What are MUNs?
A Model United Nation (MUN) is an educational simulation, where students simulate the proceedings of the United Nations, by representing a country in one of the UN’s bodies. Their goal is to debate and write a resolution addressing one or more topics of relevance to the United Nations.
Where and when do they take place?
MUN’s take place at universities all over the world all year long. Some of them such as NYMUN and GIMUN take place in official building (the UN headquarters and the Palace of Nations respectively). They can range from less than a hundred to more than a thousand participants.
What is their purpose?
MUN’s require students to study the rules of the UN, the position of countries on subjects that are often very technical and don’t make the newspapers. They further require students to engage in oral debate and negotiation. Hence they provide a powerful tool to understand the working principles of the UN, improve one’s ability to research and discus as well as being a great way to meet students from all over the world with identical goals.
Furthermore, they provide a great addition to CVs and are generally a lot of fun.
Do a lot of people engage in them?
Many thousands of students engage in MUNs every year. Harvard’s World MUN alone attracts more than 3000 participants every year. These students can either participate alone or join as a delegation, generally via a MUN group or club at their university, where they will be provided with training during the entire year.
What makes our MUN Club special?
Most MUN teams only engage in English-speaking MUN’s as they are the most common ones. This proves to be a hindrance to students who did not study English as a main language or do not feel comfortable enough with English to follow and take part in debates addressing such matters as international labour standards, legal disputes between Nations, economic regulations and sanctions or other topics which are very technical and require specific vocabulary.
MCU has therefore chosen GIMUN as the main conference of this year, a bilingual MUN where they can speak English or French, two main languages of the UN.