Frequently Asked Questions
General answers provided by Model UN Headquarters.
Q: What is Model United Nations?
A: Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the real United Nations Organization, its most important bodies and other organizations, held for the purpose of providing participants with valuable insights into procedures and conflict resolution within the UN.
Q: How did Model U.N. begin?
A: 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 U.N. Program is a successor to a student-directed simulation of what preceded the U.N. itself, but it is not documented exactly how the Model U.N. began.
Q: Who participates in Model United Nations?
A: The popularity of Model U.N. continues to grow, and today more than 200,000 high school and college/university students worldwide participate every year. Many of today's leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model U.N. during their academic careers - from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and former World Court Justice Stephen M. Schwebel to actor Samuel L. Jackson. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is a Model U.N. veteran as well.
Q: What is a Model United Nations conference?
A: Some Model U.N. exercises take place in the classroom and others are school wide. Still others are regional, national, or even international. These are called conferences, and the events are much larger, with participants from all over the United States and the world. More than 1,000,000 people have participated in MUN conferences around the world since the conferences became popular over 50 years ago. Today there are more than 400 conferences that take place in 35 countries. Depending on the location, the average conference can have as few as 30 students or as many as 2,000.
Q: Where and when are Model United Nations conferences held?
A: There are an estimated 400 Model U.N. conferences held annually worldwide. These conferences take place virtually every month throughout the school year, but there are few events in the summer and even fewer around standardized testing such as the SAT.
Q: What is a Model United Nations delegate?
A: A Model U.N. delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations at a Model U.N. event. A Model U.N. delegate does not have to have experience in international relations. Anyone can participate in Model U.N., so long as they have the ambition to learn something new, and to work with people to try and make a difference in the world. Model U.N. students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education and even medicine.
Q: Why should I participate in Model United Nations?
A: You should participate in Model U.N. because it promotes student and teacher interest in international relations and related subjects, increases the capacity for students to engage in problem solving, teaches aspects of conflict resolution, research skills, and communication skills, and creates the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
Q: What are some of the educational benefits of Model United Nations?
A: For over 50 years now, teachers and students have benefited from and enjoyed this interactive learning experience. It not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation.
Q: What is the University for Peace?
A: Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University, the mission of the University for Peace is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.”
Q: What is UPMUNC?
A: The University for Peace Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) is a model United Nations simulation of the real United Nations Organization, its most important bodies and specialized agencies. It is held for the purpose of providing participants with valuable insights into its formal procedures and how member-states address and propose conflict resolutions within the United Nations Organization. Participants will learn the process for submitting resolutions, documents, working papers and much more!
Q: Who should attend UPMUNC?
A: University students, educators, and professionals who work in, or are interested in understanding the United Nations peace-building and conflict-resolution model will not want to miss this fun, inclusive, thought-provoking and amazing opportunity to participate!
Q: Why should I, or my constituents or representatives attend UPMUNC?
A: UPMUNC is one of the premiere conference events for students and professional from around the world to gain understanding of the UN's role in supporting meaningful dialog that occurs in the international community. It is not to be missed!
Q: Where will the UPMUNC conference be held?
A: The conference will be held on the main campus for the University for Peace, which is located in El Rodeo de Mora, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.