Harvard World Model United Nations
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 city each year and is one of the largest international MUN conferences today. The Conference was first held in 1992. The Conference targets High School students from all over the world who have a passion and interest to become a diplomat in future.
General information and history
WorldMUN uses a competitive bidding process to select locations for each conference, with prospective host teams, usually consisting of the MUN societies of large universities, applying.
The conference is generally held in March.
WorldMUN uses the American style of Model United Nations, with almost all delegates paired with another from their delegation, with discussions occurring both inside and outside the rooms simultaneously.
Committees have in the past included committees of the United Nations General Assembly, the Security Council, the subcommittees of ECOSOC, regional bodies (such as the African Union or European Union), specialized agencies of the United Nations, crisis simulation committees and uniquely, simulations of the entire general assembly.
As most other conferences, there are also workshops, social events showcasing local culture and a global village, where participant teams can share delicacies and traditions from their home countries.
From 2016 onwards, the conference began giving out WorldMUN spirit awards to teams, for showing exceptional adherence to the spirit of WorldMUN and the United Nations. The team from Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela) were the first recipients of this prize.
The organisation also has a social foundation, the resolution project, aimed at fostering global youth leadership.
- Harvard WorldMUN [@WorldModelUN] (21 March 2014). "Best Large Delegation - Peruvian Universities" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Harvard WorldMUN [@WorldModelUN] (21 March 2014). "Outstanding Large Delegation - Universidad Simon Bolivar" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Harvard WorldMUN [@WorldModelUN] (21 March 2014). "Best Small Delegation - Georgetown University" (Tweet) – via Twitter.