Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation for students to debate, discuss, problem solve and develop functional and practical solutions to global issues. For most MUN events, a group of students act as delegates for a country and must debate from that country’s standpoint. Students are placed in one of several committees that are in operation in the real United Nations, such as the General Assembly, International Court of Justice, or the Security Council. Prior to the conference, delegates will have studied their country and the topics to be discussed.

The main focus of the simulation is to develop a workable solution to an issue. The second focus, which may be as important as the first is to get countries to fall inline with the views of the country you represent or at least create solutions that your country has had to do a minimal amount of compromising. With about 60 to 100 countries (which is over 50 different Midwest schools and organizations) represented at a conference, there are many different obstacles in ideology to overcome.

Students who have extensive knowledge of their topic, can discuss and defend their country’s viewpoint, and develop solutions to the topics often have the greatest success in MUN. Some committees have close to 100 people. To get the majority on you side to pass resolutions and amendments to a solution takes a lot of skill.

At the end of a conference, one or two students (depending on the size of the committee), from each committee are chosen as Outstanding Delegates. Outstanding Delegates are students who showed the greatest skill in helping to arrive at their solutions while staying in their country’s character.