North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference
The North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) is one of the oldest UN simulations for high school students in North America and the world. Since 1963, the conference has been a forum in which a dynamic range of young students comes from around the world to seek, through discussion, negotiation and debate, solutions to the various problems of the world. The 3,000+ participants convene for four days, simulating their role as delegates to the United Nations from a particular nation and serving as representatives of that country's policies.
Substantively, NAIMUN LI will continue to provide rigorous and innovative simulations. Going beyond traditional assemblies and cabinets, a large number of nontraditional forums, corporate boards, and domestic bodies push the boundaries of MUN and will challenge delegates to confront the changing nature of international politics today. At the same time, NAIMUN LI will counter the growing tendency in the high school circuit towards ruthless competitiveness, and reaffirm the core educational values of Model UN. Through improved instructional materials, a reformed awards policy and stronger chair training. Individualized school outreach and support will promote diversity of opinion and ensure that all delegates feel welcome at NAIMUN and in Washington, whether they come from Silver Spring, San Francisco, or Shanghai.
Whether it be a delegate performance at Hilltop Madness, an international delegations’ reception, or a meet-and-greet with keynote speakers, NAIMUN LI is exploring options to enhance the out-of-committee experience and make it more interactive. The conference hopes to continue initiatives introduced during our 50th anniversary (such as the smartphone application), and continue to build upon the use and integration of technology. One area where delegates will have more say is philanthropy: will charitable contributions go towards four or five NAIMUN LI libraries constructed around the world, girls education, book publishing, school construction, or reading and writing instruction?
The fifty-first session of the North American Invitational Model United Nations will be held this February 13- 16, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Please find out more about the conference by visiting our website.
Ultimately NAIMUN belongs not only to the conference executives and GIRA, but also to the 3,300+ General Staffers, Moderators and Delegates who continue to make it great. In that spirit of collective ownership, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.