"MUN is a journey through which you stimulate your inner growth and how you emulate your prespective on the world as it is."Fatima, Nibras International School (UAE)

What is Model UN?

Model United Nations (MUN) is a student simulation of the proceedings of the United Nations. Students, referred to as Delegates, are assigned a country to represent in one of the UN’s numerous committees with pre-set topics to debate. They research the background of their country, their country's position on the topics at hand, and prepare notes on possible solutions to the problems faced. Students then convene at Model UN conferences, which range in size from 100 to 5,000 delegates, to debate their assigned topics with students representing the other UN member states. Much like the real UN, the goal is to identify solutions, by negotiation and consensus, on which many countries can agree.

Students who attend the ISP Virtual MUN are treated to a truly unique experience. To kick off a rigorous weekend of debate, students are typically welcomed by a guest speaker who plays a major role in international relations. They are then often invited to talk with experts in the topics they are debating and may even get to meet diplomats from the country they are representing. Once in their committee sessions, students deliver speeches on their country’s policy to convince their peers of their country’s point of view.

The students’ charge for the conference is to write and pass a resolution, which is a document that describes the actions that they propose to take. This requires countries with very different points of view to discuss their differences and find common ground. With the diversity of the UN member states in each committee, reaching a compromise can take plenty of debate. All resolutions that pass an affirmative vote are published online after the conclusion of the conference and may even be submitted to the actual UN body for review by professional diplomats.