What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In standard Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.
During plenary sessions, participants use communication and negotiation skills in order to best represent their countries’ policies. The simulations include public speeches, foreign policy analysis, conflict resolution, but also report writing such as working papers and resolutions. The participants come from all over the world, mainly from outstanding universities.
Why have we chosen the National Model United Nations?
We have chosen to participate to the NMUN because it is the world’s pre-eminent model UN conference and welcomes more than 5,000 participants annually from around the world. It is held in New York, Washington DC, Latin America and China. We have chosen to take part in the one held in New York which is partly hosted at the United Nations Headquarters, with opening and closing ceremonies in the United Nations General Assembly Hall.
The ULB Delegation: ULB MUN
In 2010 a group of dynamic students from the ULB (mostly studying political science, but also law, business, and the Institut d’Etudes Européennes) who wanted to attend an international conference about the UN in New York started the project from scratch and after months of hard work, door knocking, planning and rehearsing… they participated at the NMUN-NY and finally made it to the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations Headquarters.
Each year, the ULB MUN delegation, established at the beginning of the academic year, participates at the NMUN NY which takes place in late March/early April in New York. During this 5-day simulation we represent a country that is appointed to us in November. Our delegates are present in various committees depending on the country we represent :
- General Assembly First Committee
- General Assembly Second Committee
- General Assembly Third Committee
- General Assembly Fourth Committee
- Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations
- Economic and Social Council
- Commission the Status of Women
- Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
- United Nations Development Program
- United Nations Human Settlements Program
- United Nations Conference on Trade Development
- United Nations Population Fund
- International Atomic Energy Agency
This experience is beyond what you can imagine!
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