At Model UN, you broaden your horizons. By learning and networking, you can be part of the UN's efforts to establish peace, secure human rights and enable all people to live in dignity"
[Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres]
The concept of MUN
MUN, also known as Model UN, stands for Model United Nations, which already hints at the general idea behind MUN conferences: To authentically simulate the work of the United Nations, its sub-organs and related bodies. Slipping into the shoes of a UN member state's diplomat (delegate), participants represent the policy of their assigned country.
A delegate’s aim is to act in the strategic interest of his/her country at all times. In simulated committees like the Security Council or the General Assembly, they debate current global issues throughout the scope of the conference. The committees cover a diverse array of topics ranging from international peace and security, over economic cooperation and development to human rights or the protection of the environment, among others.
They try to find comprehensive solutions while applying certain rules of procedure, similar to those of the UN. Work in committees is twofold: On the one hand, it consists of formal debate, where delegates hold speeches in front of the council and vote on decisions. On the other hand, they meet during informal ‚caucus’ time, where they can freely negotiate one-to-one and work on drafts for a final resolution. Delegates come up with unique ideas and new approaches in line with their country’s policy and try to lobby those to their fellow committee members. At the end of the conference the delegates have written and voted on resolutions that tackle the discussed problems.