The Model United Nations is a series of programs run throughout the country and the world with the goals of furthering understanding about the United Nations, educating participants about world issues, and promoting peace and the work of the United Nations through cooperation and diplomacy.
Students gather in groups of 15 to over 1,000 to simulate member states representation in the bodies of the United Nations. Smaller simulations usually are of the Security Council and last several hours. Larger groups are held in convention centers, simulate many bodies of the UN concurrently and last several days. More than 160 Model UN conferences are held globally involving approximately 100,000 students each year.
"Simulations at large conferences usually include several of the six committees of the General Assembly. These committees each have a different topic they specialize in for debates. Conferences may also simulate councils other than the Security Council, such as the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC). They might also simulate any number of special committees the General Assembly has mandated in the past years including the Economic & Finance Committee (ECOFIN) or the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA). Conferences sometimes simulate the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or a historical Security Council body reconstructing an especially turbulent year of history." (Excerpt from the American Model United Nations website)
SAC Students participate in the Model UN conference at Harvard each year, as well as a smaller conference in Toronto. Last year, students represented the nation of Nepal, debating topics ranging from international development, repatriation of the NPT, and the internal issues of Nepal. Students must be a member of the Model UN Club to attend.