Yale MUN Conference
January 18th- January 21st
9th grade and up (experienced 8th graders are also welcome)
REGISTRATION is closed
(If we fill up prior to this date we will announce that registration is closing early)
WHAT IT IS
A four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually on Yale University’s campus in New Haven. Bringing together roughly 1,800 delegates from over 40 countries, YMUN connects youth from around the world with Yale, New Haven, and each other. At YMUN, delegates from all over the world engage with each other through debate and attempt to solve wide-ranging international issues of immense importance. YMUN is an exciting opportunity for students to take on the challenging roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets and learn about the workings of the United Nations. Students develop skills in diplomacy, cooperation, and critical thinking that motivate lifelong global citizenship.
Delegates will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more than 200 Yale University undergraduates in and out of committee session. YMUN is hosted on Yale’s beautiful campus and allows delegates to experience what Yale University has to offer. Through dynamic events and activities, delegates engage with Yale students and professors to not only learn more about international relations, but also gain insight into college life and beyond. Delegates will have a chance to engage deeply with Yale’s professors, students, and extracurricular groups.
TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING
We will be staying at Courtyard Marriott New Haven. These are very long days and, depending on what committees our kids are placed in, some of them may be doing crisis’ which can occur at any time even when they are out of committee. There are also events showcasing Yale to the delegates and allowing them to interact with Yale faculty which we will attend. Parents should plan to drop off their children on Thursday and pick them up on Sunday afternoon. This is not an event where parents can attend.
The committees for this are incredible. There are 37 possibilities (!!) including Regional Bodies, which represent a fresh style of committee. Here is their description: Featuring both traditional and non-traditional UN committees, this year’s Regional Bodies will undoubtedly keep delegates on their toes as they are confronted with some of the most pressing issues of past history and the modern day specific to particular regions. Some examples are: The Arab League, which will address the Refugee and Migration Crisis and the African Union which will address militias in the Central African Republic and piracy off the coasts of the continent and the Warsaw Pact. There are also Specialized Committees that give students an opportunity to discuss topics in an engaging, imaginative, spontaneous and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. One of the main unique qualities of specialized committees is that, with an average of 20 delegates, they are much smaller than General Assemblies, ECOSOCs and Regional Bodies. This small atmosphere leads to very lively debates, which force delegates to react quickly and engage fully in the topics being discussed. From the Chinese Politburo 2017 to the 1959 Cabinet of Fidel Castro, YMUN’s Specialized Committees cover a wide range of topics, time periods and regions. There is for the second time an International Court of Justice. In this unique judicial body, delegates will get the chance to debate a real contentious case in the ICJ and will serve as either advocates or judges. The Press Corps with a greater focus on reporting on the conference and utilizing multimedia will give delegates interested in journalism a wonderful way to combine their interests. Crisis committees are new to YMUN this year, arriving finally after popular demand. They are offering 6 engaging committees, focusing on creative problem solving on both an independent and collective basis. With less than 20 delegates, crisis committees are suitable for dedicated delegates who are looking to get the most out of their committee experience. These committees range from the Irish Resistance of 1919 to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
NOTE: They will be using NORTH AMERICAN UNA-USA PROCEDURE this year instead of hybrid!
$250 deposit per delegate; this includes school and advisor registration and fees and delegate registration and participation fee for four days. The hotel cost will depend on the number of students registered. Last year it was approximately $240 per student for the 3 nights. You will be billed for this and the coach's expenses after the event once we have tallied the outstanding expenses.