Youth Model UN 2018

Youth Model UN

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July, 2019

Join us for a two-day conference which will see your students negotiate with more than 100 students from the UK and Germany to find solutions to real world problems.

The 6th Annual Youth Model UN Conference will take place on Friday 5 of July and Saturday 6 of July 2019.  

This year’s conference will focus on human rights issues in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 2019 YMUN conference will address some of the most challenging and critical issues which humanity currently faces. Over the past year, famines, conflicts,terrorist attacks, natural disasters and extreme weather events, not to mention threats posed by new technologies, have wreaked havoc in the lives of many millions of people across the world, negatively impacting the very foundations of human rights, including: the right to life and living with dignity, health and security. In a fast changing world, your students will be tasked this year with exploring human-rights based solutions to a multitude of challenges that are threatening the very core of humanity. 

The theme of this 2019 Conference is: "The Great Question: Where after all do universal human rights begin?"*

(*In her 1958 address to the UN, Eleanor Roosevelt posed what she called "the great question").

Our committees and topics for this year are as follows:

General Assembly Committee (GA)
1.    Artificial Intelligence 
2.    Climate Refugees

Human Rights Council  (HRC)
1.    Food Security and Climate
2.    The Right to Privacy and Cyber Security

Security Council (SC)
1.    The Situation in Yemen
2.    Crisis (TBA) 

New to Model UN?

Since the 1950s, Model United Nations (Model UN) Conferences have spread internationally and have now become a global phenomenon. Student participants will engage in a high value, highly interactive, interdisciplinary and intercultural experience with other students from all across London.

They will not only immerse themselves in another country, political system and culture, but they will be able to constructively discuss real world dilemmas with their peers and collectively develop realistic solutions. Additionally, they will gain valuable experience and skills in leadership, teamwork, interpersonal communication, diplomacy, public speaking, research, and negotiation.

As part of Regent's extended public benefit commitment to widen participation in the Higher Education that we provide, we are very proud to announce that many of the students taking part will be representatives from schools across the local boroughs.

How does the simulation work?

Participants are assigned a UN Member state with each of them assuming the role of a diplomat from that country. They must represent the views and interests of that country, instead of their own personal opinions.

Participants will be assigned a committee, research the committee topics, discover the views, values and positions of their assigned country on the topics, and negotiate with other participants to find realistic solutions.

What are we asking you to do?

With our active support and training services:

  • Find one or two members of staff who would be willing to run a Model UN Team at your school
  • Find a group of between 2-12 student participants between the ages of 14-18
  • Meet with them at least every other week for an hour or two
  • Train them in simulations
  • Assist them with their research
  • You can also attend as an individual.  Please contact Sabrina White at [email protected] to discuss.

What support will be available to you?

Training for staff: A Regent’s staff member will be available for assistance throughout the entire preparation process.

Training for students: A Model UN expert will be available to send to your school upon your request, on at least two occasions to meet with your team and assist them in their preparation

Committee Background Guides: These guides will provide the rules and guidelines for attending a Model UN conference, as well as background information on each of the committee topics. The guides will assist students in conducting their research, writing position papers, participating in simulations and general preparation. Background guides will be available from mid-late March.

General Support: If you have any questions, comments or concerns throughout the entire preparation process, there will be a Regent’s representative to assist you. 

For more information, please contact:
Kate Fanning, [email protected]