WHAT IS MUN?
MODEL UNITED NATIONS AT A GLANCE
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at MUN conferences, which is usually organized by a high schools, colleges or MUN Clubs. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate, the best delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations.
Part of what makes Model UN great, though, is that it is rapidly re-inventing itself. Today, many MUN conferences hold simulations that are not UN committees. In addition to simulations of the Security Council and General Assembly, many conferences are running simulations of the US National Security Council or the lower house of India's Bicameral Parliament, the Lok Sabha, where delegates represent President Biden or Prime Minister Narendra Modi, respectively.
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WHY ATTEND MODEL UN CONFERENCES?
It's a fun way of learning about the world. In this era of globalization, being globally aware is more important than ever. Also, having fun makes it easier to learn something and more likely to stick.
It develops leadership skills. MUN is an exercise in research, public speaking, and teamwork. These are skills that you will need throughout your career, and MUN gives you a chance to practice them while you're a student.
You can leverage your MUN experience and network to get into college and find jobs. Admission officers and job interviewers look for examples of leadership, and your experiences as a delegate or conference organizer will be good examples.