General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters, New York
22-25 August 2017
MUN YOUTH ASSEMBLY
The MUN Youth Assembly by United Ambassadors is a high-profile annual conference held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where the most prominent MUN leaders from around the world are invited to engage in discussions on how MUN can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, inspire its participants, and ultimately create a better world. It is hosted by United Ambassadors and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations in New York. The conference welcomes all active MUN participants aged 14-30, who may be high school or university students/ graduates attending individually or as a delegation that is collectively representing their MUN conference/ school. The conference is designed for forward-thinking, innovative youth leaders, and it is a valuable educational experience for students who wish to learn first hand how the real United Nations functions, as it will follow UN4MUN Rules of Procedure, in a one of a kind conference held at the heart of the UN Headquarters.
Venue/ Dates: United Nations Headquarters General Assembly Hall & the Sheraton Hotel NYC - August 22-25, 2017.
Conference Description: The MUN Youth Assembly is a real UN-based Assembly, designed to provide a platform for leaders, experts, and achieved veterans in the Global Model UN landscape to discuss real MUN related trending topics and issues of concern from a conference organizer's perspective. The theme of the MUN 2017 Youth Assembly is "The Correlation between Education, Youth Development, Model UN, and Agenda 2030 - Let's Make MUN Change the World."
Rules of Procedure: The conference will provide an accurate portrayal of the UN decision-making process, as it will follow UN4MUN Rules of Procedure.
The Process: The MUN 2017 Youth Assembly will last for 4 days, 2 days in the General Assembly Hall, and 2 days of committee sessions at the Sheraton NYC. Throughout the conference, participants represent their actual MUN organization/ conference/ club. Delegates discuss advanced MUN strategy topics in a real conference setting. They discuss real topics that relate to the advancement fo the Model United Nations Community. The objective of each committee is to produce a resolution with practical recommendations on each topic that follow the same format of a UN resolution. These resolutions are considered valid documents. Participants are encouraged to implement them in following years and their recommendations are seriously considered when setting criteria to select the finalists for the MUN Hall of Fame, a competition launched to recognize the world's most achieved leaders in the field of Model United Nations. This is how Model United Nations students can realistically drive a change to make conferences and educational program participants more actively engaged with the United Nations' goals and values.
Eligibility - Ideal Applicants
The conference welcomes all active MUN participants aged 14-30, who may be high school or university students/ graduates.
*University delegations may be led by a head delegate or faculty adviser.
*High school delegations must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone/ faculty adviser who registers to attend as an observer.
*MUN conference organizers, teachers, MUN advisors or university graduates are more than welcome to attend as delegates/ observers.
Ideal applicants must demonstrate a combination of MUN experience as well as a passion for MUN, which is required to develop a well-informed opinion on the potential and progress of Model UN conferences/ simulations worldwide. Our participants must be able to provide valuable recommendations and produce comprehensive resolutions that serve as a guide and inspiration to MUNers worldwide, as well as shape external viewers' understanding of Model United Nations.
Due to the advanced nature of this conference, prior MUN experience is required. Due to limited seats, acceptance is on a case by case basis.
The conference will last for 4 days from August 22-25 2017.
Day 1: Opening Ceremony, UN GA Hall.
Day 2 and 3: Committee sessions held at the Sheraton NYC, 9 AM to 6 PM.
Day 4: Closing Ceremony, Award Ceremony, MUN Hall of Fame Ceremony. Full day at the UN GA Hall, 10 Am to 6 PM.
Early Registration closes on June 15th, 2017.
Regular Registration closes July 15th, 2017.
Early Registration Fee is $200
Regular Registration Fee is $250
Registered Delegates receive conference material, booklet, lanyard, full access to conference's closed committee sessions at the Sheraton NYC, the ability to contribute to the discussions and final resolutions, reduced registration fee to the UN4MUN Workshop in NYC, discounted accommodation at the Sheraton NYC, and access to the opening and closing ceremonies in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. See here.
Accommodation in New York
All Staff and Delegates will stay at the Sheraton NYC, a 5-star hotel in New York, where the committee sessions will be held. Discounted accommodation packages are available exclusively to our Delegates that start from $400 per person for all 4 nights of the conference duration in a quadruple room. See here.
The MUN Hall of Fame
This is a global competition available to any MUN participant who has an achievement or project they believe are worthy of recognition, or that thy would like to share with the global MUN community. Finalists of this competition are published on United Ambassadors website and social media. The top 5 winners of this competition are awarded in the UN GA Hall during the closing ceremony of the MUN Youth Assembly on August 25th, 2017. Finalists are selected if their achievements fall in line with the recommendations made in previous MUN Youth Assembly resolutions. See here.
Topics and Committees
The conference theme is "The Correlation between Education, Youth Development, Model UN, and Agenda 2030 - Let's Make MUN Change the World".
The Conference will discuss various critical and trending topics that relate to the evolving Model UN Community worldwide across 6 Committees. Rules of Procedure during committee sessions will closely mirror the actual decision-making process of the real United Nations.
An exclusive social package is offered to the delegates of the MUN Youth Assembly, that includes a UN Tour on August 22nd, a night gala private social event at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on August 25th, 2017.
UN4MUN Workshop NYC
A 3 day UN4MUN Workshop will be provided from August 28-30 at the Sheraton NYC. Delegates of the MUN Youth Assembly receive a $100 discount on the registration fee of this workshop. See more here.
The MUN Youth Assembly will provide Awards to delegates who best contributed to the discussions, recommendations and final outcome of the conference. Awards include Best Small and Large Delegations, Honorable Mention, & the Diplomacy Award.
About the MUN Youth Assembly, UN HQ NYC: This is an original program by United Ambassadors that aims to provide a platform for talented, aspiring MUN leaders to express their views on the changing MUN landscape and how MUN can have an impact on the world. Through the MUN Youth Assembly and the MUN Hall of Fame, we strive to encourage MUNers worldwide to actively work with the United Nations in advocating for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Global Development. We also strive to encourage the spread of valuable new initiatives in the field, like Multilingual MUN, and UN4MUN, the MUN platform developed by the United Nations that UA-MUNC follows.
Previous Conference: The MUN 2016 Assembly was an original production by United Ambassadors and the first of its kind worldwide. It came 2 weeks before the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and culminated in the launch of a resolution that encourages young MUN leaders around the world to drive a positive change in their Model UN circuit. It was supported and encouraged by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, The President of the General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, the United Nations Department of Public Information, the SDG Action Campaign and the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth.
Early Registration Deadline: June 15th, 2017
Regular Registration Deadline: July 15th, 2017
(Note: Previous Model UN experience is required. Seats are limited. Early registration is advised)