Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the different United Nations organs and other forums of international relations and asks young people to take on the role of world leaders.
It aims to build an understanding of global challenges amongst young people that crosses borders of background, culture and nationality. Using both the knowledge, experiences and the relationships they form through MUN, it is hoped that that the next generation of world leaders and thinkers will be able to work effectively to find solutions to future global problems that are compatible with the aims and principles of the United Nations and promote the spirit of cooperation.
Taking on the role of an Ambassador to the UN, participants experience the complexities of international policy formation at first hand. Each delegate represents the viewpoint of a single Member State of the United Nations or non-governmental Organisation (NGO), researching that country's or NGO's policy and advocating these views to other delegates.
In this way, participants have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with state policy, ideas and cultures different to their own and put themselves in the shoes of a real diplomat.
The debate is controlled using conventions and rules based on those used at genuine international summits. The objective is to reach consensus and pass a statement of the international community's response to a particular area of concern. These formal statements - called resolutions - contain collective action that will be taken in order to address the issue at hand. During an MUN conference a whole spectrum of issues can be dealt with; from issues of Security, to Development or Human Rights.
Knowledge of Global Politics is important not only for students of International Affairs but also to future leaders and thinkers in Academia, Business, Law, Medicine, Science and the wider civil society.
MUN encourages the development of skills essential to all fields of study and employment, such as: strong leadership, initiative and expertise in public speaking; negotiation, mediation and consensus building; and the ability to form relationships rapidly with people of alternative backgrounds and viewpoints.