Haarlem Model United Nations is a non-profit organisation run by students of the Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem. For over twenty years, we have organised a conference that is attended by about 600 students from all over the world.
“Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.” – Wikipedia
During an MUN conference, students will roleplay delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. The participants will be assigned countries, or occasionally a non-governmental organisation /other political entity, to represent in various committees, councils and assemblies, similar to the ones of the real United Nations. The delegates are responsible for taking on the views of the country or organisation they are representing, and it is up to them to make sure they keep that policy.
Delegates will solve the issues on the agenda by lobbying, followed by making resolutions. Once a resolution has been submitted, it will be debated by the committee and can be amended. This can be done by the delegates, who send in amendments to add, change or strike clauses. The amendments will then in turn be debated, and will be voted upon afterwards. Once the debating time for the resolution has elapsed, the committee will vote on the resolution as a whole.
No ‘real’ actions will be taken as a result of the produced resolutions. However, an MUN conference can serve as a great learning opportunity and an MUN-weekend can also be a lot of fun as there is the possibility to become friends with interesting people from all over the world.
About the conference
HMUN is a three-day conference that is attended by about 600 students from all over the world and its twenty-first annual session will take place at the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Haarlem from the 5th to the 7th of April, 2019.
The students organising the conference are known as the Executive Staff. The Executive Staff of HMUN 2019 consists of eighteen students of the Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem, and is composed of twelve different positions. These students are led and instructed by the Secretariat, which is made up of the Secretaries-General and the four Deputies Secretary-General. The Secretariat and the rest of the Staff are directed as well, by five teachers from the Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem, known as the Board of Directors. These teachers are very enthusiastic about Model United Nations, and of great value for MUN in our school.
Furthermore, our Executive Staff is responsible for the guidance of our delegates to other conferences. Together, they help the delegates to get ready for upcoming conferences.
Along with the Executive Staff and the Board of Directors, there are three other notable teams affiliated with HMUN. These teams are the Crisis Team, the Hospitality Team and the Press Team. The Crisis Team organises and creates the Crisis, which will take place in the ad-hoc committees on the last day of HMUN. The Hospitality Team is in charge of making sure the stay of the guests attending our school is as enjoyable as can be. The Press Team commands the HMUN Chronicle and will keep all guests updated about the conference via its social media accounts. Once the conference starts, they will be interviewing delegates, writing articles and taking pictures.
About this year’s theme
Introducing the theme of HMUN 2019
Inclusive societies: Giving all people a voice and future
The theme of Haarlem Model United Nations 2019 is Inclusive societies: Giving all people a voice and future. It focusses mainly on including everyone in a society, where your ethnicity, faith, gender or sexuality do not form any barriers. It means that everyone has an equal right to life, liberty and security of person. An inclusive society endeavours the achievement of shared goals and strives to solve collective issues, which is what every country should pursue.
With globalisation on the rise, there is currently more collaboration between countries than there ever was before. Within countries, however, economic, social and political inequalities remain high or have been on the rise, threatening the foundation of peaceful and inclusive societies, even in the world’s greatest democracies. In order to make everyone feel included, governments and communities should work together to reduce violence and make minorities feel safe. Every country needs effective, local and national institutions that can deliver quality education and healthcare, fair economic policies and inclusive environmental protection.
The consequences of social exclusion are long-lasting. Violence has a destructive impact on countries, not only on the economy and society of today, but also on the generation of the future, leaving children with trauma and, because there is no access to a legitimate law system, causing resentment and animosity. This could once again lead to violence, causing a vicious cycle.
By making this the theme of our conference, we are promoting inclusion and respect towards people of different backgrounds, ethnic origins, religions, gender, sexual orientations or different opinions.
Let’s give all people a voice and future.