About Model UN
Five Things You Should Know
Student roleplay the ambassadors debating topics as diverse as maternal health and landmines to promoting literacy.
Model UN is student-centered.
Often led by students, Model UN programs, started at universities over sixty years ago, soon grew to schools and colleges all over the world. From public speaking to critical thinking and in-depth research, student delegates draw a wealth of knowledge from the Model UN experience.
Model UN is flexible.
Since the 1940s, flourishing Model UN clubs and conferences have led both students and schools to use Model UN in innovative ways. Some schools use Model UN as part of their social studies class curriculum; others support their students in planning conferences as a leadership opportunity.
Half a million people in the United States have participated in a Model UN program.
Students from middle school through college have debated at Model UN club meetings, attended large conferences in the US and abroad, and promoted awareness about the UN. They continue to grow each year.
Today’s world leaders were once Model UNers.
Current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Chelsea Clinton, and students at Global Classrooms all have benefited from their experiences in Model UN.