Who We Are
Currently in its 44th year, the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference has established itself as the premier conference on the high school Model UN circuit. The largest high school conference in the world, NHSMUN 2018's two sessions will host 5000 participants from more than 75 countries and nearly 250 schools. NHSMUN is known for its diverse, prestigious attendees, world-class staff, proven substantive excellence, and accurate, engaging committee simulations. Held at the United Nations Headquarters and the New York Hilton Midtown, NHSMUN exposes students to high-profile, relevant United Nations figures, including a visit to the ambassadors or representatives of the Permanent Mission of the countries they are representing. During recent conferences, NHSMUN has welcomed a wide variety of interesting figures, ranging from UN, government, and military experts like US-UN Ambassador Samantha Power and Ret. General David Petraeus to UN humanitarian programme directors or celebrity advocates like President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, Mandy Patinkin, and Demi Lovato. We take pride in the high level of debate in our committees, which provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations firsthand. Students attend opening or closing ceremonies in the UN General Assembly chamber, where actual diplomats convene every year.
Simulations such as NHSMUN are invaluable educational tools, as they teach our future leaders about the United Nations and the international community through intensively researched debate with their peers in a setting moderated by students from the most elite universities. In their committees, students are exposed to talented and inspiring speakers that come from many different relevant organizations and backgrounds -- in recent years, Ambassador Joseph Melrose, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Founder of Peace One Day Jeremy Gilley, Regional Director of Amnesty International Joshua Rubenstein, Counsellor for the World Bank Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Director of Pennies for Peace Christiane Leitinger, Professor Gregory H. Stanton of Genocide Watch and George Mason University, and professionals from Kiva, to name a few. These speakers' insights leave an indelible mark on our eager-to-learn students.
The goal of NHSMUN is to provide a professional and engaging conference, creating an atmosphere most conducive to learning. By utilizing engaging educational tools and resources in and out of our committee sessions, NHSMUN is committed to IMUNA’s mission of “education through simulation.” NHSMUN strives to enhance delegates’ learning experiences in an impactful and enjoyable way through its conference programming. Aside from top-quality United Nations body simulations, as part of its focus on the experiential learning experience, NHSMUN offers additional educational programming to expand the delegate and faculty experience, ranging from informational college and organizational presentations to engaging guest speakers, mission visits, and skill-building workshops.
Our location in New York City, surrounded by offices of Permanent Missions to the United Nations as well as the United Nations Headquarters itself, provides the perfect backdrop for a robust international affairs experience and a broadening of global issues awareness. NHSMUN presents an opportunity for students to discover their future as true global citizens. Our guest speaker program will allow delegates to understand how the contemporary global issues discussed in their committees apply to real people and situations across the world. Our Committee Directors strive to connect delegate debate and solutions to real-world events and communities through a variety of multimedia and educational tools.
Many students who participate in Model UN simulations have an educational background and academic tools that exceed those of their young peers around the world. Thus, in addition to learning about solving global issues, NHSMUN challenges its delegates to experience the power of generosity and service in addressing task of resolving problems by participating in service learning project fundraising prior to and during the conference—uniting behind specific issues and organizations that are directly related to topics discussed in committee. These extensive programming options allow our delegates to truly engage in their role as model diplomats and global citizens.