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 continues 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. 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.
Between Hilltop Madness, an international delegations’ reception, and a meet-and-greet with keynote speakers, NAIMUN 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 build upon the use and integration of technology.
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.