What is Model United Nations?
Model UN was created by Harvard students in 1955 and consists of a simulation of the United Nations aiming to provide students with a detailed introduction to the world of international politics and diplomacy. It gives them the unique opportunity to play the role of a UN ambassador in multiple conferences and represent a given country in a UN committee on pre-worked topics. Each conference goes through the real UN process: from the opening statements to the debate, the writing and adopting of a resolution. To be convincing, the participants have to research their country’s policies thoroughly and defend them persuasively in position papers, debates and draft resolutions.
It teaches not only extensive debating and public speaking skills, giving participants a chance to practice them, but also allows for an inside perspective on world politics and the possibility to give one’s own opinion and further develop interest and knowledge in many fields.