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What Is MUN?

Model United Nations, MUN in short and as it is more commonly known, is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. Examples of the main committees that are usually simulated are Commission for Human Rights, Special Political and Decolonisation, Disarmament, Economic and Social Council and Security Council.

In MUN, participants, better known as delegates, are playing the role of ambassadors of the member states of the United Nations to debate current issues on the U.N.ís vast agenda. Through this they learn about diplomacy and negotiation. The delegates prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the U.N.ís rules of procedure. This is all done in the interest of mobilizing "international cooperation" to resolve problems that affect almost all the countries today.

Each delegate represents a country on one committee. The different committee representatives together comprise the country delegation. In the committee sessions, specific topics of current interest and importance are discussed with a view of passing a resolution on the issue. This will of course be debated and amended through compromise and consensus-building to arrive at wording with the greatest support.

Delegates research their country and the countryís stance and policy on the matters up for discussion in their committees. Participants have to put aside personal views in order to improve skills of diplomacy, negotiation and rhetoric.

Its popularity continues to grow with more than 200,000 people participating in conferences worldwide.

Once you start participating in MUN conferences, you effectively get hooked. This has been termed "MUN Fever"! The spirit and substance of these simulations create an appetite for this activity.
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