What is a Model United Nations ?
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is a conference in which students from different backgrounds take the role of an international delegate representing a given country. Over the course of the event, participating students experience the complexities of international relations as they debate current issues in the fields of development, environment, politics…
Assigned to different committees, the aim of all delegates is to defend their country’s position and interests.
Besides participating as a delegates, students may be involved instead in the press or administrative teams.
What is the objective of Georges Duby MUN?
Georges Duby MUN has been led by students for 5 years now. Its goal is to allow participants to gain insights into the world of diplomacy in a setting that is serious and challenging. The conference teaches leadership skills, tolerance, and teamwork, as well as a problem-solving attitude needed in shaping the future. All delegates will have the opportunity to improve their public speaking and debating skills, to learn to collaborate, and to write clauses helping to pave the way towards consensus-based decisions.
GDMUN’s focus is to push students to be aware and engaged at an international level, by:
-Providing an environment where the voices of students can be heard;
-Helping the students nurture debating skills;
-Engaging interested students in the world of international politics and relations;
-Promoting the importance of the rising generation in problem solving and decision making.
This year’s conference theme : Empowering Youth
Our Sixth GDMUN conference aspires to bring students from different backgrounds together for a two-day long debate focusing on the theme: Empowering Youth.
The GDMun team had at heart, this year, to focus on the promotion of youth-focused and youth-led development. Today, young people aged 10 to 24 make up one quarter of the world’s population. The aspirations and achievements of these 1.8 billion people will obviously shape the future as they grow into contributing as political actors, innovators, entrepreneurs and peace-builders.
Yet the social, economic and political barriers faced by young generations prevents them from unleashing their fullest potential. An estimated 515 million people, aged 15 to 24, live on less than $2 a day according to UNESCO, and millions more face human rights violations, gender discrimination and other forms of marginalization.
The ten proposed committees will discuss issues faced by young populations and investigate the idea of “investing in youth.” Debates will focus on young people’s potential as agents of change, how to involve them in development issues and encourage their participation at all levels.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recognises that “The way we engage young people today will determine the prospects for sustainable development and peace.”
THE COURSE OF THE EVENT
Students meet on Saturday morning at Georges Duby High School in Luynes (13) for a day of debate in English. The delegates are divided into Committees inspired by those in place at the UN (environment, politics, economy, international security, human rights …). The goal of each Committee is to propose solutions on specific issues relating to international topics by proposing clauses that are gathered by the Chair into resolutions. Coffee breaks and different team building moments help to create a spirit of cohesion that encourages exchanges between delegates. A social event is organised on Saturday evening that prolongs a rich day of discussion and allows delegates from different establishments to enjoy one another’s company.
All the delegates are gathered by country for a General Assembly on a precise topic, which calls on delegates to make use of what they put into place the day before in Committees and offers them the opportunity–according to specific MUN rules of procedure–to take floor and defend ideas. This event does not take place at Georges Duby High School, but in a conference building booked in Aix-en-Provence for the occasion. The General Assembly brings together more than 300 student delegates, all debating on the same topic.