Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan
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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions & Answers.
Q: What is Model United Nations?
A: Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of United Nations General Assembly committees and other bodies that constitute the UN system. MUN affords students the opportunity to step into the shoes of ambassadors to the UN and debate issues currently on the agenda of the organisation.
Q: How did Model UN begin?
A: While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of student-led Model League of Nations simulations. Some people believe that the first Model UN conference was held at Harvard University, although other colleges claim they held the first conference. Regardless, simulations of international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations.
Q: Who participates in Model UN?
A: It is estimated that more than 400,000 students around the world at all educational levels from primary school to university, participate each year in Model UN. A number of today's leaders in business, the arts, government and law participated in Model UN as students – including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And the popularity of Model UN continues to grow.
Q: What is a Model UN conference?
A: Conferences differ in structure and programme. Some MUN programmes take place in the classroom; others are school-wide. Conferences which are much larger, are held at the regional, national, or international level, and feature participants from the host country as well as from around the world. Middle school, high school and university students gather annually in groups as few as 15 to over 3000 to simulate the meetings and negotiation efforts of member states at UN Conferences. The size of a MUN conference and the number of committees simulated are determined by the host organisation.
Conferences are staffed entirely by students and unique feature of many of these conferences is the simulation of real UN committees, addressing hypothetical concerns or issues from the past or future such as the 1992 Earth Summit, an historic Security Council, the Russian Civil War 1918, and Joint Crisis Committees, in which delegates must react to a hypothetical or actual crisis situation.
Q: Where and when are Model UN conferences held?
A: While Model UN conferences are often held at educational institutions, larger conferences generally take place in convention centers and sometimes even at government buildings. These conferences take place virtually every month throughout the school year, but there are few events in the summer as well.
Q: What is a Model UN delegate?
A: A Model UN delegate is a student who assumes the role of an ambassador to the United Nations at a Model UN event. Experience in international relations is not required for this sort of the activity. Model UN students tend to go on to become great leaders in politics, law, business, education, etc.
Q: What are the benefits of participation in Model UN conferences?
A: Through participation in MUN, students gain a deeper understanding of how the process of international debate and negotiation which we call diplomacy, functions. MUN enables students to become more informed global citizens, who not only understand the decisions made by nations, but also how those changes affect politics at the national, regional and global levels.
Participation in MUN conferences affords students an opportunity to develop a range of skills including: research, expository and persuasive writing, analytical skills; teamwork, problem-solving, debating, conflict resolution skills; cooperation, compromise, consensus-building and negotiation skills.
Q: Who are the organizers of the first Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013?
A: It’s a joint project of the Ministry of Youth and Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNDP Azerbaijan.
Q: Will it be the simulation of UN Security Council only or the work of other committees will also be simulated?
A: As this is the first time of holding international Model UN conference in Baku, we decided to start with simulation of UN Security only.
Q: What is the topic of the conference?
A: It is “Cyber Security”.
Q: How many people will be participating?
A: The Conference will bring together 45 university students and graduates from Azerbaijan and fourteen other member states currently serving as members of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Argentina, Australia, Guatemala, Luxembourg, Morocco, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Rwanda and Togo.
Q: How were the participants selected?
A: The call for applications was announced online and distributed through UN agencies as well as embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the elegible countries. The applicants were evaluated by their general performance, language skills and Model UN experience.
Q: Is it a free of charge event?
A: Yes, all expenses (including transportation and accommodation costs of foreign participants) are covered by the organizers of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013. There is no participation fee.
Q: Will any pre-conference training be organized?
A: The participants of Baku International Model UN Security Council 2013 will be provided with the brilliant opportunity to take part in the two-day pre-conference workshop led by UN representatives experienced in organization of Model UN conferences worldwide.
Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası) is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short borderline with Turkey to the northwest.
The United Nations (UN; French: Organisation des Nations Unies, ONU) is an intergovernmental organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedoms, democracy, and the achievement of lasting world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.