Model United Nations (PAMUN)
LFA Model United Nations (LFAMUN) is a passionate club that meets every Wednesday from 17.20 till 18.10. We participate in joint debates organized with students from Notre Dame du Grandchamp, Section International La Celle-St-Cloud and more, as well as taking part in the annual MUN Conferences held in Berlin, Zürich and Lyon. But what exactly is MUN?
MUN (Model United Nations) is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and its Committees, which catapults students into the world of diplomacy and negotiation. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of UN member states, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe to debate current issues. The students, known as delegates in Model UN, prepare positions and speeches, prepare strategies, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, debate and seek to resolve conflicts, while navigating the complex UN “rules of procedure” – all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve the problems addressed.
The benefits of this learning experience are tremendous: students are encouraged to develop skills that will be useful throughout their lives – researching and analyzing, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, cooperation and compromise, leadership, etc.
Conferences are open to all and offer students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understand the issues debated as well as the complex processes in an international body such as the United Nations. It is also an educational experience, in which students are invited to develop two important human skills: listening for comprehension and not for controversy, and keeping an open mind. We also hope that they may link up with other students from around the world and share their perspectives.
Our hope is that students participating in MUN will experience the thrill of debating and the joy of finding solutions, while experiencing firsthand the power and the limitations of a multilateral organization like the United Nations, and that they will come away with a better grasp of its purpose and potential both today and in the future.
This year, MUN participants from LFA take part in conferences such as INDMUN in St Germain en Laye, in ILYMUN in Lyon, in IMZMUN in Zürich and Bermun in Berlin.