Introduction to Model United Nations
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extracurricular activity known and acclaimed around the world, in which students play the part of United Nations delegates in simulations of UN Committees.
The simulations are generally organized by high schools or universities, which will either allow individual delegates or groups of delegates, referred to as delegations, to attend.
The activity involves and teaches researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It increases the cognition of students about the developmental issues that impact humanity, such as the global problems of poverty and hunger, the proliferation of illiteracy worldwide, gender discrimination, child mortality, maternal mortality, the HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases and the loss of environmental resources. The objective from this global awareness-building exercise is to sensitise the students on the need to build a global partnership for development. Hence, they become better world citizens.
The objective is to teach the future citizens of a war-torn society how to reduce communal prejudices and build confidence-building measures, crucial for the sustainability of civic peace.
There are over 200 annual high school conferences worldwide.