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Middle School United Nations

What is MSUN?

Middle School United Nations (MSUN) is a program for students in grades 6 - 8 to learn about global issues. Students assume the roles of diplomatic representatives to the United Nations as they consider contemporary international concerns. Through this role-playing event, students gain a greater understanding of world problems and the complexity of international relations.

When and where do participants meet?

Students participate in the program through their local delegations. Delegations are formed through YMCAs, schools, churches, or other youth-affiliated programs. Delegations are encouraged to host weekly meetings that typically begin in Mid-January, and are led by an Adult Advisor.

Within these delegations, delegates research, debate and establish policies, treaties and resolutions. Their main focuses are international issues, including disputes between countries, peacekeeping efforts, border crisis, stabilizing financial markets and dealing with hunger, disease and poverty.

When and Where are is the conference?

The MSUN Conference is where the students' hard work pays off. During the two-day, one-night conference (Friday-Saturday), students debate, argue and have fun alongside 300 other students.  

What happens during the conference?

Once at the Conference, students take on the roles of their country’s UN representatives, committee chairs, and presiding officers. They get to put their research and newfound knowledge to work as they perform their roles and explore how the United Nations is run. In this unique experience, they deal with international issues that affect our world. The program is designed to appeal to the interest of anyone wishing to gain a broader world view.

How do I get involved?

Contact the state office, which will put you in touch with a delegation near you.