United States of America
NMUN, the world's largest and oldest ongoing university-level Model UN, annually draws participants from more than 130 UN Member States to address current global issues. Our experiential learning programs provide students with a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. Students benefit from our formal association with the United Nations Department of Global Communications and utilize simulation procedural rules developed in the 1990s with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Last year, 900+ university students from around the world came to the U.S. capital and participated in discussions of issues at the forefront of international relations. Join us in 2021 for NMUN•DC where we offer eight simulated UN committees and procedural rules developed with UNITAR. The conference features smaller committee sizes than our New York conference, a crisis simulation in the Security Council, and briefings by distinguished speakers from the Washington, DC diplomatic community.
NMUN programs require college and university students to apply their academic knowledge actively while simulating the work of diplomats in experiential learning programs that demand their collaboration with their peers from various nations to craft negotiated solutions to current global problems. Students must research, craft, and then advocate positions with which they may or may not agree. Participants strengthen through practice the skills of listening, persuasion, and negotiating, while developing a deeper capacity for empathy and creative problem solving.
Registration Opens for NMUN•DC 2021
- 15 April 2021
National Model United Nations (NMUN) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. We positively affect the lives of participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict. We envision a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multilateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development.
Cooperative, hands-on, experiential learning allows students to confront a range of topics with the perspective of their assigned country or organization. Through these experiences - during preparation in committee sessions and hallway caucuses - students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experience the challenges of negotiation, see the rewards of cooperation, broaden their world view, and discover the human side of international relations and diplomacy.
NMUN has been a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications since 1982 and a UN Academic Impact member since 2013.
Numerous NMUN conference speakers work for the UN. It has been our privilege to have UN Secretaries-General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali; and Deputy Secretaries-General Amina J. Mohammed and Jan Eliasson serve as keynote speakers. UN officials have also served as advisory group members, and many student delegations meet with their official national delegations during the conference.
UN facilities, including the General Assembly Hall, are generally used on the last day of our New York conferences. When UN space is unavailable for the Closing Ceremony we attempt to hold the Opening Ceremony at the UN. In 1952 we were the first Model UN conference to use the UN headquarters in New York City for our final session.
We were pioneers in using rules more aligned with those used by the UN. The rules of procedure used at NMUN programs were adapted by us from actual UN rules. The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) reviewed and approved them in the 1990s.
Experiential Learning Programs
Our programs provide a diverse group of informed students and their faculty advisors a forum for addressing global concerns in a real world context. Conferences address important issues including regional conflicts, women and children, peacekeeping, human rights, economic and social development, and the environment. Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN as students build skills in diplomacy and compromise.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
college and university students
Deadline: October 01, 2021
Program Starts: November 05, 2021
Program Ends: November 07, 2021
Cost/funding for participants:
These preliminary cost estimates are provided to help with planning and budgeting. Final per person cost will differ depending upon point of departure, currency conversion rates, and other factors.
- Registration Fee (nonrefundable) - $195 USD, per school/registration
- Delegate/Head Delegate Fees - $95 USD, per delegate/head delegate; late fees are assessed if not paid in full by 1 October
- Faculty Fee - $95 USD per faculty advisor
Students may not register as faculty