Valencia Model United Nations (VALMUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.
What is VALMUN?
As a MUN Conference, the objective at VALMUN is to create a diplomatic platform for students from different schools and countries simulating that of the real United Nations. Students will become experts in global issues, cooperative negotiation and problem solving.
Being a part of VALMUN teaches students to:
- Debate issues concerning the world today
- Gain confidence in public speaking
- Meet many students from all over the world
- Work in the field of diplomacy
In addition, students have the opportunity to work with other students from a variety of American and international schools from different cities and countries.
Philosophy and Rules
Students will role-play as delegates representing a country or NGO in a specific committee of the United Nations. They will have to research their country, investigate international issues, lobby, debate and elaborate solutions to global problems.
The delegates that are considered to be most contributing are given awards, but ValMUN emphasizes on the importance of collaboration rather than competition, for one of its aims is to promote the idea of peaceful problem solving. Throughout the conference, delegates will make use of critical thinking and communication skills, such as public speaking, research, listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, problem analysis and technical writing.