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MUNing & Awards2019-03-11T00:14:48+00:00

Model United Nations (MUN)

What is MUN?

Model United Nations (MUN) is an authentic simulation of specific UN organs, committees or conferences such as the General Assembly or Commission on Sustainable Development. In MUN, high school and/or university students step into the shoes of ambassadors of UN Member states to debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. However an evolution in the landscape has allowed the development of simulations of other international fora such as the European Council, NATO or the Arab League.

While originally an American phenomenon, MUN has spread over the whole world resulting with multiple conferences taking place each week on every continent of the globe. The largest of these, can assemble more than 3000 participants for a whole week, but most of them settle for a range of 100-250 delegates. KULMUN also hosts its own yearly international conference, which is traditionally held in March. Furthermore our members are encouraged to participate at foreign MUN conferences, in order to make new contacts and discover their culture.

Simulations themselves are typically led by 2 “Chairs” which preside over the meeting by enforcing the Rules of Procedure, which regulate the proceedings of the conference. Chairpersons declare the opening and closure of each committee session, compose the Speakers’ list, accord the right to speak, announce decisions and rule on points or motions put forward by Representatives. The other main constituent of a committee are the ambassadors/delegates, which represent the national interests of their assigned state. During the conference, they will discuss an international politics and try to reach an agreement with other Member States by making use of negotation and lobbying techniques. Proposed course of actions are then incorporated in draft resolutions, which will be voted upon by the delegates present. English is the usual working language of MUNs, but bi and tri-lingual committees can be found at certain conferences.

MUN simulations allow students to improve their political and academic skills. Participating successfully in a model United Nations requires a good preparation, which includes a in depth study of international politics, along with a profound study of the topics which will be debated. The variation of topics that participants will encounter, will provide them with a broader knowledge and area of interest. Furthermore, participants to a model United Nations improve skills such as public speaking, debating and negotiating.

Additionally, students participate in these conferences all around the world, allowing them to meet people from all continents and discover a wide variety of cultures and opinions.

Awards

At the end of the majority of MUN Conferences awards are issued to the delegates who had a determinant impact on the committee’s proceedings. While being an inherent part of the competitive nature of Model UN, awards are not the purpose itself of the discipline. At KULMUN, we consider awards to be a token of recognition for our expertise and motivation.

Since its founding in 2010, KULMUN delegates have participated in over 25 different conferences across various countries. Throughout these our members have been able to earn an impressive list of awards of which a summary can be found below.

Harvard WorldMUN

2014 (Brussels, Belgium): 7 awards

2016 (Rome, Italy): 5 awards

2018 (Panama City, Panama): 4 awards

OxiMUN (Oxford, United Kingdom)

2012: 1 award

2013: 2 awards

2015: 1 award

2016: 2 awards

2017: 3 awards

KULMUN (Leuven, Belgium) (Hosted Conference)

2011: 4 awards

2012: 7 awards

2013: 7 awards

2014: 6 awards

2015: 6 awards

2016: 3 awards

2017: 4 awards

2018: 5 awards

AddiMUN (Rabat, Morocco)

2017: 1 award

AntwerpMUN (Antwerp, Belgium)

2013: 2 awards

BerlinMUN (Berlin, Germany) (Official partner MUN of KULMUN)

2012: 1 award

2013: 2 awards

2014: 1 award

2015: 1 award

2016: 5 awards

2017: 3 awards

2018: 2 awards

BIMUN/SINUB (Bonn, Germany) (Official partner MUN of KULMUN)

2012: 1 award

2013: 3 awards

2015: 3 awards

2016: 4 awards

2017: 2 awards

2018: 7 awards

CUIMUN (Cambridge, United Kingdom)

2011: 1 award

2018: 1 award

EuroMUN (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

2011: 1 award

HamMUN (Hamburg, Germany)

2014: 2 awards

KAMUN (Karlsruhe, Germany)

2016: 1 award

MostiMUN (Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

2010: 1 award

2013: 1 award

2014: 2 awards

2015: 1 award

Munapest (Budapest, Hungary)

2016: 1 award

MUNSC Salient (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

2015: 1 award

2018: 1 award

MUNmö (Malmö, Sweden)

2017: 1 award

MUNUSAL (Salamanca, Spain) (Official partner MUN of KULMUN)

2011: 2 awards

2012: 3 awards

2013: 1 award

2015: 3 awards

2017: 1 award

2018: 2 awards

NapoMUN (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

2012: 3 awards

2013: 2 awards

2015: 2 awards

POLMUN (Warsaw, Poland)

2015: 2 awards

2016: 3 awards

PragueMUN (Prague, Czech Republic)

2016: 1 award

2017: 2 awards

ReadiMUN (Reading, United Kingdom) (Official partner MUN of KULMUN)

2013: 2 awards

2014: 5 awards

2015: 6 awards

2017: 8 awards

SAMUN (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

2015: 1 award

TICS (Tübingen, Germany) (Official partner MUN of KULMUN)

2016: 2 awards

2017: 2 awards

2018: 2 awards

UCUMUN (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

2011: 2 awards