What is MUN?
Model United Nations, or MUN, is an educational simulation of the United Nations that engages students with international relations and diplomacy. Representing assigned countries, students assume the role of delegates to the actual United Nations in simulated committees, debating assigned topics with the aim of passing resolutions. MUN conferences facilitate these activities by bringing hundreds of students together from a variety of schools into concentrated committee sessions. Typically sponsored by a high school, college MUN organization, or a related nonprofit, conferences are organized by the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) and committees are chaired by experienced and passionate university students.
In and of itself, MUN is a globally unifying experience. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations. It develops key skills that are necessary to succeed in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. As a simulation of the United Nations, Model UN inherently nurtures a global mindset in its participants. Furthermore, it provides the opportunity for delegates to craft and practice research, writing, and public speaking skills simultaneously, in a practical context. The skills students develop at HAMUN translate into abilities that will help them in a myriad of future professional endeavors. HAMUN is a conference where critical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and diplomacy are a requirement, not a recommendation, for success.
How it Works
Schools are assigned countries for their students to represent. Each student is a delegate, representing a country in a specific committee.
Each Standard Committee has two designated topics that will be discussed during conference.
Delegates must research their country and topic in advance to understand what their position will be and, prior to conference, must craft a Position Paper detailing their nation’s position and recommendation on each issue.
Delegates must make an effort to represent the point of view of their assigned country as opposed to their personal opinions.
Students will then gather at HAMUN, debate with other nations on the assigned topics, push for their agenda, and ultimately compromise.
During conference, the objective of each committee is to write and pass a resolution (or multiple) on the assigned topics.
The conference gives students a chance to practice written and oral communication skills in a practical context.
At the end of conference, there will be a closing awards ceremony rewarding students who best advocate for their country’s interests.
HAMUN is an annual MUN conference for high school students. HAMUN is the oldest Model UN Conference in the southern United States. It is one of the largest high school conferences in Texas and the Southwestern United States. Its 44th Annual Conference in 2019 brought together over 52 schools and 1100 students from around Texas.
Typically, HAMUN takes place in late January or early February each year and it is open to any high school that would like to participate.
If you are a new school sponsor, or would like to participate and have questions, please contact the Under-Secretary-General of Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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