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.
Here are the top 14 reasons to register as a Delegate for the MUN Youth Assembly at the UN HQ in New York!
1- Re-defining "Real".
The MUN Youth Assembly at the UN is a unique, pioneering event in the world of Model UN. It is a real Assembly, where Delegates serve as real Ambassadors representing their actual Model UN conferences/ societies, discussing topics and producing resolutions that can be implemented in real life by other MUN youth leaders and celebrated through United Ambassadors MUN all of Fame. The conference negotiation/ decision-making process accurately mirrors the real United Nations, and the Plenaries are held in the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters.
2- The General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters, New York.
Walk into one of the most famous halls at the United Nations Headquarters, where world leaders convene every year. With its historic and political significance, the newly renovated United Nations General Assembly Hall has a captivating presence that must be experienced in person. The Delegates of the MUN 2017 Youth Assembly will be spending two days in the UN GA Hall for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies/ Plenaries.
3- UN4MUN Rules of Procedure - Accurate Portrayal of the UN.
The MUN Youth Assembly will be following accurate UN4MUN Rules of Procedure, making it an accurate portrayal of the decision-making process of the real United Nations in the Model UN world. Delegates have the opportunity to learn how decisions at the real UN are made, in a conference setting where the entity they represent, the discussions they engage in, and the resolutions they adopt, are real. As a result, the conference is also a valuable educational experience.
4- Critical Theme and Engaging Topics.
The academic 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". The conference will host 6 committees that discuss critical, engaging, multifaceted issues that link between the United Nations Goals and the field of Model UN Education.
5- Opportunity to Deliver a Speech from UN GA Podium.
Last year, the MUN Youth Assembly had a record-breaking number of speeches delivered from a UN podium at a MUN related event. This year, select Delegates and GA Officials will have the opportunity to deliver speeches from the podium of the General Assembly during both the Opening and Closing Plenary Sessions, by direct invitation from the conference organizers for specific delegates.
6- The GA Official Elections - Delegates can Lead, Chair and become President of the Youth Assembly.
Delegates who register before July 15th will have the opportunity to apply for General Assembly Officials elections. The results of the voting by other conference delegates could offer nominees a chance to become: President of the General Assembly (work side by side with the Secretary-General), or committee chairs, actively moderating formal, meetings and facilitating informal meetings in individual committee sessions.
7- UN Officials and Keynote Speakers.
United Ambassadors is proud to hold a strong record of notable UN speakers at its various programs and events. The last MUN Youth Assembly at the UN HQ hosted the Director of Outreach of the UN DPI, Mr. Maher Nasser, the UN Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykkettoft, received a message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, as well as hosted speakers from the United Nations Academic Impact initiative, the SDG Action Campaign, among others. UA-MUNC 2017 at the UN in Geneva hosted various speakers including H.E Ambassador Alzaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN in Geneva, Ms. Ms. Vicky Tennant, Special Assistant to the High Commissioner, UNHCR, Ms. Ms. Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Founder of Women at the Table and International Gender Champions, and Mr. Amandeep Gill, Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament. We look forward to welcoming more VIP guests, UN Diplomats and UN Officials at the MUN 2017 Youth Assembly.
9- Rewarding, Challenging Committee Sessions.
The nature of the conference strongly encourages cooperation, as opposed to antagonistic/ confrontational debate or competition. Leave no man behind. This is very much the culture of the MUN Youth Assembly and in that sense, the culture of negotiations that take place in the real world of diplomacy, at the UN. But, don't underestimate the consensus challenge. Even though the conference does not encourage non-productive competitive debate, it does encourage consensus, which is much more challenging to reach. Consensus implies that all delegates actively participated in resolution drafting and do not have major reservations on the content of the adopted text, allowing the final resolution to be adopted without a vote. Succeeding at this challenge demands a more advanced set of skills that are also more in line with the drivers of professional success in the real world. In addition, committee sessions will allow multiple delegates to stand in the spotlight during an exercise called "Media Stakeouts". This is an opportunity for Delegates to address the conference media team on the progress of discussions in their committee. All reiterating the value of this conference as an educational experience.
8- New York, New York!
Referred to by many as the "City of Dreams", New York City is an attractive touristic destination to visitors from around the world. It is most famous for its skyline, museums, culture, its historic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, and most importantly, the diversity of its resident population. That all of course, aside from it being the home of the UN Headquarters.
10- UN4MUN Training & Connected UN4MUN Workshop.
The conference will follow UN4MUN Procedure, and will therefore practically introduce participants to how an accurate Model of the UN should be conducted. In addition, there a joint UN4MUN training workshop by the United Nations and United Ambassadors will be offered at the Sheraton in New York from 28-30 August 2017, that can prepare participants for the organization of, or advanced participation in UN4MUN conferences.
The workshop will be offered at a reduced rate to the Delegates of the Assembly.
11- Conference Awards.
Delegates have the opportunity to win one of many prestigious conference awards, including best small delegation, best large delegation, honorable mention, and the coveted Diplomacy Award. Award winners are celebrated in person at the heart of the United Nations Headquarters in the General Assembly Hall.
The closing ceremony of the Assembly will also be the time to celebrate the winners of the MUN Hall of Fame.
12- Intercultural dialogue and international friendships.
The MUN-YA combines intense, full day committee sessions with an attractive social program, and various opportunities for fellow like-minded delegates coming from all corners of the world, who share an interest in global issues and a passion for the United Nations to closely interact and get to know each other on a daily basis. The conference venue, nature of the simulation, as well as the incredible diversity of staff and delegates, create a unique environment that encourages idea sharing, and the development of rapport and mutual understanding between young leaders from all around the world, who may have different backgrounds or perspectives. This is one of the core values of United Ambassadors, that made us believe in the value of Model United Nations, to begin with
13- Recognizable Certification
United Ambassadors will offer a certification to participants of the MUN Youth Assembly after the conference, to indicate that they have successfully completed one the world's pioneering MUN conferences that accurately followed UN4MUN Procedure, and contributed to the development of recommendations for the global MUN community. United Ambassadors teaches UN4MUN with the UN Department of Public Information (that developed and owns the platform) and the recommendations may be used as a reference in years United Ambassadors MUN Hall of Fame competition criteria.
As a result, this is a valuable certification.
14- Be the first in the world.
The qualities that make up the MUN Youth Assembly at the UN by United Ambassadors culminate into one critical conclusion. It is your opportunity to be the first in the world, to attend a real MUN Youth Assembly, at the real UN HQ, following an accurate set of RoP's simulating the real UN, under the theme "Let's Make MUN Change the World."