26th - 29th April 2016

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What is a Model United Nations?

A  Model United Nations (MUN) is an authentic simulation of specific organs of the UN, committees or conferences as the General Assembly, the Security Council or the Human Rights Council. During the MUN, students play the role of ambassadors of the member states of the United Nations to discuss specific issues on the extensive agenda of the organization.

Rules of procedure of the Model: each of the topics is assigned to a commission. Participants - about 60 students per commission - analyze the position of a country (which cannot be theirs) and debate the topics during three days, reproducing the exact process followed by UN diplomats when drafting the corresponding resolution. On the last day, conclusions are presented to the plenary of the General Assembly, where they are debated and voted by a show of hands. Resolutions are sent to "the real" UN to be taken into consideration as an expression of the point of  view and willingness of young people from around the world. In addition to the sessions of the commissions, the procedure of two essential organs in the system of the United Nations is represented: the Security Council and the International Court of Justice. Bodies like the World Bank and agencies such as UNESCO and the ILO were also simulated, with the will and ambition to work the most innovative and current international issues.

In recent years, the Model UN sessions have become an increasingly effective and popular means of educating students on the United Nations and its topics of discussion. The popularity of the Model continues to grow and, today, more than 200,000 high school students and university students from around the world participate each year. Many world leaders participated in the Model during their academic careers. Today, MUN exists in nearly 40 countries. Simulations are adaptable to any scale and Models have been held in classrooms, in schools and at a regional, national and international level. The longer duration events are called conferences, given that they attract participants from around the country or the world.

Joining a MUN is an unforgettable experience that not only introduces young people to the discussion of topics on the international agenda, it also promotes the development of skills that will be useful during their life. Models allow to improve the ability to compromise when resolving problems, teach certain aspects of conflict resolution and boost research skills, communication skills, and gives the opportunity to meet people.

C'MUN: The Model United Nations of Barcelona

Among all the activities organized by UNA-Spain, there is one that has achieved a unique and almost autonomous dimension: the Catalonia Model United Nations (C'MUN), the conference Model United Nations of Barcelona. The C'MUN started in 2005, when the Association was looking for a type of activity aimed at young people, but something larger than the typical conference on a topic made by experts. We wanted something challenging, stimulating and original. The opportunity appeared with the invitation to the training-simulation of the Hague, in the summer of 2005. The experience was so inspiring that, since then, the Association began working to bring the MUN to Spain.

This is the reason why in May 2006, after many efforts, we got it: C'MUN was born, the first simulation of the United Nations bodies in Spain, for university students. The immense success, more than 200 participants from 60 universities around the world, the support of the Catalan institutions and, above all, the enthusiasm of the participants, convinced us that the C'MUN was not only a commendable experience, but also something that had become a fundamental pillar of the Association task.

The C'MUN attracts both participants with no experience and MUN veterans, giving beginners the opportunity to learn and discover, and to the experienced ones, to improve and share abilities, making debates intense and profitable. And in addition to the amazing response of the participants to the Model -more than 400 in some editions-, one of the most remarkable aspects and of which we are very proud, is the involvement of the Catalan institutions (Parliament, City Council and Government of Catalonia) with the C'MUN. This fact has been reflected in the participation of the main representatives of Catalonia at the opening and closing sessions.