MUN: a stepping-stone to a future in international affairs
Model United Nations (MUN) is a globally recognised extra-curricula activity, typically found in high schools and at university level all over the world.
Participants in MUN conferences role-play as delegates of countries in the United Nations General Assembly or as representatives of other UN subsidiaries such as the UN Security Council and UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The countries that participate and UN subsidiaries involved are usually determined by the topics under debate; topics pre-selected by a school’s MUN committee.
Topics discussed range from politics and socio-economic development to the rules and laws governing outer space. After several debating sessions, delegates get to vote on how they believe their countries would act towards the topic up for debate, either leading to draft resolutions being passed or failing (depending on the number of votes for and against).
In addition to keeping up with global current affairs through weekly debates, participants will have opportunities to network with other students from diverse backgrounds, grow and master public speaking skills, broaden their views on international relations and diplomacy, among other soft skills not usually taught in formal education environments.
For students hoping to be part of both governmental and private organisations involved in issues of diplomacy and international relations, actively engaging in MUN debates and conferences plays a big part in terms of preparation for the real scenarios. One will become more familiar with the formalities involved and the language appropriate for such setups.
How can you join?
Meetings are held weekly on Monday evenings from 1800 to 1930 in room 101 of the Wuhan University School of International Education.