Model United Nations
Model United Nations (MUN) is a re-creation of the United Nations General Assembly and other joint bodies. In MUN, students in grade 7 and 8 step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the MUN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
The three main goals of MUN are:
I. Develop and maintain an appreciation for world geography, current events, and issues on a global scale, as informed by an historical and institutional understanding of the United Nations.
II. Develop and improve research and writing skills necessary to perform debates on questions of the United Nations’ role in the promotion of global community.
III. Develop and improve the ability to present, advance, and defend a position on behalf of the UN member states in a public forum governed by parliamentary procedures.
In meeting these goals, students will learn to:
- Do research
- Make speeches
- Draft resolutions
- Negotiate with allies and adversaries to pass resolutions
- Resolve conflicts
- Build consensus and compromise
- Practice UN rules of procedure to ensure that order is kept and that everyone has equal opportunity to speak
This year’s Middle School MUN Conference was held in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Department of State.