Model United Nations, which we refer to as MUN, gives our students a chance to practice many of the skills that will let them succeed both now and in the future. Whether it’s doing the in-depth research of a country study, or passionately debating their resolution about a hot-button world issue, these students are learning how to be successful in classes and in life. Researching, writing, speaking, and debating are just part of the process, though. Students also make use of all of their higher-order thinking skills to come up with new and creative ways to solve world problems. Additionally, they develop their diplomacy and leadership skills through compromise and consensus building.
So what is MUN? Simply put, it is a simulation of how United Nations committees work. The student
“delegates,” as they’re called, are assigned a specific country or organization. They role-play as the actual UN representative of that country, attempting to truly reflect that country’s position on world issues. These specific issues are given to them in advance, so that they can be exhaustively researched. Delegates then determine their positions and write resolutions – formal, detailed descriptions of what they want other UN member countries to agree to. These resolutions are then informally discussed, amended, and ultimately, brought to the floor for debate. This debate is done in a formal, parliamentary style.
Baku International School has had an MUN club since 2007. The school has participated in international conferences six times, travelling to Turkey and to the UAE. Additionally, BIS has been a part of the local Model United Nations conference since 2009. Dozens of BIS students have participated in these conferences. Some have gone on to be actively involved in MUN at their universities as well. Many have said that the MUN conferences were among the highlights of their student experience.
Currently BIS participates in one international and one local MUN Conference each year. While MUN is open to all students in the 12-Year-Old Class through Secondary, only secondary students can travel for the
international conferences. The local conference is a great place for the younger students to develop their skills and get prepared, however.
For the 2017-2018 school year we will participate in the THIMUN Qatar Conference in January 2018 and the Baku International MUN (BIMUN) in April 2018. The plan for the 2018-2019 school year is to attend THE THIMUN Conference in The Hague, Netherlands in January 2019 and BIMUN in April 2019.