Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations! But there’s much more to it. Model UN, simply put, is a diplomatic competition. Participants are assigned countries, and their job is to express their countries beliefs in a committee to pass favourable resolutions. Students who show the most negotiating, public speaking, paper/resolution writing, and diplomacy skills are those who receive awards. In general, MUN is used more to foster those skills than to actually simulate the United Nations. Your background guide is NOT your only form of research. It’s important to study the topics, country policies, and how you want to represent your country in committee.
There will be an influx of power delegates (those who only care about awards, and will do anything in their power, right or wrong, to win), and if it’s your first time doing so much public speaking, you will most likely be nervous. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself! There is nothing more rewarding than finishing your first conference with a wealth of information that will help improve you as a delegate and further increase your chances of success in the future.
At the end of the conference, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate.