What is a Model United Nations?

A Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of different UN organs for high school or university students. In it, students assume the role of representatives of different countries.

The aim of MUN differs from conference to conference, but generally it is to educate participants about the workings of an international organization such as the UN, to enhance a participants negotiating and oratory skills and to broaden the participants view and knowledge of the world.

However all MUNs share the same goal: to accurately portray the workings of the simulated councils.

The MUN phenomenon started in the United States where simulations were being held even before the birth of the United Nations. Records indicate that as early as the 1920's simulations of the League of Nations, the predecessor to the United Nations, were taking place.

The oldest modern simulation (of the UN) is the Harvard Model United Nations, which was established in 1951. It's hard to say what the oldest MUN in Europe is, but it is safe to say that The Hague International Model United Nations is one of the oldest.

This high school level MUN was established in 1968 and now hosts a conference for almost 4000 students and teachers from all over the world. The oldest university MUN in Europe is TEIMUN. TEIMUN was esta
blished by American exchange students in 1987 in The Hague.