Model United Nations
Washington College has been sending delegations to the WorldMUN conferences for over a decade, starting in 1993 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Since then, eight delegations have traveled to various cities throughout the world to represent Washington College at WorldMUN, the most recent being the 2010 conference in Taipei, Taiwan.
Past Conferences Where WC Delegations have Participated
- 1993 Prague, Czech Republic
- 1995 Geneva, Switzerland
- 1996 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 1997 Budapest, Hungary
- 2002 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- 2004 Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
- 2009 The Hague, The Netherlands
- 2010 Taipei, Taiwan
What Is WorldMUN?
The Harvard World Model United Nations Conference (WorldMUN) is the most diverse college-level Model UN conference in the world, attracting more than 1,800 college students from more than 50 countries each year for a youth summit. WorldMUN moves to a new international city each year. The conference lasts one week in March and combines committee sessions during the day with nightly social events. The events provide delegates with a great way to experience the host-country’s culture and to learn from students from around the world.
What Is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations simulates United Nations, International Organizations, and governmental bodies such as the World Health Organization, the African Union, and government cabinets - in which participants are assigned to represent countries, organizations, or leaders in order to debate pressing international issues. Over a series of committee sessions, the delegates have to work together constructively in order to introduce working papers and eventually draft resolutions. The sessions end when the committee votes on all the introduced draft resolutions, generally choosing to adopt a single document that addresses the problem being discussed.
History of WorldMUN
WorldMUN was founded in 1991 by several Harvard students who were looking to create a different Model United Nations experience. It was only natural that the conference’s first session would be in Miedzyzdroje, Poland, a city that had just had its borders opened with the fall of the Iron Curtain. There were about 100 delegates at the 1992 conference. The conference grew for several years, and, in 1997, WorldMUN partnered with its first host team, the Budapest University of Economic Sciences. With the introduction of the host team, the conference began to develop its social activities to expand the conference experience beyond committee: Global Village, with delegates bringing food, drink, songs and traditions from their homelands, and Cabaret, a global talent show, began to bookend the conference as much as Opening and Closing Ceremonies did.
As the conference approaches its 20th year, it has grown to represent the most diverse university conference in the world. WorldMUN was founded in the spirit of idealism and today’s conference represents those ideals in a way that promises a unique experience to its almost 2,500 delegates from over 60 countries.
At a WorldMUN conference, approximately 1900 delegates from 48 countries and 200 universities come together to debate, negotiate and change the world.
“Having the opportunity to participate in the World MUN conference in Taipei gave me a chance not only to visit the country and explore the culture, it also gave me a chance to connect with other students from around the world with a common experience and a common goal. It gave me a chance to expand my knowledge and understand my topic from different perspectives. It also taught me to open up and share my own ideas. Every idea is important, sharing them is the only way others will be able to understand what you are thinking.” — Christina Fisher ‘10 (Taipei 2010)
A Day in the Life of a Delegate:
- 9:00am - 12:15pm: Committee Session 1
- 12:15 - 2:30: Lunch
- 12:30 - 2:00pm: In-conference Visits, Activities, Workshops
- 2:30pm - 5:30pm: Committee Session 2
- 5:45pm - 6:30pm: Head Delegate/ Faculty Advisor Meeting
- 9:00pm - 1:00am: Nightly Social Event