About Model UN
Five Things You Should Know
Model UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies.
Student roleplay the ambassadors debating topics as diverse as maternal health and landmines to promoting literacy. Read about our frequently asked questions section.
Model UN is student-centered.
Often led by students, Model UN programs, started at universities over sixty years ago, soon grew to schools and colleges all over the world. From public speaking to critical thinking and in-depth research, student delegates draw a wealth of knowledge from the Model UN experience. See what colleges and universities have worked with UNA-USA through our Global Classrooms program.
Model UN is flexible.
Since the 1940s, flourishing Model UN clubs and conferences have led both students and schools to use Model UN in innovative ways. Some schools use Model UN as part of their social studies class curriculum; others support their students in planning conferences as a leadership opportunity. Use our Model UN activity guides in your classroom.
Half a million people in the United States have participated in a Model UN program.
Students from middle school through college have debated at Model UN club meetings, attended large conferences in the US and abroad, and promoted awareness about the UN. They continue to grow each year. Participate in UNA-USA's Global Classrooms Model UN conferences or search our Model UN Calendar.
Today's world leaders were once Model UNers.
Current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Chelsea Clinton, and students at Global Classrooms all have benefited from their experiences in Model UN.