Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations (UN) that is done at a high school and university level.
In MUN, students participate as delegates from the UN Member States and simulate UN committees. From this experience, not only do they become involved and debate today’s pressing current issues, but also broaden their world view and their knowledge of international relations and the UN, allowing delegates to develop their critical thinking and soft skills. MUN aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy.
Not much is known about the history and beginnings of MUN, but it is believed the first simulations were held even before the birth of the UN itself, in the 1920s, in which students simulated the League of Nations.
After the UN was established in 1945, MUNs started to be held, mostly in the United States of America. One of the oldest, if not the oldest modern MUN is the Harvard Model United Nations, which held its first conference in 1953.
Since then, MUN has spread throughout Europe, East and South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa, with MUN conferences being organised all over the world.
Today, MUN is an international global phenomenon, being a wide-spread extra-curricular activity with a solid tradition and community in many countries.
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- MUN Planet www.munplanet.com
- Best Delegate www.bestdelegate.com
- MyMun www.mymun.net
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