UN MUN Youth Summit

While Model United Nations (MUN) has always involved researching and debating important global issues, the United Nations Department of Global Communications would like to see it become an actual agent of change in communities across the globe. It supports the evolution of MUN into a community that could take real action to support the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That is why the Department’s Education Outreach Section held the inaugural United Nations Model UN Youth Summit on 12 April 2019 in New York. This one-day event featured workshops and plenaries led by inspiring student leaders and United Nations experts who shared their experiences and ideas on how to transform MUN into a force for positive change. Participants left with a toolkit of ideas, a network of support and a new action-oriented vision for their MUN clubs and conferences. More than 400 students from 30 countries took part.

 

About Model UN

Students participating in a Model UN Conference

Model United Nations (MUN) simulations are popular exercises for those interested in learning more about the UN. It is estimated that more than 400,000 students worldwide participate every year in MUN at all educational levels – from primary school to university. Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in MUN as students. But did you know that many MUNs do not follow the actual rules and practices used at the UN? Also, while many MUNs frequently vote, most decisions adopted by the real General Assembly are made by consensus.  The UN Department of Global Communications, as part of its United Nations Model UN Programme, therefore created a guide to teach MUN teams how to bring their simulations more in line with the way the UN actually works. To access the guide, click below:

MUN Guide GA

SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and inequality must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health, education and our economy – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. And if you think only big organizations like the UN can make a change, think again! Every action counts – even turning off the lights when you leave a room or bringing your own bags to the supermarket. Learn how you can make a difference with ActNow.bot and The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

Student Projects

Students holding various SDG signs

Now it’s your turn! Take action for the SDGs and be the change. Start your own project which can help the world meet the SDGs by 2030. We encourage all MUN clubs and students to take action, share their results and encourage others to follow suit. Send us information about your projects for publication on our website.

For more information, contact: education-outreach@un.org