Model United Nations Heilbronn, or MUNHN for short, is a political simulation for students of 14 years and older and young university students, in which the participants simulate a conference of the United Nations (UN).
The conference takes place once a year in Heilbronn. In addition, the Verein für politische Jugendbildung e.V. is active throughout Germany with various projects.
Within the project, the participants simulate the delegation of a member state of the United Nations and take on the role of delegates in order to represent the interests of the state as authentically as possible. Or they try to influence decision-making processes as representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Human Rights Watch.
The delegates of a delegation then sit for their country in the simulated committees. (GA, HRC, SC). Each delegation from a country sends one delegate to each committee in which it is represented. There, the delegates are debating current issues with the aim of adopting a UN resolution on the issue discussed in the committee.
The 200 participants from all over the world experience a conference in these roles, just as it takes place in New York: the framework for the debates is laid down in the rules of procedure and the charter and the customs (diplomatic code) of the United Nations are valid.
This conference is a project by students made for students, and that's what makes it so special.
The motto of the MUNHN 2021 conference this year is:
Crises, protection and opportunities.
MUNHN pursues the goal of further training outside of class, without any boring class atmosphere! In line with the principle of learning by doing, you get a first-hand, practical insight into international politics.
During the three days of the simulation, participants are given the opportunity to experience and help shape global politics. The complexity of international politics is reduced and made accessible to teenagers and young adults. In addition, skills and competences will be learned during the conference, which are not only important in everyday school or university life, but also far beyond. Effective and orderly discussion and debate, explaining your own positions and negotiating compromises. The experience that you sometimes represent opinions and interests that do not necessarily match your personal one, also promotes your open-mindedness towards other cultures, opinions and ways of thinking.
There will of course also be plenty of opportunities to make new friends at the conference, as participants will meet youth and young adults with similar interests. Thanks to a well-balanced side programme, there will be enough time for exciting conversations in the evening. Outside of the role at the conference, MUNHN also offers the opportunity to discuss and exchange with like-minded people about global issues on human rights, peace, security and climate protection.
The participants should learn not to simply accept current problems worldwide, but to actively and committedly contribute to their solution. At MUNHN, teenagers and young adults learn important skills in a playful way in order to shape the future in a cosmopolitan, human and reflective manner. MUNHN's aim is to make the participating teenagers and young adults part of the democratic process.
MUNHN gives participants the chance to debate for themselves as if they were at the United Nations in New York and to get to know the processes of international politics in an authentic way.
The conference will officially open with the opening event. In addition to the solemn speech by the Secretary General, the committees, represented countries and NGOs are introduced. Furthermore, the delegates / NGO representatives are given an introduction to the Diplomatic Code and the rules of procedure.
In the formal sessions, the delegates debate the agenda items in their committees, prepare resolutions and pass them. The formal sessions are moderated by the Chair and follow a well-defined procedure.
Friday will be rounded off by the speakers evening. The program features exciting discussions with "real" diplomats and experts.
If possible, we will arrange a Diplomats' Ball or a final evening adapted to the situation.