COMMITTEES & TOPICS
Topic 1: Transparency and Confidence-building Measures in Outer Space Activities
Topic 2: Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons
Topic 1: Improving Youth Well-being and Mental Health
Topic 2: Leaving No One Behind
Topic 1: Protection of Global Climate for Present and Future Generations of Humankind
Topic 2: Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Topic 1: Green jobs as an effective framework for sustainable agriculture
Topic 2: Addressing climate change and other environment-related matters in fisheries and aquaculture
Topic 1: Literacy for life: shaping future agendas
Topic 2: Elimination of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
Topic 1: Global Action on Patient Safety
Topic 2: Public Health Emergencies, Preparedness and Response
The students participate in two Working Sessions in English where they apply committee protocol to pressing societal questions with their peers, engaging them to think creatively about global issues that specifically affect young people while gaining confidence in the process.
Students become socially familiar with the MMUN international peer community while they have fun together at social events like Community Meet-Ups where they have informal exchanges and do activities which contribute to their sense of belonging to a larger international community beyond their classroom.
Teacher and Parent Coordinators registered for the program, also have the opportunity to meetup twice within the year to discuss best practices with MMUN staff and other coordinators who are also preparing students.
Parents are supported with workshops on topics such as Fostering Ambassadorship, Practicing Negotiation at Home, Supporting Your Child Online, and Relationship Building Through Mentoring, which offer guidance for how to help their student delegates as they prepare for committee debate and negotiation.
To culminate the program, students attend an international conference of their choice where they work together and socialize (over 8 days for an online conference and 4 for onsite conferences). The final result is a transformational experience as they negotiate with their peers on the solutions to world problems, witnessing the impact of their voices and vision.
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THE OPENING CEREMONY
With pomp and circumstance, the formal Opening Ceremony starts with the Parade of Nations. Inspirational words from UN Ambassadors, music and stories shared by young social entrepreneurs and activists are highlights of the opening night.The delegates are inspired and energized for the next days’ committee sessions.
COMMITTEE SESSIONS BEGIN
Students, teachers and parents peruse the culture and history of each of the nations represented at the conference, in a Hall of Nations visual display.
Each “delegation” designs a creative display of what they have learned about the country they represent.This process involves artistic expression side-by-side with research.
Parents, teachers, and chaperones have the opportunity to observe the proceedings in each of the committee rooms. Workshops by a variety of relevant speakers are held at the conference venue in the morning and afternoon.
Committee sessions begin with introductions by Bureau Members. The Bureau reviews the Rules of Procedure, conducts roll call, presents the topic at hand, and then formally opens the floor for delegations to present their speeches.
The speech is an opportunity for students within a delegation to explain their country’s position on a topic and the solutions they propose.
The delegates work to express their positions and hear the opinions of others, engaging in formal and informal discussion, negotiation and collaboration.
Once a draft resolution is finalized, voted, and reaches consensus within the committee, the members silently vote for a three delegate “Closing Bureau” to present it at the Closing Ceremony.
Equipped with operational knowledge and useful tools for negotiation, the student delegates continue to run the committee sessions for a second day, usually completing the first topic and then moving enthusiastically onto the second.
Adults are impressed with the fact that the young students work independently with only procedural guidance offered by the Bureau. In the evening, they attend the conference socials where they have relax and fun with new found friends. In the evening, students participate in a Cultural Performance event, watching or performing musical numbers or skits that represent their own culture or the culture they learned about.
During the ceremony, the Closing Bureaus for each committee summarize their draft resolutions before all of the other delegates, parents, and teachers. The committees vote or pass their draft resolutions by consensus to finalize a resolution, and the committee stands to receive resounding applause for successful cooperation.These young people experience the thrill of successful negotiation and collaboration. All resolutions are published on our website for participants to review and are forwarded to the UN Secretary General.
The formal Closing Ceremony is certainly the culmination of four months of persistent work at home and in school, two days on-site during the conference. More than these, it is a right of passage for young people who have experienced that they have both an individual and collective voice. Every student – from the shy and quiet ones to the bold and courageous – leave the conference with better sensitivity to the needs of other people and are armed with the awareness of their abilities to impact the world.
Key DatesDownload the Details
OPENING OF REGISTRATION
SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
8:00 AM ET
EARLY FINANCIAL COMMITMENT DATE
OCTOBER 14, 2021
YEAR-LONG PROGRAM EVENT RESERVATION
OCTOBER 14, 2021
DECEMBER 10, 2021
POSITION PAPER & SPECIAL ACTIVITY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
APRIL 1, 2022
YEAR-LONG STUDENT PROGRAM
ONLINE FROM $525. USD
ONSITE FROM $730. USD