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What is UN4MUN?

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? That is why the UN Department of Global Communications decided to launch UN4MUN, an initiative to teach MUN teams how to bring their simulations more in line with the way the UN actually works.


"At Model UN, you broaden your horizons. By learning and networking, you can be part of the UN’s efforts to establish peace, secure human rights and enable all people to live in dignity."  – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, 24 January 2017

Background

League of Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) has existed for more than 70 years. But it was never monitored by the UN. The first time that a MUN conference was co-sponsored by the UN was in August 2000 at UN Headquarters in New York. Almost a decade later, the UN Department of Global Communications organized three Global Model UN (GMUN) conferences in Geneva, Kuala Lumpur and Incheon, from 2009 to 2011 respectively. It was in the context of these three conferences that new rules of procedure and a new approach to conducting MUN simulations of the General Assembly were introduced. Today, the UN has developed guidelines for conducting a MUN simulation. It does not conduct its own MUN simulations but provides advice on how students can organize them following the proper procedures and processes.

The UN4MUN Guide

The United Nations Guide for MUN was written principally for student leaders, MUN advisors and anyone else who organizes MUN simulations. The aim of the guide is to provide information about the structure of the UN and the procedures and processes used for reaching decisions, as well as guidance on how to prepare for MUN conferences. The ultimate goal is for MUN leaders to be able to organize simulations that accurately represent how the UN actually functions.  A guide for simulating the UN General Assembly (MUN Guide GA) is available on this web site, and an additional one devoted to the Security Council (MUN Guide SC) is currently being developed.

A New Approach

Model United Nations (MUN) simulations are popular for students interested in learning more about the UN. But now the UN’s Education Outreach Section wants to see MUN go beyond research and debate and become an actual agent of change in communities across the globe. The inaugural one-day United Nations Model UN Youth Summit will explore how young people can take real action to support the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Whether currently active in MUN, interested in becoming involved or just dedicated to supporting the SDGs, participants will leave with a toolkit of ideas, a network of support and a new action-oriented vision.