Model United Nations conference

The 10th-12th March 2017 will see Joseph Chamberlain College host their sixth Model United Nations conference as they look to welcome over 300 young people from sixth form colleges nationwide to debate issues, develop compromises, practise public speaking skills and work with peers they have never met before.

The first of its kind, the JCC MUN conference maintains its status as the largest in Britain. Model United Nations (MUN) is a parallel discussion forum to the work of the United Nations, but the prestigious event is no inferior or ‘pretend’ debate; UN Secretary-Generals have spoken at conferences and agreed to take MUN resolutions to full United Nations meetings in New York and Geneva. It is no coincidence that US Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer, former World Court justice Stephen M Schwebel and even Samuel Jackson and Chelsea Clinton, were involved in Model United Nations at an earlier age.

The conference develops skills that are transferrable to Higher Education and the work place. These skills include independent research, developing formal United Nations resolutions, cooperation and debate with peers and public speaking. At university interviews previous participants have been asked about the role of MUN events in their development and they have been able to highlight its importance.

MUN was set up in 2011 at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College as a way to increase the global awareness of our students and those from participating colleges, broadening their horizons. Students are required to represent countries from across the globe, empathising with the country’s position on a number of issues.