FerMun_2015_0384We’ve all heard of the United Nations. But what is Model United Nations, otherwise known as ‘MUN’?

MUN is an activity that encourages students to participate in international relations and diplomacy by simulating the United Nation and its debates. Usually, this is organised in schools or even as an extra-curricular activity. MUN clubs provide an excellent opportunity for the youth to actively engage in solving current contemporary issues, whilst learning how to respect and understand different points of view. This diversity is what makes the MUN environment so interesting and so very important for young people; it brings about awareness, and being aware of the problems happening around us is, in fact, the first step towards solving them.

Some may wonder what students can achieve by participating in MUN. Most importantly, it is the sense of awareness, of wanting to find solutions to problems that could one day affect us all directly. The popularity of MUN continues to grow, with more than 400 000 middle school, high school and college/university students participating on a worldwide level every year; that reflects the willingness of youth to learn and understand the mechanics of our contemporary society. Through this common pattern of promoting the values of the United Nations, we can hope to achieve, one day, global peace and equality.