MODEL UNITED NATIONS?
Model United Nations conferences are student activities, generally organized over 2-3 days or at regular intervals during a school semester. During the meeting and session the students simulate the work of the United Nations.
Each MUN participant assumes the role of delegate of a member country of the UN or of a non-governmental organization, and is called to represent its positions in a committee or a body of the United Nations. During the meetings, particularly in formal moments, rules of procedures are in place that follow the actual procedures adopted by the international organization. The ultimate goal is to create a multilateral agreement through one or more resolutions on the topics discussed, which will then be adopted by the committee in its final meeting.
Thanks to this modus operandi, participants approach an in-depth analysis of the issues that most strongly mark the present, but also a better understanding of the dynamics that lead nations to adopt particular choices and develops an awareness of the difficulties that international diplomacy must face.
Participation in MUNs therefore has numerous consequences:
it allows to approach the culture, the history and the positions of a different country through a non-traditional study approach;
favours the encounter and dialogue between young people of different cultures, languages and countries;
stimulates the debate and the understanding within young generations of the problems of the contemporary world and of international politics;
improves rethoric skills, even in a language different than one's own, as well as team-working and interrelational skills;
constitutes a meaningful learning activity through a situation-specific (becoming a delegate) and a case-solving (developing strategies and principles) approach.