Model United Nations
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 include Cory Leonard, William Perry, and Marie Kulbeth.
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.
- 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.
Executive Directors: Marie Kulbeth, Kelly Russell, Alix Hess
Co-Secretaries General: Parker Carlquist and Spencer Shields
1. Narcotics Trafficking
2. Overcoming the Effects of Gang Violence on Education Rates in the Americas
1. Relationship between Disarmament and Development
2. Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts
1. Building Resilience and Addressing Rising Food Insecurity
2. Achieving a 1.5 Degree Climate Future
1. Natural Disaster Displacement: Housing, Food and Water Security
2. Operationalizing UNHCR’s Commitments to the IDP-Initiative
The materials below are designed to help student-delegates better understand some of the soft skills of diplomacy. Skills include: policy writing, public speaking, deep research, parliamentary procedure, and negotiation. BYUMUN is proud to welcome all programs and students regardless of experience. If you are a new program or student looking to participate in the upcoming conference, we encourage you to pay special attention to learning parliamentary procedure and resolution writing as these are the most technical skills required.
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- Parliamentary Procedure Guide Sheet
- These are the rules of discussion and formal language to be used throughout the conference.
- Resolution Writing Guide
- Use this to answer basic questions about the format, style, and content of resolution papers.
- BYUMUN32 Resolution Template
- Six Steps for Effective Country Research and Representation
- We hope you come to this conference with a deep understanding of your country. This sheet provides ideas and a road map on how to obtain that understanding.
- 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.
Materials for OAS
If you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck delegates!