A Model of the United Nations, most known for its acronym MUN, is a political simulation of the United Nations in which university students worldwide participate.
The first MUN took place in 1953 in Harvard University and from there on the concept has developed and expanded.
Participants play the role of diplomats from different countries and perform the relevant duties before their counterparts of the United Nations. They will study politics, economics, culture and society from their nations and will debate and about topics that are being discussed in the committees and bodies of the UN. Because of this, a Model is an educational and cultural event of the highest level that, not only favours the growth in academical capacity of students, but also facilitates the development of useful and necessary skills for their future, as well as oratory, rhetoric and the capacity of negotiation.
An active participation is, no doubt, key, as their own iniciative has to be the driving force of the debate. All of them will have the chance to reflect about realities and conflicts that are only known through the echo of mass media. The analysis of these problems from different perspectives and in first person will allow them to forje their own opinion.
The final result of the process will be a similar resolution to those that emanate from the various committees of the UN. These resolutions will contain the colective and consensual decision form students. Students that will one day be who assume the responsibility of solving worldwide problems.
The positive effects derived from the experience are significant. From the most strict academical point of view, it means the implementation of a real situation of the knowledge and skills acquired. On top of that, it implies pooling with other students from other fields of study and origins, which makes the experince even more rewarding.
On the other hand, it is an opportunity to know close-up the functioning of the bodies of the United Nations.