UN-simulations, or Model United Nations (MUN’s), are conferences at which meetings held by the UN are simulated. Participants take the role of diplomats, to represent an allocated country and to strive together to a solution for contemporary issues in the world.
The MUN-format was set up shortly after the establishment of the United Nations. This was done by the University of Harvard and the Universities of New York. In the Anglo Saxon world the conferences traditionally have been very popular and in the rest of the world the interest for these conferences is rising as well.
MUN-conferences fit perfectly in the development process of young people; they will improve and discover many skills that will be very valuable for them as persons. They will improve their English, social skills, public speaking, negotiation, (self)reflection and creativity.
In the United Netherlands High School Program, all these facets of their development will be encouraged and stimulated. United Netherlands’ trainers are experienced in MUN-ing and giving training. They are both professional and approachable which will ease the learning of your students.
Experience with UN simulations
United Netherlands has organized some notable UN simulations.
The Radboud International Model United Nations (RiMUN) and the Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) were both successful UN simulations organized by United Netherlands. WorldMUN attracted more than 2500 participants from all over the world and was, at the time of organization, the biggest WorldMUN ever. We make use of our experiences in UN simulations in various activities, such as symposia, workshops, lectures and trainings. The High School Program Model United Nations (HSP MUN) is a great example of a specialized and intensive UN-simulation.
The HSP MUN is the conference with which United Netherlands finishes the High School Program. In this program, high school students are trained by our own experienced trainers from our delegations that have participated in some of the biggest MUN’s in the world. During the conference students have political debates and negotiation, get in touch with each other, practice their English, speak publicly and work together on global issues. It is the combination of cooperation and competition that makes MUN-ing so much fun and challenging at the same time.