YMUN brings together more than 1,600 delegates from over 40 countries, connecting youth from around the world with Yale, New Haven, and each other.
WHAT IS YMUN?
Yale Model United Nations is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually on Yale University’s campus in New Haven. At YMUN, delegates from all over the world interact with one another through debate and diplomacy to solve complex challenges facing the world today. Students take on the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets, and learn about the workings of international politics and problem solving. By engaging in topics concerning security, economic development, and social progress, delegates learn to navigate the complexities of international negotiation and teamwork, adopt new perspectives and develop comprehensive resolutions to pressing global issues.
Building upon forty-three years of experience, YMUN XLIV strives to provide every delegate with a dynamic and enriching opportunity. Through our revamped procedure, unique and novel committees, emphasis on learning and Chair training, YMUN strives to reaffirm our commitment to education and leadership. It is this passion and care that make YMUN one of the premier conferences in the world.
Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow
YMUN aims to empower students from high schools around the globe through deep and active engagement with complex global issues. At YMUN, delegates develop skills in diplomacy, cooperation, and critical thinking that motivate lifelong global citizenship. Delegates leave YMUN with the knowledge that they can make an impact and affect positive change in the world.
WHY choose YMUN?
+ "Learn Today"
Education is at the heart of YMUN. With our comprehensive chair recruitment and training procedure and preparation over the course of 10 months, we strive to create a fun, educational, dynamic committee experience for all delegates regardless of skill level. Our chairs are Yale students chosen based on their commitment to learning and their passion for the topics of each committee: each chair is a dedicated educator and expert ready to be proactive with delegates.
In committee, YMUN uses YMUN Procedure, which we believe brings together the best of UNA-USA (American) style MUN, and THIMUN (international) style MUN. The new style emphasizes in-committee debate and builds critical thinking skills. Supplementing our existing new delegate committee and in-conference training, YMUN XLIV will see the debut of a comprehensive, pre-conference online delegate education program. YMUN will also premier an awards system without delegation awards that rewards collaboration and content creation, as opposed to product and competitiveness. In this manner, we hope to return MUN to its original spirit: diplomacy, collaboration and solving world issues.
+ "Lead Tomorrow"
Through our diligence and commitment to learning, we hope delegates leave our conference with a greater awareness of issues that dominate our world, equipped with the tools and motivation to make a difference. We believe the stimulating debates of committees should be followed by reflection on how discussion translates to action in alleviating global problems. Through our keynote speaker, non-profit organization and the passion of our team, we strive to integrate impact, responsibility and action into our conference events.
+ Engagement With Yale
Unlike many other conferences, YMUN is hosted on Yale’s beautiful campus and allows delegates and advisors to experience what our university has to offer. At YMUN, delegates will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more than 200 Yale University undergraduates in and out of committee session. Through our events and activities, delegates will engage with Yale students and professors not only to learn about international relations, but also gain insight into college life and beyond. Of course, a four-day conference is not complete without an exciting entertainment program as well!