What is Model United Nations?

Model United Nations is an international organization that affords students the opportunity to simulate the work of the United Nations by representing countries, debating issues, and negotiating solutions to the most pressing problems facing the world.  Model UN has surpassed traditional debate as a co-curricular activity in high school and college.

Model UN Conferences expose students to situations that they will encounter in the real world:  meeting new people, communicating a strategy and a position, managing and negotiating compromise, building a network of personal relationships, thinking critically in a fast-paced environment, and solving problems with innovative solutions.  Students compete in conferences locally, nationally, and internationally both at the high school and collegiate levels.

Diane Haleas and the Saint Ignatius Model UN team at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China
The SIMUN team wins Best Delegation at Columbia University in New York City
The SIMUN team sweeps awards at the University of Notre Dame Model UN Conference
The Saint Ignatius Model UN Team celebrates after hosting over 900 high school delegates at their 20th annual SIMUN conference on November 6th, 2021.

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The SIMUN Team celebrates its victory as “Best Large Delegation” at the Carl Sandburg Conference, October 2021