Q: What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students assume the role of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. During the simulation process, student delegates give speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
Q: What is a Montessori Model United Nations conference?
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Q: What is the difference between the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) Program and a Model United Nations (MUN) Program?
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Q: What types of topics are discussed in Montessori Model United Nations conferences?
The agenda items discussed in committee vary at each conference. Most conferences tend to focus on current affairs issues that are being discussed in the United Nations. These issues can highlight political, financial and/or social concerns, and solutions towards SDG’s achievement. However, the task of committees might be to address hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future. For more information about 2019 topics, please click here.
Q: Why should I participate in Montessori Model United Nations?
MMUN promotes students’ and teachers’ interest in the world around them and broadens the student’s knowledge in a variety of subjects. It teaches vital skills in problem-solving, conflict resolution, research, and communication. It also gives students and teachers the opportunity to meet interesting new people and make new friends.
Q: What are some of the educational benefits of Montessori Model United Nations?
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Q: What are the main steps for students preparation process?
Q: Can I represent the country in which I reside in?
No. You must choose a country that you do not reside in.
Q: Do both students in the delegation have to be knowledgeable about both topics addressed by their committee?
Yes, it is critical that both delegates are knowledgeable about both topics so they may both participate in the discussion and negotiations on those topics.
Q: How many position papers does each delegation write?
Delegates are responsible for having in-depth knowledge about both topics. As a delegation, both delegates are responsible for researching and writing one paper per topic (one topic each), two papers total. Each delegate must be familiar with the other topic as they must share in the thinking and development of both topics.
Q: How long does it take between submitting the position papers and getting it back for corrections?
The MMUN Bureau will review each position paper, and if there are corrections to be made, the Bureau will notify you and give you a time frame to return it back to the committee Chair. Typically, you will hear back about corrections needed within 10-14 days after submitting your papers. Just to clarify, students should follow the format in our Teacher Manual and use only MLA format for references. Please review the MMUN Position Papers page located online on our website under ‘Resources.’
Q: After we edit the corrections, must we re-submit again? When?
Yes. Corrections need to be submitted to the Bureau within 5 to 7 days.
Q: Do Opening Speeches also need to be submitted?
No. Opening speeches are not submitted; they are only spoken at the conference. However, to be added to the ‘Speakers List’ a request must be indicated at the top of the position paper itself. The opening speech must be limited to 1-minute in length.
Q: Will the official language at the Conference be English?
Yes. There will be teachers and high school students who have attended MMUN and will serve as the MMUN Bureau. They speak Italian, French, Spanish, and Chinese and will help with translation if needed.