What is MUN?
The Model United Nations facilitates the representation of Member States of the United Nations by students. Students from all over the world meet at a chosen city to debate about certain topics following a Theme chosen by the Secretary-General from its student body of the respective host-school. Two or three topics are displayed on the school’s MUN website a few months prior to the conference and are researched by the students (who are now called delegates) in order to make a position paper.
Why should you do MUN?
What are the benefits of MUN? Well MUN builds leadership skills. MUN requires plenty of research, public speaking and research which means you can practice leadership even as a student.
It’s also a fun way to learn about the world. In an era of globalization, it is important to be aware about the world and MUN offers that opportunity.
So take the right decision and participate in an MUN conference. You’re guaranteed to love it!
• MUN first began as a series of student-led League of Nations simulations in the 1920s.
• It was only after the United Nations (UN) was formed that it became known as MUN.
• The first MUN conference was held at Swarthmore College on April 5, 1947. Over 150 students participated in the conference.
• The oldest conferences in the world still active today are Berkeley Model United Nations (BMUN), Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN), Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) and Model United Nations of the Far West (MUNFW).
• In the early 1990s MUN spread to Europe, East and South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
• English is the official language of MUN. However there have been attempts to represent other languages, such as Spanish.