factors which make UMUN unique:
1.What makes UMUN standout from other MUNs is first of all our heritage of Mr Dag Hammarskjöld, the legendary second Secretary General of the UN, who grew up in Uppsala and studied at the university. Never has there been an international civil servant loved by so many, and because of his ability to understand and bring people to his cause, he is un-matched in diplomatic success and credibility. His integrity and conduct as an international civil servant, serves as an inspiration to anyone, anywhere and not least for us here in Uppsala.He left a remarkable heritage, setting the tone for profiling Uppsala as "The City of Peace", which undoubtedly has contributed in this small but great city’s production of a number of brave men and women, working to serve mankind.
addition as Scandinavia’s oldest university, we put a lot of emphasis on
tradition and our University’s unique history regarding the student life, where
entertainment and Swedish style ‘flat-organisation’ are core at all levels of
organisation, aspects we more than love to introduce our delegates to.
3.UMUN puts emphasis on paedagigics and information. We have realized that a MUN is only as good as its delegates; they are the core target group for a MUN and the quality of the sessions and any product produced will only live up to the right standards if the delegates are apt and prepared. It is of immense importance to channel the necessary information, in a clear and consistent manner to the delegates, this prior to as well as during the conference.
We’ll provide our participants with a structured delegate portfolio which will guide them in the right direction. We’ll also film mock-sessions that will go through the various stages of committee work and hold webinars, where crucial questions can be answered, this to make sure the delegates have a chance to prepare before even arriving. Upon the arrival, the whole first day of the conference is dedicated to intense training, where the delegates will be split up in to respective committees with their chairs and scenario officers to train and guide them to each aspect of the simulation, with an emphasis on procedure and resolution writing. Team building will also see its fair share during this day of preparation, this in order to make the committee members comfortable with each other so they will have the courage to take the floor. Elements of conduct will also be included and tone down the competitive nature which many MUNs suffer from and to stir the delegate’s mentality towards consensus building, which is how the UN actually functions. The training day ends with a grand opening ceremony, with famous inspirational speakers and a panel of expert, in order to get everyone in the mood for the following days of negotiations.
4.Unlike most other MUNs, UMUN does not use the Harvard Modell which is inaccurate and diverge a lot with actual UN procedures and conduct. UMUN aims to project real procedures of the committees simulated, as close as is possible. This by studying each committee selected for the simulation and then keep as many of the real elements from procedure to language. We wish to brand ourselves as an “authentic”, “academic” simulation and the scenarios only allow covering actual contemporary procedures within the UN system and its working agenda, as well as only actual world events. The word roleplay is not used. UMUN, its sessions and as a conference in whole should be referred to as an academic simulation of the UN and other world bodies. In order for UMUN to achieve authenticity the scenarios of the simulations need to cover relevant and contemporary issues, procedures and world events. The committees of the scenario can only display real working groups, organs, conventions and conferences. That we simulate the EU and the negotiations towards “a common foreign policy at the UN”, is another remark wort making. Holistic solutions and to present issues in their wider perspectives is another trade mark of UMUN. The committees in all UMUN simulations, is tasked to have the same theme and be in relation to each other’s various conventions and events. Over the years, UMUN has managed to keep a tradition of having each committee doing just so, a tradition we strictly follow.
5.Lastly, where many others basically fly in their chairs the first day of the event, ours are there from the beginning, working closely with the scenario officer of each committee, learning and developing everything from background to procedure. It is our conviction that by this method, along with the delegate training and expert panels, our sessions can become among the most accurate and authentic MUNs in the world. Do not shun away from this high level of ambition, it is there to allow the participants to grow and actually learn something, if you never done a MUN before, UMUN is the best one to start with, if you have been to numerous MUNs before, this is the one which will look like no one else.Uppsala Model United Nations ( UMUN ) 2016 - Apply today! / MunPlanet