Two of our delegates at &MUN in Williamsburg, VA.

Two of our delegates at &MUN in Williamsburg, VA.

What is Model United Nations?

Model United Nations, commonly abbreviated as Model UN or MUN, is an academic simulation generally centered around either the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, or around various significant historical and contemporary events and crises. Model United Nations helps foster knowledge of diplomacy, international relations, and current events for students of all levels of education across the Globe. In addition, Model UN is a great benefit for those looking to improve their public speaking, formal writing, and overall breadth of knowledge. 

General Assembly Format

The General Assembly Format of Model United Nations focused on large-scale debate, generally consisting of of more than twenty countries represented. Frequently, students participating in General Assembly format simulations are paired up in "double-delegate" format, where they jointly represent a single nation. GA's, as they're frequently called, are usually based around either a session of the UN General Assembly or UN Security Council, during which a single topic is discussed the entire time.

Delegates will spend most of their time debating the topic through structured debate, speaking in-character of their country, and working to represent their assigned nation as accurately as possible. In addition to this, delegates will work on detailed working papers which are designed to address the topic as comprehensively as possible. These papers are then debated on and voted upon at the end of committee, with only a select few passing. Awards for General Assembly are based on overall delegate interactions, with a specific focus on the quality of speeches they give in debate, and their successes with authoring various working papers.

Crisis Committee Format

The Crisis Committee Format is more focused on smaller committees, generally consisting of under twenty representatives. Rather than representing a nation, delegates will be assigned a role of a specific individual, usually a member of a cabinet, organization, or some similar body. The delegate will be the sole representative of that position, and will be acting as an individual rather than a representative of a nation.

Crisis Committees are much more reliant on inter-delegate cooperation than General Assembly, due to the way they're constructed. Each delegate comes with a set of portfolio powers, with which they are able to act during the committee through notes to a Crisis Staff which makes the actions "happen" in the scope of the committee. Crisis Committees are far more fast-paced, with delegates writing shorter, more action-based Directives that address constantly arising crises rather than working on a large paper to address a topic as a whole.

Crisis Committees are far more dynamic, and generally based for more experienced delegates, but any delegate can have a great time and would be able to grasp it with easy. CINCYMUN aims to ensure any delegate of any level can be succesful in any of the committees that we present for CINCYMUN II.

Important Reading

Charter of the United Nations - The important document that has provided the very foundation on which many countries, people, organizations in almost the entire world, not to mention UPMUNC, are based.

United Nations Millennium Development Goals - At the turn of the new millennium, the United Nations outlined eight important goals for the betterment of our global community, setting a deadline of 2015 to meet those goals. To learn about these goals, click on the above link.

International Court of Justice - Read all about the main judicial body of the United Nations. Situated in The Hague, ICJ has passed judgment on many important international legal issues.

United Nations Declaration of Human Rights - One of the first, and possibly most important, documents passed by the United Nations General Assembly. This, more than most other international documents, deals with the core of why we have a United Nations: to improve the lives of people.

United Nations General Assembly - Read about the organ of the United Nations in which every single member state is represented.

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) - The Economic and Social Council deals with issues of supreme importance in the realm of economic development and social betterment.

The World Bank - The World Bank is an important international organization that provides help to developing countries. It is also an excellent source of data, should you feel it is ever necessary for discussion.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - The IMF is also a crucial organization that deals with economic growth and cooperation of countries of the world. The IMF, like the World Bank, also has very useful statistics that may come in handy for conference.

CIA World Factbook - Contains wide-ranging information about virtually every country of the world, presented in a clean, succinct format.