What is the Spain Youth Model United Nations?

It is a simulation where the main committees of the UN are represented. In this first edition, seven committees will be simulated: the UN Security Council, the Human Rights Council, UN Women, Economic and Social Council, UNESCO, UNHCR and the UN Environmental Program.

Every committee will debate a topic related with the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, in UN Women will debate the promotion of gender equality in public institutions.

Which is the task of the students?

Each participant (or couple if they are in a double delegation) will represent a member State of the committee in particular where they will debate. They will have to defend the real diplomatic position of their country during all the negotiations while they try to get to a common solution with the rest of the countries of the committee.

How does the debate work?

The debate can have two different modes that are alternated during all the negotiations:

  • Moderated Cacus: it is a debate moderated by the Charis, where each State can express their opinions and ideas in a ordened way.
  • Unmoderated Cacus: it is the simulation of the lobbying. All delegate can exchange their opinions and negotiate informally.

What is the purpose of the negotiations?

Just like every session period of the UN, the delegates will have to advance in the solutions of the topic. The conclusions of the negotiation will be expressed in a “resolution”, a text in legal form that the delegates leaders of the committee will elaborate.

When and where will SYMUN take place?

8-10 of November. For a more detailed schedule check http://symun.anudi.org/en/schedule/
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

What will the participants learn from SYMUN?

SYMUN allows the development of different skills key for the future of the students:

  • Public speaking: through their interventions in the debate.
  • Leadership: only those students who can be leaders in the committee will be able to push their proposal of resolution and pass it.
  • Negotiation: the most successful delegates are the ones capable of dialogue with the rest of them while defending their country’s interest.
  • Problem solving: the objective of the committee is to give a solution to the given problem trough the mechanisms of the UN.
  • International Relations and SDG knowledge: all the topics are related with one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The students must learn both about the topic of their committee and about the position on it of the country that they are representing.
  • International ambience: throughout all the conference thanks to the use of English, the debate about international topics, the presence of students from different countries and the social event “Global Village”.