What is Model U.N.
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Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. The popularity of Model U.N. continues to grow, and today more than 400,000 middle school, high school and college/university student worldwide participate every year.
A Model U.N. delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations at a Model U.N. event. A Model U.N. delegate does not have to have experience in international relations. Anyone can participate in Model U.N., so long as they have the ambition to learn something new, and to work with people to try and make a difference in the world.
The delegates are the core of any Model United Nations conference. These are the envoys of each country, International Organization or NGO (nongovernmental organization) to a particular committee. They are there to defend their interests, and promote the ideas that would be most beneficial for themselves - all in a spirit of mutual respect and diplomacy. Delegates have the difficult role of juggling between their personal convictions, their home State's needs and restrictions, and their heavy task of convincing other states of the pertinence of their position.
The purpose of a Model United Nations conference is to pass resolutions -- the documents containing key policy recommendations. These resolutions must be efficient, effective, holistic in their approach to each issue, comprehensive of different cultures and points of view, and realistic enough to be implementable.
Why Do Model U.N?
MUN not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, it also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation. Many of today/s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model U.N. during their academic careers - from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to actor Samuel L. Jackson to former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.
Model United Nations develops leadership skills and the ability to compromise and negotiate. MUNers educate themselves on current events and issues of import because they want to be knowledgeable and effective in the simulations. Another wonderful benefit of MUN is that students greatly increase their knowledge of geography in a personal way. Once you represent a country in a simulation, you forever feel close to it.