Model United Nations at a Glance
Model United Nations, or MUN, is an authentic academic simulation of the real United Nations conference to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy, and UN agenda. In it, participants assume the role of the representatives of different countries or NGOs as theirs. Participants will have to research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and develop solutions to world problems.
This MUN phenomenon has begun even before the birth of the United Nations, when students all across the world held a series of Model League of Nations in the 1920s. The Model UN Program is a successor to a student-directed simulation of what preceded the UN itself. However, part of what makes Model UN great is that it is rapidly re-inventing itself. Today, many MUN conferences hold simulations that are not UN committees. In addition to simulations of the Security Council, General Assembly and other UN Bodies, it also introduces Historical Council, Crisis Committees, and even other institutions all across the globe, such as UEFA.
During an MUN session, participants will furthermore employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to envisage countries policies or good public speaking, analysis, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Participating in MUN has been proven to be an exciting yet challenging experience because members of MUN will not only get an insight into world politics, but also acquire the soft skills necessary for a bright future. Recently, Model UN has greatly expanded; it is now practiced all over the world by elementary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate and even doctoral students.