Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is a popular academic activity that allows students to practice diplomatic interactions and attempt to solve the world’s issues.
The Model UN conferences are filled with invaluable learning opportunities, such as research, public speaking, teamwork, negotiation, and writing in a structured environment.
For Claire Le Franc, a student at Science Po Rennes, Model United Nations has had only beneficial aspects, both personally and professionally.
“The UN simulations are a precious opportunity to gain self-confidence, speaking a foreign language in front of an assembly and other delegates,” she says. “They allow you to take up many challenges in terms of negotiation and speaking, all in a friendly manner.”
The importance of Model UN has grown in recent times. While we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic, a financial crisis, climate emergency, lawlessness in cyberspace, and diminished peace and security, it is imperative to encourage a mindset focused on international cooperation and action aimed at peace and equality.
Despite being exciting, Model UN can seem intimidating or confusing at first, especially because there are no standards in Model United Nations conferences. Different Model UNs may run their debates and rules of procedure differently.
This is why we are excited to launch the United Nations Guide to Model UN in French.
It is an extensive guide to help Model UN participants and organizing teams to bring their simulations closer to the reality of how the UN really works.
“Such a guide is a precious source of information as well as an indispensable tool for students and organizers as it gathers the keys to understanding UN simulations and the functioning of the UN itself,” says Le Franc.
“It centralizes all the information in an accessible way, which enables the democratization of UN simulations."
Now that UN simulations are taking place in hybrid and in-person settings, the United Nations Guide to Model UN serves as a valuable tool for both those just starting out and those already passionate about Model UN.