Model United Nations
MODEL UNITED NATIONS (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants, who are always students, about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. In recent years the Model United Nations has greatly matured and expanded, with elementary, secondary, graduate and undergraduate students taking part from all over the world.
It raises awareness amongst secondary students, of the urgent and pressing issues and problems in the world today. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Students are an Ambassador for a certain country (never of their home country) . Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult and then develop solutions to world problems.
Critical Thinking Skills
Conferences are held all over the world and during a conference the participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. These skills include:-
The majority of conferences involve anywhere from 50 to several hundred delegates, with most students living around that one region. The largest conferences can have thousands of participants from many different countries.
The James Hope College United Nations group exists to develop these skills and is organised as a co-curricular activity.