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Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is a class offered at BYU that teaches basic principles of diplomacy through lectures, assignments, and realistic simulations of international multilateral negotiations. In MUN, students acquire skills in policy making, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, consensus building, and resolution writing. These principles are applied in mock UN sessions discussing and solving real UN committee topics.

In the spring, BYU takes a MUN team to the national conference in New York City, where schools from all over the world compete in UN negotiation and policy making. At the conference, BYU maintains a prestigious reputation for always bringing a sharp, competent team to win the top awards. We hope to continue this legacy by finding the most capable and passionate students at BYU to join our exceptional MUN team.

MUN CLASS 351 R

Fall Semester is an open enrollment, three-credit-hour class that provides an introduction to the workings of international organizations, with special emphasis on the United Nations. Students learn skills necessary for success, including public speaking, research, writing, parliamentary procedure, and diplomacy. The course features a retreat and several mock United Nations sessions.

Winter Semester may be added by instructor’s permission only. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the fall semester syllabus, focusing primarily on level of commitment, congruency of professional goals, and potential for leadership. Students prepare for the BYUMUN conference where hundreds of high school students come to compete in a United Nations simulation at BYU. The majority of the semester is spent preparing for the National Model United Nations conference in New York City where students represent countries. At the conference, they diplomatically pursue their country’s policy objectives in formal sessions, while competing against students from around the globe.

INSTRUCTORS

Instructors include Cory Leonard, William Perry, and Marie Kulbeth.

BYUMUN32 High School Conference

For thirty-two years, BYUMUN has been Utah’s premiere high school Model United Nations learning conference. Delegates develop writing skills by drafting resolutions; improve speaking abilities; research country policies and global issues solutions; and learn to persuade their peers. New schools/delegates are welcome.

During the pandemic we hosted an online Diplomacy Camp/BYUMUN31, but plan to gather in Provo on campus this year.

Why Attend?

  • Expand your work by developing global perspectives on important issues
  • Improve core writing, research, and interpersonal skills
  • Meet students from across the Intermountain West
  • Gain experience for your future
  • Hear from diplomats, policymakers, scholars, and journalists

Dates and Deadlines

Final Registration: 15 Oct | Conference Date: 22 Oct
Country assignments will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Staff

Executive Director: Marie Kulbeth
Secretary General: Alix Hess
Assistant Director: Kelsey Eyre
Contact: mun@byu.edu

Directors

GA2

Director: Chaim Zuniga

1. Financial Inclusion of Rural and Underserved Communities

2. Disaster Risk Reduction

NPT

Director: Jarrod Smith

1. Strengthening Measures Towards General and Complete Nuclear Disarmament (Compliance with Article VI)

2. Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI)

OAS

Director: Kara Molnar

1. Mejorar el acceso a la educación primaria y secundaria durante y después de Covid-19

2. Fortalecer los procesos democráticos contra la corrupción

UNEA

Director: Dallyn McCracken

1. Increasing the Safe Use of Nuclear Energy

2. The Role of Fossil Fuels in a Sustainable Energy System

UNHCR

Director: Alix Hess

1. Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees

2. Forced Displacement of Refugees due to Climate Change

WHO

Director: Isabella Errigo

1. Enabling safety protocols to prepare for pandemics and epidemics

2. Improving water sanitation infrastructure in the global south

TRAINING MATERIALS

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Committee Background Guides

Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedure

Resolution Writing

Resolution Writing

Country Research

Position Paper

  • Position Paper Guide
    • Before you come to the conference, you will be expected to produce a paper detailing the position of your country on certain issues. Follow these guidelines to answer basic questions about the format, style, and content of resolution papers.
    • Position Paper Template
      • Before you come to the conference, you will be submitting position papers that reflect your country’s political position on the committee’s topics and includes ideas on how to solve the problem. Use this template to ensure correct formatting.

If you have questions, please email us at byumun@byu.edu. Good luck delegates!

BYUMUN33 High School Conference

For thirty-three years, BYUMUN has been Utah’s premiere high school Model United Nations learning conference. Delegates develop writing skills by drafting resolutions; improve speaking abilities; research country policies and global issues solutions; and learn to persuade their peers. New schools/delegates are welcome. 

Why Attend?

  • Expand your work by developing global perspectives on important issues
  • Improve core writing, research, and interpersonal skills
  • Meet students from across the Intermountain West
  • Gain experience for your future
  • Hear from diplomats, policymakers, scholars, and journalists

Dates and Deadlines

Conference Date: 28 Oct
Country assignments will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Staff

Executive Director: Marie Kulbeth
Secretary General: Alix Hess
Contact: mun@byu.edu

Directors

WHO

Director: Parker Carlquist

1. Malaria Resurgences

2. Ensuring Access to Adequate Healthcare

OAS

Director: Tania Carillo

1. Narcotics Trafficking

2. Overcoming the Effects of Gang Violence on Education Rates in the Americas

GA

Director: Brendan Armstrong

1. Press Freedom

2. Elimination of Gender-based Violence

SC

Director: Spencer Shields

1. Relationship between Disarmament and Development

2. Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

ECOSOC

Director: Megan Tanner

1. Building Resilience and Addressing Rising Food Insecurity

2. Achieving a 1.5 Degree Climate Future

UNHCR

Director: Katherine Jolley

1. Natural Disaster Displacement: Housing, Food and Water Security

2. Operationalizing UNHCR’s Commitments to the IDP-Initiative

TRAINING MATERIALS

Follow us on Instagram for Updates and training help

Committee Background Guides

Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedure

Resolution Writing

Resolution Writing

Country Research

Position Paper

  • Position Paper Guide
    • Before you come to the conference, you will be expected to produce a paper detailing the position of your country on certain issues. Follow these guidelines to answer basic questions about the format, style, and content of resolution papers.
    • Position Paper Template
      • Before you come to the conference, you will be submitting position papers that reflect your country’s political position on the committee’s topics and includes ideas on how to solve the problem. Use this template to ensure correct formatting.

If you have questions, please email us at byumun@byu.edu. Good luck delegates!

BYU MUN Teams

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Italy [Outstanding]

2021

Position Paper Awards: Kaitlin Long and Andrew Gabel
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People’s Republic of China (Pandemic Cancellation)

2020

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Italy [Honorable Mention] + Turkmenistan [Distinguished]

2019

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Russian Federation [Distinguished] + Paraguay [Distinguished]

2018

Position Paper Awards: Claudia Soto and Collin Stocksdale, Aryanna Hyde and Jacob Stebbing, Nathan McQuarrie and Rebecca Russavage, Hans Pande and Olivia Whiteley, Liam McMullin and Sasha Sloan, Georg Charbadze and Kami Dixon, Colton Getter and Aubrey Johnson
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Pakistan + Finland

2017

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France + Seychelle

2016

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Timor-Leste + Brazil

2015

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Islamic Republic of Iran [Outstanding] + Gambia [Outstanding]

2014

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Bangladesh [Outstanding] + Poland [Outstanding]

2013

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Russian Federation [Outstanding] + Burundi [Outstanding]

2012

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Republic of Korea [Outstanding] + Tonga [Outstanding]

2011

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Germany [Outstanding] + Médecins Sans Frontière [Outstanding]

2010

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Russian Federation [Outstanding] + Ethiopia [Outstanding]

2009

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Mexico [Outstanding] + Democratic Republic of the Congo [Outstanding]

2008

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India [Outstanding] + Syrian Arab Republic [Outstanding]

2007
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People’s Republic of China [Outstanding] + Hope Worldwide [Outstanding]

2006

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Burkina Faso [Outstanding] + Oxfam International [Outstanding]

2005

Socialists International

2004

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Syria + Bangladesh

2003

Russian Federation + Holy See + Trinidad & Tobago

2002

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South Africa + Bahrain

2001

India + Kiribati + Youth for Voluntary Action

2000

Islamic Republic of Iran

1999

Romania + China

1998

Russian Federation + Iraq

1997

United States of America [Outstanding]

1996

United Kingdom [Outstanding]

1995

United States of America [Outstanding]

1994

Zaire + Israel

1993

Niger [Honorable Mention]

1992

BYU MUN Teaching Assistants

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2021

Anna Bryner, Jenna Cook, Liam Dalton, Jake Fairchild, Amanda Gach, Brad Grisenti, Anela Hansen // Head Delegate: Isabella Errigo
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2020

Joshua Brown, Max Collins, Isabella Errigo, Kelsey Eyre, Cristiana Farnesworth, Gracia Lee, Robert Lindsay // Head Delegate: Olivia Whiteley
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2019

Cheyenne Rivera, Aidan Houston, Olivia DeMordaunt, Marco Pesci, Emma Gleave, Elizabeth Griffiths, Nell Stevens // Head Delegate: Olivia Whiteley
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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

Alejandra Aravena Guerra, Tristan Holley, Sarah Kemeny, Wesley Rassmussen, Alex Shafer, Anne Sidwell, Matthew Waldrip, Adam Fife, Bill Perry, Cory Leonard (not pictured)
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2005

Marie Kulbeth, Angela Mirriam, Mary Kate McKay, Joshua Budinger, Andrew Ludlow, Ana Loso, Cory Leonard, Bill Perry
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2004

Adam Fife, Rebecca McConkie, Sarah Stevenson, Peter Stone, Jake Summers, Ana Loso, Cory Leonard, Bill Perry (not pictured)
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2003

Jimmy Rogers, Rijen Hendrick, Anne Theodosis, Elysa Bowen, John Collins, Ryan Riggs, Ana Loso, Cory Leonard
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2002

Sherri Baker, John Collins, Jason Howell, Matt Thorne, Becca Vanultert, Staci Wheeler, Cory Leonard
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2001

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2000

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1999

Jonathan Chan, Jeff Grace, Katie Lenhard, Natalie Madsen, Tory Randall, Lon Sorenson, Taylor Roxanne, Alexandra Zwahlen, Cory Leonard
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1998