Harvard World Model United Nations

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Harvard World Model United Nations
Harvard World Model United Nations Logo, 2014 Update.png
Abbreviation WorldMUN
Formation 1991
Type NGO
Purpose Education
  • Cambridge, MA
Official language
Secretary General
Nicholas Abbott
Main organ
Organizing Committee
Website www.worldmun.org

The Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) is an annual traveling Model United Nations conference that is run by Harvard University and a local university team from a host city. WorldMUN moves to a new international city each year and attracts over 2,000 college and graduate students from more than 70 countries, making it the largest international collegiate-level Model UN conference in the world.

Founded in 1991, WorldMUN has traveled to 23 cities in six continents, including Amsterdam, Netherlands; Istanbul, Turkey; Puebla, Mexico; Geneva, Switzerland; Melbourne, Australia; Brussels, Belgium; Beijing, China; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt; Heidelberg, Germany; and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

WorldMUN Locations[edit]

Harvard WorldMUN utilizes a competitive bidding process to select its conference locations and host teams. Each year, prospective host teams submit bid documents outlining their capacity to co-host a conference of WorldMUN's magnitude. Prospective teams also highlight aspects of their local culture that would be showcased throughout the conference. After deliberations, the conference location is selected through a secret ballot.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was the host for the 21st Harvard WorldMUN, which was held from 11–15 March 2012. The 22nd session was held in Melbourne, Australia from 18–22 March 2013.[1] The 2014 conference took place from 17–21 March in Brussels, Belgium. It was announced on 1 May 2014 that Seoul, South Korea would host the 24th session of the conference from 16–20 March 2015.[2]

Conference Activities[edit]

  • Committee sessions
Participants are assigned to represent countries, organizations, or leaders in order to debate pressing international issues in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO). WorldMUN divides all its committees into three organs:
The General Assembly encompasses all 193 Members of the United Nations, posing this unique forum at the deliberative, policymaking, and representative core of the UN. Established under the original 1945 Charter of the UN, the GA was conceived alongside the birth of the UN and captures the all-encompassing spirit of multilateral discussion that motivated the formation of its parent international organization. Because of the organ’s inclusiveness, and therefore far-reaching influence, GA resolutions have often taken on the role of landmark documents reflecting UN commitment to international issues cockand serving as a manifesto for solving these issues. At WorldMUN, the GA is distinguished by well-moderated, fluid debate; passionate delegates; and necessarily intense and productive caucusing to forge broad alliances to sustain innovative draft resolutions.
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) governs approximately 70% of the United Nations’ human and financial resources, promoting it to a highly influential position in the world today. The regional bodies provide a culturally sensitive and geographically focused platform for discussion on vital issues, carrying out the mission of the UN in different areas of the world. Due to their ideal size, these committees allow delegates to not only be challenged by diverse perspectives, but take the floor multiple times, offering a unique opportunity to engage in intense, yet intimate debate.
The Specialized Agencies (SA) organ of WorldMUN offers the most intimate and crisis-oriented committees, promising thrilling simulations, refreshing diversity, and tight-knit environments. The SA aims to emulate the fast-paced and unpredictable challenges that face our global leaders, allowing delegates to work closely with a group of passionate peers to tackle these issues. These committees are intended for experienced delegates who seek to confront the highest levels of international debate, cooperation, and decision-making.
  • Social Venture challenge
The social venture challenge allows interested participants to compete for grants to implement their creative solutions for healthcare, education, human rights, technology, water, and other areas. This is through WorldMUN's partnership with the Resolution Project, a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2007 by WorldMUN alumni, dedicated to empoweringputang young leaders around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship.
  • In-conference activities
These include in-conference trips and workshops. The trips give conference participants a change to explore the host city and its culture whereas the workshops allow participants to interact with diplomats, politicians and academics to discuss a variety of .
  • Social events
WorldMUN's social events are pivotal to the WordMUN experience.
  1. Night Zero: Before conference kicks off, delegates and staff gather for a night out to inaugurate the conference.
  2. Global Village: Every year, WorldMUN starts off its social agenda with Global Village. This is the first opportunity for delegates to meet each other in a social setting. Delegations host a booth where they can share traditions, delicacies, and more from their home countries.
  3. Featured night 1: Designed by the Host Team of the year for participants to experience the host city's local culture.
  4. Cabaret: Also a WorldMUN tradition, delegates showcase their talents on stage in Cabaret on the third night.
  5. Featured night 2: Designed by the Host Team of the year for participants to experience the host city's local culture.
  6. Farewell Party: Traditionally, WorldMUN closes with this final social event.

WorldMun Spirit Award[edit]

The Universidad Catolica Andrés Bello (UCAB) won the first ever WorldMUN Spirit award in 2016.

MetroMun World, from  Universidad Metropolitana was awarded Worldmun Spirit in 2017.

Past WorldMUN Conferences[edit]

Session Year Location
City- Country- Secretary General Host Team President Local Host Team Conference Venue Delegation Awards
1 1992 Miedzyzdroje Poland


Geraldine Acuña N/A Hotel Amber Baltic
2 1993 Prague Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Joshua A. Saloman N/A
3 1994 Luxembourg Luxembourg


Ankur U. Saraiya N/A
4 1995 Geneva Switzerland


Emmeline Li N/A
5 1996 Amsterdam Netherlands


Aram A. Schvey N/A
6 1997 Budapest Hungary


Andras Forgacs Budapest University of Economic Sciences
7 1998 Brussels Belgium


Johs Pierce Vrije Universiteit Brussel
8 1999 Cambridge United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Winnie Li University of Cambridge
9 2000 Athens Greece


James Mwangi National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
10 2001 Istanbul Turkey


Rohan Gulrajani
11 2002 Belo Horizonte Brazil


Aspasia Karalis Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais Ouro Minas Palace Hotel Best Large Delegation: Yale University
Best Small Delegation:
12 2003 Heidelberg Germany


George Tsiatis University of Heidelberg University of Heidelberg - Old Town Campus Best Large Delegation:
Best Small Delegation:
13 2004 Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt


George Tsiatis Modern Sciences and Arts University Maritim Jolie Ville Mövenpick Golf, Resort & Conference Center Best Large Delegation:
Best Small Delegation:
14 2005 Edinburgh United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Alex Captain University of Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Best Large Delegation: The College of William & Mary
Best Small Delegation:
15 2006 Beijing China


Victor Bicalho Peking University Peking University Best Large Delegation: The College of William & Mary
Best Small Delegation:
16 2007 Geneva Switzerland


Khalid Yasin École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Centre international de conférences de Genève (CICG) Best Large Delegation: West Point
Best Small Delegation: Lahore University of Management Sciences
17 2008 Puebla Mexico


Joseph Kerns Manuel Rosas Vázquez Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla Convention Center of Puebla Best Large Delegation: MUN Society Belgium
Best Small Delegation: Lahore University of Management Sciences
Outstanding Large Delegation: Universidad Central de Venezuela
18 2009 The Hague Netherlands


Timur Kalimov José Dominguez Alvarez United Netherlands World Forum Convention Center and the International Criminal Court Best Large Delegation: MUN Society Belgium
Best Small Delegation: Lahore University of Management Sciences
19 2010 Taipei Taiwan


Ami Nash Jason Tsung-Cheng Hou National Taiwan University Taipei International Convention Center Best Large Delegation: Colgate University
Best Small Delegation: Lahore University of Management Sciences
20 2011 Singapore Singapore


Reihan Nadarajah Jing Zhi & Sharmeen Alam National University of Singapore Suntec Singapore International Convention Centre Best Large Delegation: MUN Society Belgium
Best Small Delegation:
21 2012 Vancouver Canada


Kat Tang Kenneth Chan University of British Columbia Vancouver Convention Centre Best Large Delegation: Universidad Catolica Andres Bello
Best Small Delegation: Claremont McKenna College
22 2013 Melbourne Australia


Charlene Wong Siamak Loni Monash University & RMIT University Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Best Large Delegation: MUN Society Belgium
Best Small Delegation: College of William & Mary
Outstanding Large Delegation: Universidad Central de Venezuela
23 2014 Brussels Belgium


Grace Y. Qi Jens Wauters MUN Society Belgium Egmont Palace, European Council and The Hotel Brussels Best Large Delegation: Peruvian Universities [3] Outstanding Large Delegation:Universidad Simón Bolívar[4]

Best Small Delegation: Georgetown University International Relations Club [5]

24 2015 Seoul South Korea

Republic of Korea

Brian K. Mwarania Hyun-Joo Lee Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Korea International Exhibition Center Best Large Delegation: Universidad Simón Bolívar
Best Small Delegation: Claremont McKenna College
Outstanding Large Delegation: Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
25 2016 Rome ItalyItaly Joseph P. Hall Riccardo Messina United Network, Italian Association Sheraton Rome Best Large Delegation: MUN Society Belgium
Best Small Delegation: Claremont McKenna College
Outstanding Large Delegation: Peruvian Universities
WorldMUN Spirit Award: Universidad Católica Andrés Bello
Debut appearance: Tel Aviv University
26 2017 Montreal Canada


Parijat Lal Jonathan Sasson Dawson College Best Large: MUN Society Belgium

Outstanding Large: Be.Boosted

Best Small: Washington University in St. Louis

Outstanding small: West Point Military Academy

WorldMUN Spirit Award: Universidad Metropolitana

27 2018

See also[edit]

Model United Nations


External links[edit]

2018 Panama Federal Republic of Somalia Nicholas Abbott