For every non-UNerd* out there, Model UN (MUN) can seem a little bit, well, esoteric. Since my mission in life has become bringing people together, I have decided to meet you halfway and break down some MUN-related concepts. I shall warn you: Once a UNerd, always UNerd.
First of, what the heck is Model UN a.k.a MUN? Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations committees where students role-play delegates from different countries in an attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. One can also serve as a journalist during such a conference.
What do I need to know?
Once you have signed up for a conference, you will receive your committee and a Study Guide, that introduces the topics — read that first.
You will be required to prepare a Position Paper and your Opening Speech before the conference.
*The Position Paper is essentially a two-page summary of your knowledge of the topic and the position your country plans to take when it enters committee while the opening speech is a short presentation of your country’s stand, policies and the key sub-topics you would like during the committee sessions.
Eventually, delegates will have to prepare a resolution. In the vocabulary of United Nations, resolutions are formal expressions of the opinion or will of UN organs. You will be working along with other delegates to prepare this resolution, so yeah: Go, team, Go!
How do I prepare for such an event? Rest well, read and participate in MUN Lab- an interactive Model UN training.
MUN Lab? Yes, MUN Lab, a 2 days-long Model UN-workshop, where around 50 Albanian youngsters aged 16-27 years old will learn in an interactive setting, about what it takes to be a MUN participant, how to better prepare for such conferences and how to further develop their leadership and negotiation skills.
Given UNA Albania’s objective to turn Model United Nations Albania (MUN Albania) into a tradition, and considering the need to further promote the concept and educate the Albanian youth on the MUN World and the necessary skills required not only for participating to such conferences but also required by the job market, MUN Lab has been conceived as an integral and complementary part of the MUN Albania initiative.
That is pretty much all I had prepared for you and for those of you who are still wondering what UNerd is: It is a term me and my friends from HRA training program, Marco and Ana came up to describe people interested on UN, its values and activities.
‘Till next time!