What is Model United Nations?

Model United Nations student conferences are simulations of United Nations forums such as the General Assembly and its Main Committees, the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council. They also simulate United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, in addition to the Organization’s regional economic commissions. The students take on the roles of diplomats, debating international crises, negotiating difficult global issues and drafting and adopting resolutions. Annually, hundreds of UN Models take place worldwide, but Global Model UN took place for the first time in 2009.

“This is a thrill - to be in the UN ... At the end of the conference national problems of the states became less relevant. We had a mission to neutralize challenges that pose a threat to the whole mankind. Representatives of all countries worked together to find a solution for man’s benefit. The conference gave us a feeling that we can make this world a better place. And we will strive for it!”

Dariya Shelest and Dmytro Baliev, participants of the first Global Model UN in Geneva

How did Model UN begin?

Simulating international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations, when students held a series of Model League of Nations in the 1920s. The Model UN Program is a successor to a student-directed simulation of what preceded the UN itself, but it is not documented exactly how the Model U.N. began. In Ukraine first Model UN was organized by Kyiv Business Lyceum in 1998, which continues this tradition until now.

Model UN in Ukraine

Every year, the number of existing Model UN students conferences increases, providing new opportunities to those who are keen to plunge into the work of the most well-known international organization, including in Ukraine. It is estimated that more than 400,000 students worldwide participate every year at all educational levels from primary school to university. Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model UN as students.

Are you planning to organize a Model UN conference in your school or university?

Check out this Step-by-Step Outline for Organizing a MUN.

For more information on opportunities for Youth in Ukraine within the UN System in Ukraine please contact Victoria Andrievska, UN Communications Officer, by tel.:+38 (044) 254 00 35 or by email: andrievska@un.org