What is Model United Nations?
In Model UN Conferences, participants play the role of ambassadors from different United Nations member states to debate current issues affecting society today. Participants will do research on their assigned country’s stand with reference to a specific issue before a conference, and are expected to navigate within their assigned Country’s limitations in their diplomatic conduct with other countries during the Conference. They will also make speeches, negotiate with representatives of other countries and write draft resolutions. Through Model UN, students will therefore not only broaden their knowledge of international and current affairs, they will also learn how to draft policy papers, acquire communicative skills in negotiation and compromise, and develop greater confidence in public speaking.
What is Singapore Model United Nations?
Singapore Model United Nations (SMUN) is an entirely undergraduate-run Model UN Conference held in Singapore. In its tenth year running and organised annually by the Political Science Society of the National University of Singapore, SMUN is a conference that seeks to foster in students an awareness of, and an interest in, Model UN in the local community. In line with this philosophy, students who are new to Model UN will find SMUN a conference that will give them a good introduction to Model UN in general, while students who are no stranger to Model UN will also be able to build on their prior learning experiences through participation in SMUN.
SMUN 2013 is aiming to attract over 400 participants from local junior colleges and tertiary institutions. SMUN 2013 will also be an international conference, and participation will be open to international delegates from Universities worldwide. Delegates are encouraged to take advantage of an internationalised SMUN to engage, interact, and network with like-minded peers across an array of issues pertinent to them today.
This year, SMUN will take place from 3rd to 7th June 2013.