Are you new to the Model UN world and are not sure what it actually stands for? Check below 5 short reasons why participating at Model UN conferences and why you should join us at Sarajevo Model UN this September for diplomacy hands-on experience.
1. Model UN is a simulation of bodies of multilateral organizations, such as the United Nations, NATO Alliance, International Court of Justice, Arab League and others. Student role-play the ambassadors or heads of state, debating pressing issues ranging from maternal health and landmines to promoting literacy – depending on a council and topic.
2. Model UN is student-centered.
Often led by students, Model UN programs, started at universities over sixty years ago, soon grew to schools and colleges all over the world. From public speaking to critical thinking and in-depth research, student delegates draw a wealth of knowledge from the Model UN experience.
3. Model UN is flexible.
Since the 1940s, flourishing Model UN clubs and conferences have led both students and schools to use Model UN in innovative ways. Some schools use Model UN as part of their social studies class curriculum or as a platform for development of soft skills; others support their students in planning conferences as a leadership opportunity.
4. It has gained popularity worldwide
More than one million people have participated in Model UN conferences around the world since the activity became popular. Today there are well over 400 conferences that take place in 52 countries. Conference can have as few as 30 students or as many as 3,000.
5. Today’s world leaders were once Model UNers.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Former UN USG for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka, president of the International Court of Justice Stephen M. Schwebel and U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Suzan G. LeVine have all benefited from their experiences in Model UN.
(Photo: Sarajevo Model UN ’16)