Model United Nations is a concept that’s nearly as old as the United Nations itself. In short it is a simulation of a UN debate. Students from all over the world participate in the, so called, MUNs.
As an MUN participant you represent a country, e.g.Brazil. As the representative of this country you will participate in a debate that is currently on the agenda of the UN, such as gender equality or tackling poverty. The goal is to find a solution for this problem that satisfies your country’s policies.
Therefore, in order to participate, you need to do extensive research on your country’s profile, the topic, and the committee itself. The latter is important because every issue will be discussed in a separate committee of the UN (e.g. DISEC or ECOSOC). Once you concluded this research you have to look into the ideas and policies of your opponents. After all you want to know your friends and enemies in the debate.
Leiden MUN is a foundation based in Leiden. Each year, we have several delegations that travel to various MUN conferences. Some of the conferences we attend are Oxford, Hamburg, Harvard and others (you can find more information on the conference specific pages).
Each delegation contains about 15 delegates. After a selection procedure you will start an 8 week preparation programme. The selection procedure is where we determine whether you have the motivation and interest to commit to our delegation program. You can find more information about our training programme under the ‘skills lab’ page.