National Model United Nations Delegation Regensburg

Q: What exactly is National Model United Nations?

A: NMUN is the world`s largest authentic simulation of the most important U.N. and other multilateral bodies.

 

Q: How and when did Model U.N. begin?

A: Simulating international organizations began even before the birth of the U.N., when students held a series of Model League of Nations in the 1920s. The Model U.N. Program is a successor to the student-directed simulations of what preceded the U.N. itself, but it is not documented exactly how the Model U.N. began.

 

Q: Who participates in Model United Nations?

A: The popularity of Model U.N. continues to grow, and nowadays more than 200,000 high school and college/university students worldwide participate every year. Many of today`s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model U.N. during their academic careers - from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and former World Court Justice Stephen M. Schwebel to actor Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Q: What is a Model United Nations conference?

A: Some Model U.N. exercises take place in the classroom and others are school wide. Still others are regional, national, or even international. These are called conferences, and the events are much larger, with participants from all over the U.S. and the world. More than 1,000,000 people have participated in MUN conferences around the world since the conferences became popular over 50 years ago. Today, there are more than 400 conferences that take place in 35 countries. Depending on the location, the average conference can have as few as 30 students or as many as 2,000.

 

Q: What is a Model United Nations delegate?

A: A Model U.N. delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations at a Model U.N. event. A Model U.N. delegate does not have to have experience in international relations. Anyone can participate in Model U.N., as long as they have the ambition to learn something new, and to work with people to try and make a difference in the world. Model U.N. students tend to go on to become great leaders in the fields of politics, law, business, education and even medicine.

 

Q: Why should I participate in Model United Nations?

A: You should participate in Model U.N. because it promotes students´ and teachers´ interest in international relations and related subjects, increases the capacity for students to engage in problem solving, teaches aspects of conflict resolution, research skill, and communication skills, and creates the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

 

Q: What are some of the educational benefits of Model United 

     Nations?

A: For over 50 years now, teachers and students have benefited from and enjoyed this interactive learning experience. It not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation.

 

Q: How do I start a Model United Nations program at my

     school/university?

A: You can start a Model U.N. with a few simple steps. First, you should find a faculty advisor by asking teachers if they would be interested in helping you start a Model U.N. . You can also ask your principal or Social Studies chairperson to see if they know of any teachers that would be interested. Next, you need to recruit members and pick a day and time to meet. After you recruited members, you should decide which conferences your group would like to attend. Once you have picked your conferences, you should hold meetings once a week. At the meetings you can choose other conferences to attend, organize fundraising ideas, and talk about any new information you may have received.

 

Q: What is the role of a Model United Nations faculty advisor?

A: The faculty advisor is usually a teacher/professor responsible for all of the students when attending a Model U.N. conference. Usually the faculty advisor is fully committed to Model U.N., but he or she does not need prior Model U.N. experience. This person should be able to assist students with their research. Also, the advisor oversees students when they make travel arrangements to conferences. Lastly, the faculty advisor will help students to pick out the Model U.N. conference they would like to attend.

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