The first Milan International Model United Nations (MILMUN) conference was held in 2006. With its ninth edition in 2014, it is Italy’s longest lasting and most successful annual, university level simulation of international organizations! It is organized entirely by students with years of experience in the MUN arena. In 2009 the MILMUN Association was founded to ensure the organizations continuity.
To provide political education, intercultural exchange and career guidance to the youth with a global perspective.
The MILMUN Association is a non-profit organisation that aims to become a leading organiser of academic simulations of the United Nations and European Union as well as training courses and lectures.
What is a Model United Nations?
A Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims at educating participants about civil society, effective communication, globalization, intercultural tolerance and multilateral diplomacy. In Model UN, young academics take on roles as diplomats and represent a State different from their own nationality in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO). Participants research their “new” home country, investigate key global issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and finally develop solutions to world problems in committees such as the Security Council, Human Rights Council or Economic and Social Council. MUN is a great forum for young people from all over the world to come together in order to build bridges, promote cultural understanding and have their opinions heard.
The MILMUN annual conference
MILMUN’s main activity is a one-week and in-depth academic simulation of the United Nations, the European Union as well as an investigative News Agency that publishes a daily conference newspaper.
In order to create a simulation that is as realistic as possible, several Guest Speakers provide each committee with first-hand and topic-related information and experience to aide participants to find the best possible solutions to the issues at hand. A Key Lecture on selected United Nations Millennium Development Goals brings together further high-level Speakers to increase the academic value for the participants.
From 2006 to 2014 the MILMUN conferences have brought more than 800 young academics with more than 60 different nationalities from all five continents and representing over 70 universities to Milan, Italy. Their main fields of study were just as diverse, ranging from Economics, International Relations and Law to History, Medicine and Mathematics.