FAQ

About the Middle East MUN Program

Q: What is Middle East Model United Nations?

Middle East Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Middle East MUN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their committee will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization. Middle East MUN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation when the role playing gets under way. The delegates’ in depth knowledge of their countries guarantees a lively and memorable experience.

Q: How did Model UN begin?

While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of student led Model League of Nations simulations. Some people believe that the first Model UN conference was held at Harvard University, although other colleges claim they held the first conference. Regardless, simulations of international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations

Q: What is the difference between the Middle East Model United Nations Program and a Model United Nations Program?

Our program differs from the traditional Model UN format in that the students achieve Resolutions based on collaboration and negotiation rather than debate. This provides them skills that will last a lifetime.

Q: What are some of the educational benefits of Middle East Model United Nations?

Teachers and students have benefited from and enjoyed this interactive learning experience. It not only involves young people in the study and discussion of global issues, but also encourages the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution and cooperation.

Q: What is a Middle East Model United Nations delegate?

A Middle East MUN delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations in a Model UN simulation. Prior to a conference or event, a Model UN delegate does not need extensive experience in international relations. Anyone can participate in Model UN, so long as they have the ambition to learn something new and to work with people to try and make a difference in the world. Middle East Model UN students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education and medicine.

The Middle East MUN New Teacher Workshop

Q: Why should I participate in Middle East Model United Nations?

Middle East MUN promotes students’ and teachers’ interest in the world around them and broadens a student’s knowledge in a variety of subjects. It teachers’ vital skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, research and communication. It also gives students and teachers the opportunity to meet interesting new people and make new friends.

Q: How can I enroll my students to participate in a Middle East Model United Nations Conference?

In order to participate in the Middle East MUN conferences, the teachers leading the students’ delegates are required to take the Middle East MUN New Teacher Workshop. This training is a two day course to enable teachers to effectively prepare the students to attend the Middle East MUN conferences. For teachers new to Middle East MUN this is an obligatory component.

Conference Registration, Dashboard, Matrices, Fees and Logistics

Q: I forgot my school login information. Is there a way to retrieve it?

Every time you forget your school login info to access the school dashboard, please know that you can easily retrieve it by clicking on the link “Forgot your password?”. The link to retrieve your lost login info is located under the login access tabs on the top right corner of this webpage. After clicking on the link “Forgot your password?”, you will be asked to enter the email address linked to your school account. Once you submit the email address linked to your school account, an automated email will be sent to that email confirming your login information to access your school dashboard.

Q: Do we need to submit registration fees for students, chaperones, including teachers, to receive a country assignment?

In order to select a country for your delegation you just need to register your school and pay the school registration fee. To confirm attendance, you will need to pay the fees for all participants (teachers, students, chaperones, parents, observers, etc.) within the timeline provided by Middle East MUN. However, you can save money by registering your participants early.

Q: I’m the teacher coordinator. Do I have a complimentary registration fee?

No. The conference registration fee applies to all participants, including teacher coordinators, parents, students and observers.

Q: I have an odd number of students in my group, am I allowed to place three students in a committee?

The conference matrix will not allow more than two students per committee. Middle East MUN recommends two students If you have an extra student, who may not feel comfortable with taking on the responsibility of writing two papers and one speech per topic, Middle East MUN will consider placing three students in one committee. If this is your case, please contact us at info@middleeastmun.org so that we can make adjustments to the Matrix to accommodate your group.

Q: Is the Middle East Model United Nations team responsible for making arrangements for the UN official tours?

No. You will need to contact the United Nations for more information at (212) 9638687

Q: Who will advise, guide and direct the teachers, parents and students through the preparation process prior and at the conference?

Throughout the year, the staff will be preparing the background guides and answering your questions in preparing for this conference. During the conference, the staff will direct committees, conduct teacher workshops and advise students on the progress of their resolutions. The Middle East Model UN staff come from a diverse background in life and education that makes our team not only unique but also very successful. If you have any questions that are not covered here or elsewhere on our website, please email us at info@middleeastmun.org

Middle East MUN Leadership Training

Q: What is the Middle East MUN Leadership Training? What is it for?

Is a two day course to educate teachers and former MUN delegates to take on the role of Committee Presidents, Vice Presidents, Rapporteurs as well as the MUN Secretariat.

Q: Is this training a one time course?

Yes. Although you will be also participating in a selection process while you are being trained. The Middle East MUN board will select the members and position according to the participants’ performance during the training.

Q: I’m new to Middle East MUN, can I register to participate in the Middle East MUN Leadership Training?

No, this training requires experience in MUN Conferences. If you are new to the Middle East MUN Program you will need to go through learning by experiencing the preparation and measure procedures prior and during the Middle East MUN Conferences. You need to be a trained MUN Teacher, High School student or former Middle School student with previous experience in MUN Conferences to participate in the MUN Leadership Training.

Middle East MUN International Conferences

Q: Do the children need visas for the travel?

Please check with your country’s State Department or the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs of the host country to see the regulations about visas. They will also provide information about how to obtain a visa if it is required. EU, US and Canadian Nationals do not need visa.

Q: Does Middle East MUN provide a letter of invitation for my school group?

A letter of invitation can be issued by Middle East MUN upon request. The teacher coordinator must submit a request by email to info@middleeastmun.org Be sure to include in your email request the following information for each of the registered participants:
– Full name as shown on their passport;
– Passport number;
– Date of birth;
– Issue and expiration dates of their passports; and
– Their status at the conference, i.e. Student Delegate, Teacher Coordinator, Parent Chaperone

Q: What immunizations are recommended for travel?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides comprehensive information. Click here for more information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list/

Q: Will the official language at the Conference be English?

Yes. There will be teachers and high school students who have attended Middle East MUN and will serve as Secretariat on the Dais. They speak Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese and will help with translation, if needed.

If you have any questions that are not covered here or elsewhere on our website, please email us at info@middleeastmun.org