What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations first began as Model League of Nations around the 1920s as a student-led simulation of the predecessor to the United Nations, the first official conference being held in February of 1949 at St. Lawrence University, just a few short years after the UN Charter was adopted and signed. Since then, it has continued to grow in popularity and is now found at most major universities all around the world. Today, MUN conferences are governed by Robert’s Rules of Order (see here: http://www.rulesonline.com/ for more info) and offer some of the committees and organizations that make up the real United Nations, as well as other international organizations, which each address an assigned issue. A typical MUN conference will look something like this:
- Opening Ceremony with Guest Speaker
- Committee Work
- Social Activities
- Organized Dinners
- Special Event
- Committee Work
- Closing Ceremony
The MUN format requires different committees to debate for a series of days. These committees are led by chairs which were selected based on motivation. Each committee is assigned to various topics by the board for which they can propose resolutions, and participants are required to prepare position papers in advance to familiarize themselves with the topic. If relevant to the debate, the committees can request for the board to arrange a public speaker to assist the committee work content-wise. When delegates apply to a conference they are assigned to a committee of a conference and are given a country whose interests they must represent. Within the committees there is both moderated caucus- in which delegates must follow the Robert’s Rules of Order to participate- and the unmoderated caucus- in which delegates are allowed to debate privately with other constituents to reach agreements that support their interests and push a resolution forward.
What will Model United Nations of The Hague be like?
MUNOTH caters specifically to university students and offers them the ability to gain further insight into the workings of international relations, which many of our delegates study as their degrees, but also environmental policy, governance and regulation, and journalism (as part of the MUNOTH Press Team). At this year’s conference, we will be discussing topics related to our theme: Building International Peace and Justice: Humanitarian aid and intervention. As The Hague is the official city of Peace and Justice, delegates are offered the unique opportunity to experience the city as would a diplomat or official member of the United Nations. Our annual Diplomat Soirée will also be taking place this spring, at which diplomats from The Hague and surrounding areas attend and interact with our delegates- giving delegates the chance to hear from those working in fields that they are potentially interested in pursuing themselves. Our conference will also consist of various social activities throughout the city, where we hope to get to know our delegates better and give them the chance to develop friendships and make memories with their committee members and other delegates.
What do I need to take part in Model United Nations?
To be a delegate at MUNOTH 2019 no prior experience at other MUNs is needed! A smile and the readiness to learn and gain new experiences will bring you far. The application fee for delegates is €40,- and they can apply at Mymun MUNOTH-2019. As MUNOTH is unable to cover the costs of participants, travel and housing fees will need to be covered individually.
This year’s conference will be taking place April 12th-14th and applications are due March 29th!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook MUNOTH 2019.
We hope to see you there and wish you all the best!