At a MUN = Model United Nations young students step into the shoes of a diplomat for a couple of hours up to several days. The core idea is to simulate the debates of a real UN assembly. In the role of “delegates” you people debate current political issues and social problems according to the rules of a real UN debate. During the MUN, the participants do not state their own point of views, but represent the position of a country’s government. While trying to find common ground and elaborate on possible solutions for the issue at hand, the delegates work in groups to draft a Resolution according to actual UN-Resolutions.
Besides the country’s representatives, journalists are present during the debates to report on the development in the committees’ work and to hold delegates for their statements accountable.
Via this experience, young people have the great chance to live diplomacy at first hand, develop an understanding for the dynamics within the work of the United Nations and learn how to negotiate and compromise. Additionally, they can improve their writing skills by drafting precise, concrete and concise Resolutions.