FinMUN ? What is Model United Nations?
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The concept itself is neither new nor revolutionary. Simulating international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations, when students held a series of Model League of Nations conferences in the 1920s.
Model United Nations (also known as "Model UN" or simply "MUN") is an education activity where students participate in a simulation of a body in the United Nations system. Participants research a country, take on a role as a foreign diplomat, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world issues. During a simulation they must employ a variety of communications and critical thinking skills to defend and advance the policies of their country. Model United Nations simulations allow participants to experience, practice and experiment with conflict resolution, public speaking, small group dynamics and negotiation.
Model United Nations simulations require research that includes current affairs, economics, geography, government, history and politics. Students learn parliamentary procedure, formulate prepared presentations and give extemporaneous speeches. They must grasp foreign policy and culture norms as well as do technical writing as they craft properly formatted United Nations resolutions. Students also practice listening, decision-making and strategic thinking skills.
Take a look at the Model United Nations Headquarters if you want to learn more!
Also, read about some recent MUN experiences here on this website.