Model UN

Model UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and its other multilateral bodies where students perform an ambassador role while debating topics such as gender equality, climate action, global health, and more.

About Model UN

Over sixty years ago, Model UN programs started at colleges and universities across the United States. Soon after, Model UN continued to grow in academic institutions around the world. Through public speaking, critical thinking and in-depth research, the Model UN experience allows students to cultivate skills and enrich their global affairs knowledge through interactive competition.


Model UN in the Palm of Your Hand

To scale Model UN and engage greater audiences in this valuable experiential learning simulation, UNA-USA and the U.S. State Department developed the Model UN App in 2012. Geared toward teachers, students and community leaders, app provides step-by-step tools to effectively engage students with the vital work of the United Nations. Without any previous knowledge of the UN or Model UN, students can learn the principles of diplomacy, leadership, problem-solving, and public speaking in a 60-minute lesson plan.

The Model UN app uses real-life examples to explore today’s most pressing issues. After completing various learning modules, students will be guided to take immediate action for various global issues in their own communities.


Model UN and the Common Core

The Model UN App supports the Common Core State Standards for Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Participants improve skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and the use of effective language.  Additionally, they develop critical thinking, cross cultural understanding, conflict resolution and other necessary skills for college and career readiness. Learn more about Common Core.