What is a MUN?

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A Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants on the phenomena of globalization, inter-cultural exchange and multilateral diplomacy. Participants take on the role of young diplomats, representing a country, different from their own, in a simulated session of an international organization.

Participants hold preliminary research work on their new country and assigned topics, debate, consult and eventually develop solutions to global problems in selected committees for each conference.

MUNs are an extraordinary opportunity for young people from around the world to come together to build bridges, promote cultural exchange and articulate their own opinions.

The MUN phenomenon, born in American universities in the 50s and later spread to the rest of the world, boomed around the years 2000s, as to represent in Europe a “market” of tens of thousands of participants and about two million Euro per year (2009).

In Italy, the MILMUN Association of Milan organizes since 2006 the longest-lasting and most successful academic simulation of international organizations: the Milan International Model United Nations (MILMUN).

Since its first editions in 2006, the MILMUN has hosted over 1,000 participants of 80 nationalities from 90 universities worldwide. In 2008, the MILMUN Association MILMUN was one of the founders of the European Model United Nations Network (EMUNNET), which currently counts ten members in ten European countries.

The UNISA MUN Society, established in early 2012, is the organizer of the only MUN Conference in Southern Italy: the University of Salerno Model United Nations (UNISAMUN), whose first edition was held in October 2012.