What is the Model United Nations (MUN)?
Model United Nations (“MUN”) propels scholastic research into a simulated UN conference setting to promote debate and negotiation in a collaborative effort to explore and ultimately discover solutions to global issues currently challenging the world community in general, and the UN system in particular. MUN expands the in-classroom educational experience by blending textbook knowledge with real world problem solving. Model United Nations is truly an interdisciplinary program, evoking the political reality while utilizing the skills associated with economics, geography, anthropology, sociology, psychology, law, political science, health science, urban planning, and a myriad of other academic and professional disciplines. Through the MUN program, today’s scholastic elite gain experience functioning as global diplomats in an ever-changing world. In short, the MUN is all producing an engaged, aware, and ethical global citizenry by promoting skills needed to be global citizens.
How do the CSULB MUN students participate at the MUN conferences?
- The Model UN club and class are fully integrated into Political Science 378, “Politics and Practice of the UN.” The course is open to students from all majors and all members of the CSULB University community. CSULB MUN trains and sponsors student delegations to represent the policies of their assigned country in a simulated session of one of the United Nations’ committees. The CSU Long Beach MUN sends delegations to a year-round program of Model UN conferences around the world, including: the MUN of the Far West Conference in San Francisco, the Harvard National MUN Conference, the McGill University “McMUN” Model United Nations Conference, and the Bonn International Model United Nations Conference. From 2009 to 2010, we served as the secretariat for the:
- Model UN of the Far West – April 16-20, 2010 in San Francisco, initiating a International Court of Justice in coordination with the Model UN of the Russian Far East (MUNRFE) in Vladivostok, Russia.
- Study Abroad course in partnership with the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research which included a Model UN component held at the Almaty UNESCO Central Asian Cluster Office in the Summer Sessions of 2009 and 2010.
- We are also actively involved in the Long Beach regional community, sponsoring mini-conferences on contemporary issues, such as our 2007 UN Day Commemoration Panel on Iran.
Why should I participate in MUN?
You should participate in Model U.N. because it promotes student and teacher interest in international relations and related subjects, increases the capacity for students to engage in problem solving, teaches aspects of conflict resolution, research skills, and communication skills, and creates the opportunity to meet new people.
What are the benefits of MUN?
For over 50 years now, students have benefited from and enjoyed this interactive learning experience. It not only involves students in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and compromise and cooperation.
How is the Club organized and run?
The CSULB MUN Club Constitution may be downloaded by clicking here.
How can I help?
A portion of the CSULB Model United Nations Program is supported by CSU Long Beach Instructionally-related Activity (IRA) Funds. However, as the number of students involved in the MUN Program has grown, so too, have the costs incurred to provide a full MUN experience. Outside donations are gratefully accepted and may present tax advantages to the donors. But in a larger sense, a donation to the MUN is a way for people to contribute to the next generation’s world leaders who are being trained today in the knowledge and skills those leaders are going to use to solve tomorrow’s problems. Checks may be sent to the:
CSULB Foundation, payable to the “Model UN Program at CSULB.”
California State University, Long Beach, CA 90840
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