Authentic UN Experience
Here at Montessori Model United Nations our intention is to support each delegates experience in learning about their world and to give them a platform to voice their creative solutions to our world’s most profound crises. Towards that end, we are always moving towards a more engaging and authentic MMUN experience. For this reason, we do not offer prizes or awards for the best delegate or the best speech.
MMUN has created a Model UN simulation program which reflects the actual process of the United Nations. Moreover, with efforts to streamline bureaucracy and lower the number of motions, we allow more time for delegates to negotiate and to dedicate themselves to the real work of committee session. Furthermore, by implementing the line by line review, we have even more tools to reach consensus, which is truly the ultimate expression of the United Nations vision.
The United Nations Department of Public Information has provided indications to help Model UN programs more acutely reflect the way the real UN works. As a result of MMUN’s participation in the workshop, and under the guidance of Mr. Yotive (UNDPI representative), we have created a closer simulation of real UN procedure and its decision-making structure.
A closer simulation of real UN procedure provides student delegates with:
- An Enhanced understanding of how the UN resolves complex problems,
- Streamlined procedures allowing every delegate the opportunity to give their opening speech,
- Increased time in open negotiation, and
- Consensus building process based upon line by line review of the draft resolutions.
What are the Key Differentiators?
MMUN’s change from Parliamentary procedure (i.e. the most common model for UN simulation) to UN procedures has implications on many delegate aspects including:
The Nomenclature which reflects UN terminology
|UN Nomenclature||Parliamentary Nomenclature
|MMUN Secretariat||Teacher or University Mentor|
|Vice Chair||Senior Secretariat|
|Formal Consultation||Moderated Caucus|
|Informal Consultation||Unmoderated Caucus|
|Line by Line Review||N/A|
|Action Phase (Adoption by consensus or Voting)||Voting|
The Leadership Structure based upon the Secretariat (i.e. experts) and Bureau (Chair, Vice Chair and Rapporteur).
The Rules of Procedure based upon Formal Meetings, Informal Consultation, Formal Consultation, and Consensus
Conference Phases and Stages of Decision Making focuses on three stages of decision-making: debate, negotiation, and taking action
For more information on the UN’s initiative for closer simulation to actual UN procedures https://outreach.un.org/mun/
Best Delegate’ article UN4MUN Workshop Recap: 4 Big Differences Between Model UN and the Real UN, which provides an overview of the changes to UN procedure. MMUN wishes to thank Best Delegate for this contribution.
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