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Youth Summit

Group photo of participants at the 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.

The United Nations Model UN Youth Summit is expected to be held every year and will be open to students between the ages of 15 and 24. Selected participants will deliver presentations, detailing specific actions that they have taken to advance the SDGs and/or incorporate the SDGs into their MUN activities. A press team led by students will manage coverage and social media outreach.

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