- What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations is simulation of the UN multilateral bodies. In Model UN, participants step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, participant “delegates” make 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.
Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, participants research the issue that their committee will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization. Model UN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation when the role playing gets under way.
- How did Model UN begin?
While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of participant-led Model League of Nations simulations. People believe that the first Model UN conference (Model League of Nations) was held at Harvard University in 1928.
- Why should I participate in Kabul Model United Nations?
Kabul Model United Nations provides you the opportunity to learn about the UN, diplomacy, International issues and build your leadership, public speaking, communication, research, negotiation, judgment, decision-making, teamwork, critical thinking, emotional intelligence and tolerance skills. Not to forget this is a great chance for every participant to meet outstanding individuals from different countries of the world.
- What are some of the educational benefits of Model UN?
For over 60 years, participants have benefited from and enjoyed this interactive learning experience. It not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but also develop their skills such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation. Besides, it gives you lots of credit when you apply for international studies.
- Who participates in Model United Nations?
The popularity of Model UN continues to grow and more than 400,000 middle school, high school and college/university participants and employees worldwide participate every year. Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model UN during their academic careers: former UN secretary–General, Ban Ki-Moon is an ex-MUNer.
- What types of topics are discussed in Model UN 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. However, the task of some committees might be to address hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future. For example, many conferences have “crisis” committees, in which delegates must react to a hypothetical or actual crisis situation. Other conferences host historical or future Security Council simulations.
- What is a Model UN delegate?
A Model UN delegate is a participant who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations in a Model UN simulation. Prior to a conference or event, a Model UN delegate does not need extensive experience in international relations. Anyone can participate in Model UN, as long as they have the ambition to learn something new and to work with people to try and make a difference in the world. Model UN participants tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business and education.
- When and where are Model UN conferences held?
There are over 2000 Model UN conferences held annually worldwide. These conferences take place every year on university campuses, large hotels, and convention centers.
- Can I win awards?
Yes, awards are presented to delegates who demonstrate a keen interest and passion on the topics of discussion as well as a strength in the quality of their arguments throughout the debate. Award recipients will have distinguished themselves by demonstrating leadership through their combined efforts with others. Position Papers are highly recommended for delegates seeking an award.
- How do I apply?
The online registration form for Kabul MUN conference can be reached here
. You are required to submit an online form and wait for your acceptance. Once you have received your confirmation email, you can proceed to payments. At the final stage to need to select your committee and country, once your payment is confirmed. Please note that the committee and country you select to represent will be locked and can’t be changed.
- What is the minimum age for a delegate?
The age limit is 18-35 years old for the Kabul MUN.
- Does the conference provide accommodation if we were to come from another country?
Kabul MUN can’t cover the accommodation, but we can assist you by offering special rates in partner guest houses and hotels. You can also check for scholarships that covers your accommodation.
- As a delegate, can I choose the committee and country I want?
Delegates are not permitted to select committees and countries before payments. The committee and country selection is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- How should I prepare for the MUN conference?
To familiarize yourself with the Rules of Procedure, please download the Kabul MUN Rules of Procedure here
or Kabul MUN Guide. The guide will provide a very detailed overview of the MUN. Apart from this, independent research is not only strongly encouraged, but is required. More information about preparation can be reached here
- Will there be an introduction session or workshop before the conference?
Yes, workshops and introduction session will be conducted prior to the conference. The details will be shared on our social media few weeks before the conference starts.
- What is a Position Paper and how do I write one?
Before attending a conference, it is necessary to have a clear understanding about the workings of your country, as well as its position on the issues that are being discussed. Position Papers should contain your country’s relation to the topic, as well as its suggestions for how to solve the issues discussed. You can find more information on Kabul MUN Guide.
- Is there a dress code at the conference?
Yes, western business attire is the mandatory dress code of the conference. Western business attire, or international standard business attire, serves as customary dress for workplaces. It includes wearing a suit, which is made up of pants, a matching jacket, a button-down dress shirt, and a tie. Delegates are expected to look professional; therefore, they are prohibited from wearing sneakers, flashy accessories, and displaying national symbols. Male delegates must be in a full suit, while female delegates are required to dress modestly, wear Abaya or suit. You can find more information on Kabul MUN Guide.
- What are the Rules of Procedure?
In order to progress a committee session smoothly, it is important for delegates to follow the Rules of Procedures. These rules ensure that order is kept and delegates have equal opportunities to contribute to the discussion. Rules of Procedure also provide the proper format to ask questions and make speeches. For a complete explanation or the Rules of Procedure, download the Rules of Procedure here
- How do I write a resolution?
During a committee session resolutions are essential to promote debate and create solutions to issues which are being discussed. Resolutions not only acknowledge the issues that are being debated, but they also present a series of steps that can be taken resolve the conflict. Writing resolutions can be challenging since they must appeal to a broad range of members with differing concerns if they are going to be successfully passed.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. You will find all the necessary information in our MUN Guide. We are looking forward to welcoming you at Kabul MUN!
The Kabul MUN Team