Model United Nations (MUN) is the academic simulation of the United Nations Organization (UN), its esteemed committees, councils and commissions.
The program aims at providing an exposure to students in the age group of 13 years and above, to the agendas of the United Nations and inculcating in them the United Nations Core Values of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity. The vast amount of issues that the United Nations cover, allow for a wide array of debate topics that fit many tastes and fields of study. The program also allows students to experience diplomacy, global crisis resolution and foreign relations. This helps them to specialize in multiple skills such as but not limited to:
- Research – finding and presenting the right information while being original and properly citing others’ works
- Public Speaking
- Negotiation – recognizing cause and effect relationship and bartering to reach sensible solutions
- Listening – everyone has the right to speak, which means everyone has the obligation to listen
- Patience – if you want to make the world a better place, you must have patience
Students can step into the shoes of either a delegate of a member nation, the head of a committee or an administrative services staff.
As delegates, they thoroughly research their nation’s policies, their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. They are also given an agenda for their committees which they research. These topics are carefully chosen by the organizing committee to complement the theme of the conference and also the United Nations agenda. Delegates are required to submit their research in the form of position papers which details their understanding on the topic area and also their nation’s policies and solutions.
As the head of a committee, they act as the President or Deputy President of a committee, council or commission of the United Nations. They are required to research and thoroughly understand the topic areas of their committee which are chosen in coordination with the Secretary General. They are also required to ensure that proper protocol is followed in the committee.
Administrative staff is usually younger students who want a taste of MUN. They assist Presidents and other members of the Secretariat in the smooth functioning of the conference.