What is MUN?

Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy, and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. The ultimate goal of MUN is to simulate debate over real issues and identifying solutions to those issues.

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Here in Manchester, we do MUN in two ways: weekly training sessions, and attending our own MANMUN conference alongside other conferences around the UK and Europe. Scroll down to see what the two ways are all about!

TRAININGS

Trainings are weekly two-hour informal sessions held in one of the University's buildings where we go over basic Rules of Procedures, speaking skills, writing skills, negotiating skills, and everything you need to excel in a formal debate setting. Training usually begins with a brief discussion of the week's global events, and then takes one of two routes: specific skill training or a debate on a topic. At the end of the session, as tradition dictates, everyone present motion for a trip to the Students' Union 5-3-2 bar, which passes with no resistance.

CONFERENCES

Conferences are formal events that take place over a weekend at numerous universities across the United Kingdom. We go to these conferences as a delegation, where each person represents one country in a committee. Typically, a combination of all the skills we go over in training are used during a conference, with the ultimate aim of a committee being the writing and formalization of a resolution to tackle the issues prescribed. Unlike training sessions, conferences always require formal attire.

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