What is a MUN?
What is an MUN?
A Model United Nations (or MUN) conference is a simulation of one or several committees within the plethora of United Nations bodies and agencies, that represent a particular Member State, International Organisation or NGO, and debate a pressing contemporary topic with the goal of producing a final policy document. The vast amount of issues that the United Nations cover allow for a wide array of debate topics, that can fit many tastes and fields of study. From the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), from the General Assembly's Legal Committee (GA 6thLEGAL) to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and from the Security Council (SC) to UN Women, the United Nations have a lot to offer to university-level students from all backgrounds, all cultures, and all interests.
What is its purpose?
The purpose of a Model United Nations conference is to pass a final document containing key policy recommendations to serve as an example of good practice for United Nations Member States. These documents must be efficient, effective, holistic in their approach to each issue, comprehensive of different cultures and points of vue, and realistic enough to be implementable.
In our Model United Nations simulation, we strive to achieve the highest degree of realism, in order to make this conference a real pedagogical and practical experience of international diplomacy. For this to happen, we recruit for many diverse positions, all stakeholders with their particular importance and interests.
The realism fostered through Model United Nations conferences can not only be found in the content of the debates, the positions covered and the interpretation, but also in the manner in which sessions are conducted. The complex Rules of Procedure of the United Nations' bodies and specialised agencies are just barely simplified in order to offer participants a day in the life of a worker immersed within the vast United Nations system.
No words can describe the event that is a well-organised Model United Nations conference. It is not only a professional and professionalising experience, but also the perfect applied complement of academic education. It is a concentration of some of the most motivated, dedicated and educated minds of a generation. It is an eye-opening opportunity to meet young minds from around the world, acquire a universal network of contacts, share culture and ideas, socialise and have fun while putting on paper an innovative framework that will forge the International Community of tomorrow.
To conclude, the only way to fully understand what a MUN really is, to grasp the sublime life experience that lies behind this unpleasant acronym, is to step up and take part in one.