What happens in a MUN conference
What does “Model United Nations” mean?
Model United Nations Conferences (MUNs) are simulation games in which the participants slip into the role of delegates to the United Nations. In simulated bodies such as the Security Council or the General Assembly, the delegates debate global issues, negotiate compromises and pass resolutions.
Each of the participants represents a state in whose position he or she has worked before the conference. It is not personal opinion that counts, but the stated goal is to reflect the official position of the state to be represented as realistically as possible.
The work in the committees consists on the one hand of formal debates on the basis of rules of procedure that are based on the real regulations of the United Nations and the UN Charter, and on the other hand of informal work phases in which negotiations take place in dialogue and in which joint drafts for Resolutions are drafted.
The participants not only get to know the working methods of international politics, but also train their rhetorical skills and can test themselves in negotiation situations.
MUNs exist around the world in many languages and for different age groups. In Germany there are a number of large, mostly annual conferences for schoolchildren and students, the official working language of which is mostly German or English.
In addition, there are many groups in Germany who regularly participate as a delegation in the international MUN conferences.
Each conference has its own characteristics - but what they all have in common is the goal of bringing the participants closer to the work of the United Nations, strengthening their interest in and understanding of foreign cultures and providing an exciting, enriching experience.
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