Model United Nations (also referred to as ‘Model UN’ or simply ‘MUN’) is an academic simulation of the United Nations. The official language normally is English, but there are other MUN’s featuring other languages too. The aim of Model UN Conferences is to educate its participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the global governance agenda.
The participants of Model UN Conferences role-play as diplomats representing a country, a NGO or a global company in a simulated session of a committee. The delegates then have to stick to their role and may not state their personal opinion during debates.
The committees simulated mostly are UN Committees such as the Security Council, the Human Rights Council or the General Assembly. However, most recently, other bodies have been added to Model UN Conferences, for example Asian Summits, European Institutions or African Committees. This adds more diversity and new interesting experiences to the whole simulation.
It provides young adults with the opportunity to learn and exercise methods of international relations, diplomacy and global governance.
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