What is MUN?
Model United Nations (MUN) conferences are organized by and for students from all over the world in order to simulate the work of the United Nations and similar organizations. MUN conferences offer students the opportunity to engage in academically oriented discussions and debate about the greatest challenges facing our international system.
Participants will represent delegates of different foreign countries in one of the committees. The delegates then have to stick to their role and may not state their personal opinion during debates. During the formal sessions, delegates exchange their countries´ positions, try to form alliances and in the end, they aim to issue a comprehensive resolution with concreate measures to be implemented.
MUN also helps participants to expand their knowledge and understanding of international relations, as well as fostering their proficiency in speaking and negotiation. Furthermore, the research during the preparation for a MUN conference will help to improve the analytical skills. By converting that research into resolutions and material for discussion in committees, students also develop their conflict resolution skills. Despite the fact that an MUN simulates mostly the political arena, the skills that an MUN strives to teach young professionals can be applied in all fields from business, to law, and even natural and physical sciences.
However, MUN conferences are not mainly all about discussing and negotiating. The social events during the conference are an integral part of every MUN as well. Those informal events will help you to come to know your fellow delegates better and they will help you to find new friends. But do not forget that apart from socializing the informal meetings are a great opportunity to lobby during the social events as well.