Model United Nations programme overview
Model UN is a simulation of the United Nations in session: the General Assembly, Security Council, ECOSOC and the Human Rights Council. Participants take on the role of diplomats representing the different UN member states, debating current global issues, drafting resolutions, voting and passing resolutions. Students have to research a set topic, the position of the country they represent regarding that topic, draft their resolution, and defend the position of the country they represent. These resolutions are sent to the UN. Young leaders are equipped through research and debate and hone their skills regarding negotiation, arbitration, mediation conflict resolution and diplomacy in a practical way, preparing them for real life situations. MUNs provide a platform for young leadership development.
Schools Model UN
UNASA's Model UNs are currently organized in 23 high schools across the Western Cape and Gauteng, in grades 10 and 11. Local university students and teachers work together to facilitate the program, which engages students in debates that address topics discussed at the United Nations' general assembly--such as the sustainable development goals and current global affairs. Each school participates in monthly training sessions and debates, and attends an end-of-the-year event at parliament, either at a city or national level, in collaboration with the city of Cape Town and Johannesburg. In these debates, each school represents a particular country's views and interests, a process that challenges South Africa high school students to think outside of the box and think about global issues within a local context.
University Model UN
At the university level, Model UNs engage students in debates on current global affairs by assigning one country to each student. UNASA carries out Model UNs in our 13 university chapters across the country. As representatives of a particular country, each student participant must represent that country's views and interests. An end-of-the-year event takes place at the University of Pretoria, where delegations of students from all participating institution engage in a debate. During the event, which is carried out in conjunction with the Foreign Ministry, select students are chosen to carry out internships at the Foreign Ministry.