foreign policy of the countries they will represent at the event. In almost all the Model United Nations around the world today, it is a common paractice that students (delegates) are not allowed to representtheir own countries of origin.Model United Nations (informally abbreviated asModel UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In Model United Nations, students take on roles as foreign diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO). Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.The insight participants do gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation once the actual role playing gets under way and ensures a lively and memorable experience. It gives all participants an insight look look into the way things are done, and also allow them feel how challenging it is to negotiate with adversaries.During MUN simulation sessions, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the the countries they are representing. Skills include public speaking, small group communications, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing (required when drafting resolutions or working papers).The Model United Nations has become so popular so much that it is being offered as a course in some Universties.It is not what it use to be in the early days, where participants where mostly college and high school students. Today, Model United Nations has greatly matured and expanded. It is now practised all over the world on almost every continent. Most Model United Nations participants at the conference level today are undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Recently even university alumni and professionals have taken part. Participants come from public and private schools and universities, and they live in city, suburban and rural areas.