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QA Doha Mentors New MUN Club

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Qatar Academy Doha has started a unique initiative! To mentor an MUN club in different country, bring them to Doha, and have the club participate in THIMUN Qatar. This past October, members of the QAMUN club traveled to Addis Ababa to host a series of MUN workshops and to lay the groundwork for the the clubs Doha visit.

QAMUN will share updates and a longer story of how they worked with the Lebawi MUN club and highlights of their clubs first international MUN conference debut. In the meantime, here is a short video shot by QAMUN!

Congratulations to the two MUN clubs for undertaking this amazing initiative.

Aware Youth for a Healthier Future

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By Jaideep Singh, THIMUN Qatar Executive Team member







The UN, with a vision to achieve a more sustainable future and a better world by the year 2030, has established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). Out of these, I personally believe that SDG 3- Good Health and Well Being- is the key to the success of all the other goals in the true sense. And for this goal to be successful, the involvement of the youth is imperative. With this prospect in mind, the THIMUN Qatar Executive Team has begun an initiative to educate the youth of Qatar about the SDGs, and one of the initial glances of which was the workshop at the Qatar National Library on the 14th Of November, led by myself alongside the Deputy President of the General Assembly for TQ 2019, Tianne Pane, advocating for SDG 3 in the State of Qatar.

The workshop was intended to help the youth of Qatar understand the relevance of SDG 3 in the region, and the various forms in which it needs to be achieved. There was an initial discussion on the global prospect of the goal, followed by a discussion specific to Qatar, with the core issue of the SDG being the large numbers of deaths caused due to road accidents. Some of the minor issues discussed included obesity, Vitamin D deficiency, poor mental health etc. Participants actively participated during the course of the workshop, particularly in the segment of the case studies of Aspire Academy(A school in the region with facilities to support student athletes and exercise for Qatari youth) and the diabetes camp led by Y.H.Naomi (an Indian student in Qatar). Such a wholesome perspective on the SDG, followed by discussion on indicators, trackers and finally the use of the MUN Impact Tool intended to help participants plan on how to go about and initiate service projects based on SDG 3 in their own communities and schools.

The workshop culminated with an activity involving the use of the Planning tool by all participants to draft their own service project, followed by a discussion at the end on the ideas each participant had thought of. Some great ideas came through, ranging from measures to target substance abuse, to ways by which road accident and subsequent deaths may be tackled.

The session was truly a memorable one, and I feel honoured to have had the privilege of leading it alongside Tianne. Such initiatives are greatly effective in ensuring better youth involvement for a more sustainable future, and other schools, communities and student leaders should also be a part of such events, in order to truly bring out what the youth of today has to offer toward building a sustainable Earth.



CHEMUN rocks their SDG Outreach

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CHEMUN is a THIMUN-affiliated conference run each year in Chennai, India. They have embraced the SDGs and MUN Impact with gusto! They share some great observations about MUN Impact, the SDGs, and adding more action and activism to their annual conference.

Why did your MUN club choose this particular SDG to focus on? Was it hard to convince people to get on board with a plan like this? Easy? Why?

We chose to focus on SDG 1 because of its omnipresence throughout Indian society. The amount of exposure to the global issue of poverty which we have in India has definitely played role in our approach to tackling this issue. Because of the nature of the Indian environment, others also had a clear picture of the issue in their minds, which helped us further promote awareness of the issue and its adverse effects. Therefore, it wasn’t too difficult to get others on board with our idea because their prior knowledge of the issue motivated them to contribute in any way they saw possible.

How did you embed this SDG action into your MUN club and/or conference?

In preparing for the MUN Impact Zone at our school's MUN conference (CHEMUN), we decided to build a hut similar to those that many poor families in Chennai live in. Our aim of recreating a real hut was to allow delegates and advisors participating in our CHEMUN conference to experience the lifestyle of impoverished communities in India in order to raise their awareness and further their understanding of the issue.

With the help of local builders as well as some of our school's students, we successfully built our hut with wooden poles, natural fiber ropes, and dried woven coconut tree fronds. Within the hut, we included the SDG 1 indicators and targets for visitors to learn more about poverty from a global standpoint.

Is this an ongoing action? Something your club will continue in the future or an action that has not been fully completed yet?

While our work with the hut has finished, we are hoping to begin implementing more projects to tackle SDG 1 which will be more sustainable. In the future, we plan on combining SDG 1 and SDG 4 to create a project which tackles the need for quality education and how it consequently tackles the issue of poverty.

What challenges did you face in undertaking this action?

One obstacle that we faced during the construction process of the hut was the language barrier between us and the local builders. As many of us didn’t share a common language with the builders, it was challenging for us to ask questions about a specific technique or to communicate in general. However, the obstacle turned out to be easily surmountable as after everyone learned the basic techniques, with the help of our supervising teacher and some of our students that could speak Tamil, we could easily communicate with and learn from the builders using body language.

Another challenge that we encountered was concerning the maintenance of the hut before the CHEMUN conference. We, in fact, became aware of this challenge when we were building the hut as we were reminded that the location we were building the hut at needed to be available for use before the conference. In other words, we had to store the finished hut in another space and move it back to where we originally planned it to be right before the conference. To overcome this challenge, we decided to build each wall separate from each other so that we could easily deconstruct, store, and reconstruct the hut.

Maintaining the MUN impact zone during the CHEMUN conference was another obstacle the group faced. As only 1 member of the club was able to participate in the maintenance, it was challenging to attract student delegate’s attention towards the purpose of our team and the hut.

What appeared to be highlights of this action? Were you pleasantly surprised at any of the results?

The highlights of our existing projects in the realm of SDG 1 was the visit to the slum. The slum visit was a rather interesting experience due to the discordance between our expectations and what we saw. Obviously, our expectation was that the people living in the slum are poor and are in need some kind of financial aid to survive and thrive in their environments. Though, we found that the community in the slum are not actually living in poverty; this surprised us because when we thought of people living under poverty in India, the slum people appeared to be experiencing the highest level of poverty in Chennai. Another surprising fact was that the people tended to be satisfied with their economic status, so our vision to empower them economically was incongruent with their will to grow.

In terms of PROCESS, what would you recommend to other MUN clubs looking to undertake an action similar to yours? What steps, do you feel, are critically important to include?

In terms of process, it is crucial to at least partially understand the problem before undertaking an action. Ways to understand the problem may be gaining in-field experience rather than merely inferring from statistical figures; though numbers indicate the prevalence of the issue, understanding the problem itself requires an approach that will keep you personally engaged to the situation. One thing to keep in mind while identifying the issue is to discuss your stance on the issue: where you, your experience and expertise, will fit in the solving an aspect of the issue.

Think of solutions to SDG problems through the lens of resolution drafting. In the process of drafting a resolution, a delegate would look at sub-issues to the topic and take different approaches in addressing the same issue. For instance, a common solution in a resolution is educating the public of the topic: do the same for your SDG, create awareness of the topic in your school community. Additionally, collecting donations is another common solution. For SDG1, we collected donations of merchandises that we sent to school children and households who do may not afford such toys, books, and household items. Therefore, take a multifaceted approach to your solution.

MUN Impact Zone debuts at SEOMUN

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By Chris Park, Secretary General of SEOMUN XXI


 The 21st Annual Seoul Model United Nations was hosted by the Korea International School from November 9-11, 2018 at the COEX Convention Center with participants from over a dozen countries. The Secretariat invited several clubs from international schools near Seoul that work to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the “MUN Impact Zone.” In the Zone, the student leaders had an opportunity to share their work to contribute to our local communities and join the global dialogue for change. SEOMUN participants had the opportunity to browse through each club booths as they learned the drives of the club leaders in doing what they do. The Secretariat hopes that the participants will return back home and begin taking action to combat the perils of indifference (the conference theme).

We wanted to share the stories of some clubs featured at the Impact Zone.


Well-Fair is a student-led club from Korea International School that work to educate people on women’s health and empower women in our school and the local community. In sharing their passion through aesthetic and powerful posters, they discussed their work with a local organization advocating for women’s rights and health.

Social Justice League

SJL has a clear presence on KIS campus. It’s student leader, Sarah Oh, shares with us that it “is a progressive voice on the KIS campus. Each quarter, we focus on a theme such as women’s rights and body image to develop a deeper awareness of social injustice. Our activities include managing bulletin boards and posters, as well as multimedia projects. One of our major projects from this past year was installing free sanitary items in the women’s bathrooms. We've taken a significant role in leading the annual Human Rights Week as well as attending protests such as the Women’s March and the LGBTQ Festival. SJL's influence is growing rapidly, and we are excited to be the trailblazers of KIS”. They brought their “#ImAFeminist” pin that many participants--delegates, student officers, and advisors--wore proudly throughout the conference.

World Wildlife Fund

WWF is a cub from Seoul Foreign School whose goal is to make people realize the issues outside the urban Seoul metropolitan area. According to their club leader, Henry Kim, “Our club is a wildlife/endangered species preservation program which strives to spread awareness and take initiative to help in this cause around our own community. Through hosting physical volunteer activities, holding campaigns around campus, and researching, our club envisions to encourage our school and the local regions around us to join our movement in conserving wildlife.” One of the student leaders of the club, Ana Park, served as the Deputy Assistant President of SEOMUN International Court of Justice.

The MUN Impact Zone was open during the SEOMUN participant’s lunch and break After the Impact Zone closed, all the clubs leaders had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion. Each of the club representatives introduced themselves and elaborated on how their work has positively impacted their community. It was interesting to see how even with the diverse goals and approaches to action each club had, they all shared a central goal: a hope for a better tomorrow that can only be possible through our individual determination for action. Many of the club leaders mentioned how the listeners were very kind and didn’t hesitate to donate to their cause. Some members also mentioned how other guests from the venue came to listen to the presentations and wished for the MUN Impact Zone to be open for more than one day.


The SEOMUN XXI Secretariat team truly appreciates these student leaders who visited us to share their work with our participants. We are confident that these clubs left a deep impact through showing what is possible when we translate our passion for the various issues debated in MUN to creating a real movement that pushes for change.

SEOMUN XXII will be hosted by the Seoul Foreign School in November 2019.


Present your Impact Project at the UN!

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: United Nations Model UN Youth Summit

Friday, 12 April 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

United Nations Headquarters

Every year, more than 400,000 students worldwide participate in Model United Nations (MUN).

Global MUN has evolved into an agent of change that inspires actions in support of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Model UN Youth Summit, organized by the UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with MUN Impact, will take place on 12 April 2019 in New York.

This one-day event features workshops and plenaries led by student leaders and UN experts, who will share experiences and ideas on how to transform MUN into a force for positive change. You are invited to submit presentations, detailing specific actions that you have taken to advance the SDGs. A select few will have the opportunity to present their outcomes at the event.

The presentation should:

  • Address the problem you were attempting to solve and how you attempted to do that.
  • Explain how this is connected to an SDG.
  • Explain the initiative, how you planned it and what you would do differently if it was not successful.
  • What advice or pointers you would give to others undertaking a similar initiative.
  • Accommodate a maximum of three presenters per project.
  • Presentation should be no longer than 40 minutes to allow time for questions.

Submission procedure and deadlines:

1 December 2018 Students ages 15 to 24 may express an interest in presenting a project.

Project descriptions must be submitted for consideration.

15 December 2018 Student presenters will be selected and notified by email

15 February 2019 Submit student presentation (with visuals) and names of participants*

Please include

o Your name, title

o School or MUN group

o The number of participants and chaperones (one chaperone per ten students, max total number per group is 30).

All submissions and questions should be sent to:

Request for registration in the event does not guarantee participation. Students and delegations will be admitted on a first-come first served basis. The United Nations does not provide invitation letters, awards, monetary compensation or visas.


MUN Bilbao steps up to support SDG 2

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We are happy to share that the Club's second MUN Impact project is being an overwhelming success. Over 200kg of dietary products have already been collected and distributed among the most needed in our city. The campaign consists of a monthly school-wide collection of the basic food products. This way, we aim to collaborate on the achievement of the 2nd SDG, "Zero Hunger".  The youngest students' enthusiasm for the campaign together with the great results gotten, has boosted our motivation. We're even more enthusiastic now!






Lebawi Academy announces Blue Heart Campaign

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**Update** Lebawi Academy will be hosting a poster contest that captures the spirit of Blue Heart. Art submissions will be accepted at Lebawi Academy reception and shared during the Blue Heart Awareness event on November 29th.  Please email Kubur Adera at You can find the event registration form here.

The Lebawi Academy in Addis Ababa is hosting a Blue Heart Campaign event, supported by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on November 29, 2018.

The purpose of this event is to promote, support and raise awareness of the Blue Heart Campaign amongst secondary school students in Ethiopia and to bring to light the issues of trafficking in persons (TiPs) currently happening. Participants will be introduced to the organisations who are actively combating trafficking and to explain the role youth have in helping end it. Lebawi Academy will  share with UNODC and related partners an art exhibition and presentations how the youth view TiPs and how awareness can be raised through art and media.

This event will also be in support of the UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) Initiative under the Doha Declaration which seeks to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and university students. These activities will help educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and encourage of upholding lawfulness among youth to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard.


We interviewed one of the student organizer's, Feven Deneke Mamo, about the importance of this campaign.

Why do you think running a Blue Heart awareness campaign is so important in Ethiopia? Is trafficking a problem in Ethiopia?

Human trafficking is one of the serious problems in Ethiopia. Yet, it is somehow overlooked by the community, institutions and government bodies. The lack of the awareness is the main reason to the worsening of the case. A blue heart campaign is an incredible way to address the problem of awareness and open communication on the matter. The particular fact that it focuses on youth of Ethiopia directs the information to the influential and educated mass, that can help change the circumstances.

What role do young people have in raising awareness about trafficking?

Knowledge is a key. The awareness that youth will develop out of this program will help alert their community and help them work to prevent crime and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary level students. These activities will help educators teach the next generation to better understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law such as human trafficking, and encourage of upholding lawfulness among youth to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard. The more youth involved in the change of mind, the larger community is saved from the lack of knowledge and its effects.

Briefly describe your event and who will be invited? How many people do you hope will attend?

There will be students from several different schools – public, private and international schools at this event, as well as teachers and the UNODC’s representatives. We hope to have over 20 schools involved, Schools which are passionate about human rights, global issues or active in Model United Nations.

Attendance of a teacher and students (5 – 10 students) from each school, who will submit at least 5 art pieces (painting, sculptures, drawings, models etc.) that represent what human trafficking looks like/means to them in Ethiopia.

What is the major goal of the Lebawi Blue Heart campaign?

The goal is to educate and raise awareness amongst youth regarding their rights, justice, drugs and crimes. By promoting and supporting the Blue Heart Campaign amongst youth (secondary school students) in Ethiopia. And Bringing light to the issues of trafficking in persons (TiPs) currently happening, in collaboration with organizations that actively combat in preventing it and the role of the youth in this regard.

How does this campaign tie into your MUN club's work?

The Lebawi MUN club works hard to make impact on youth by raising subjects that are important. The base of leadership is responsibility, which is reflected through striving to know. The campaign doesn’t only inform the club members and our school but further broadens its hands to reach out to a larger community. The helps involve the youth in leadership activities regarding Ethiopia and the world as a whole. The campaign ties perfectly to our mission of being the Addis Ababa HUB for conferences, discussions and discourses that challenge and influence the current day procedures and systems.


This Lebawi Academy campaign is being run and hosted by the school's MUN club. MUN Impact is excited to support their initiative and look forward to sharing their successes with the larger Model UN community.



United Nations MUN Impact Youth Summit, April 12 2019

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United Nations MUN Youth Summit


Friday, 12 April 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
United Nations Headquarters

Model United Nations (MUN) simulations are popular exercises for those interested in learning more about the United Nations (UN). It is estimated that more than 400,000 students worldwide participate every year in MUN at all educational levels – from primary school to university. Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in MUN as students.

While MUN has always involved researching and debating important global issues, the UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) would like to see it become an actual agent of change in communities across the globe. It supports the evolution of MUN into a community that could take real action to support the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a first step, DPI’s Education Outreach Section, in collaboration with MUN Impact, will hold the inaugural United Nations MUN Impact Youth Summit on 12 April in New York. This one-day event will feature workshops and plenaries led by inspiring student leaders and UN experts who will share their experiences and ideas on how to transform MUN into a force for positive change. Whether currently active in MUN or interested in becoming involved, participants will leave with a toolkit of ideas, a network of support and a new action-oriented vision for their MUN clubs or conferences.

Following a substantive discussion on how the UN is working to implement the SDGs around the world, workshop sessions will be held, including among others:

  • Planning for Impact: Concrete ways to bring action and service to your MUN conference
  • UN Connect: Learning how to tap into current UN campaigns and initiatives to connect your MUN program to the UN
  • Delegates supporting Delegates: Inspirational stories of delegates helping delegates to bring MUN to new and underserved communities
  • Real Time/Real Action: Learning how to develop a successful social media campaign that will inspire students to take meaningful action in support of the SDGs

This event will be open to students between the ages of 15 and 24. In advance of the summit, participants will be asked to submit presentations, detailing specific actions that they have taken to advance the SDGs. A select few will have the opportunity to present their outcomes at the event – to inspire youth to engage with the UN and take concrete steps to help achieve the SDGs. A press team led by students will manage social media outreach throughout the day, helping to raise awareness of the SDGs and motivate students to join this worldwide effort.

For questions and to register, please contact




HELA awarded grant for MUN expansion in Afghanistan

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Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan has been awarded a significant grant by the US Embassy in Kabul to expand Model United Nations to university students throughout the country. HELA  had the honor of bringing student, peer to peer driven Model UN to Kabul. Now the team is taking it a step forward. Over the next three years, HELA will be implement MUN in Herat, Mazar, and Nangarhar, and expand its operations in Kabul. Partnering with universities in the country, HELA will develop an MUN university network, culminating in a large national competitive conference. HELA will also continue its Women's Empowerment program, working to develop female leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

HELA began as a high school MUN program, and with the support of delegates and educators around the world, became Afghanistan's first NGO devoted to promoting quality, student-driven, co-ed Model United Nations. MUN Impact is a proud partner in HELA's quest to make MUN available to everyone, everywhere.

For more information, please visit the HELA website:



TASMUN 2018 & The Sustainable Development Goals

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By: Si Yun Ee, Delegate at Taipei American School and MUN Impact Staff Writer


In April 2018, I had the honor of serving as TASMUN’s (Taipei American School Model United Nations) Secretary-General. The ninth annual TASMUN took on a very experiential, bold, and unique approach to Model United Nations (MUN) to say the least.


Unlike the conventional MUN conferences, where committees ranged from the usual few that were similar and topics were repeated from conference to conference; my Secretariat team and I worked hard to place a strong emphasis for the conference, on something we shared as a common passion - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year’s conference theme was MUN Impact. By having MUN Impact as the center of our conference, we hoped not only to shed light on the newly growing MUN Impact community and organization, but also to raise awareness regarding the purpose of a united community, passionate about global issues to solve the global goals (SDGs)  we have set before us. As such, each of our committees were named after a particular sustainable development goal that we found to be relatable to our participants or interesting and approachable to our general audience. Each committee, would therefore focus on topics related to that one goal and specialize in issues of that area.   




In addition, committee topics were inspired and sifted through Sustainable Development Goals targets and indicators, tweaked so that they were not overly complex or broad, but yet fresh and challenging enough for our conference participants. We hoped that by doing so, our participants would not only be more aware of the SDGs and their existence, but to gain a particular expertise or find an interest or passion in a particular SDG that may spur action, inspiration and impact.


Call it revolutionary, non conforming, different, unique or weird; a focus on the SDGs to such an extreme from committee names, or to specified topics. Over the two days of the conference, participants told us how much they enjoyed the specificity of topics they enjoyed, the knowledge they have grasped and gained expertise in; most importantly, an understanding of how much each SDG impacted our world. The SDGs were no longer just a far reaching foreign concept to them, it is now an action prompting question waiting to be solved.  









As Secretary-General for TASMUN IX, I hope to leave a message on behalf of my Secretariat team, to both our conference participants and MUN participants worldwide:

As we seek to evolve the culture of Model UN by assisting each other in understanding the value of action and activism especially in these tumultuous times, the focus of this year’s conference structure not only strives to promote impact through MUN, but also to evaluate and to take further consideration of the Sustainable Development Goals. In taking initiative to achieve the SDGs, the power of impact through MUN will be prominent - and that is what I hope we can all take away and share with those who have not seen what we, as a commu

nity is capable of changing. Let TASMUN IX be the first change, non conforming to the norms of what MUN may mean to you. Let yourself be the living and breathing impact of MUN, youths who contribute to our global community, and a team of activists capable of rousing change that we so desperately need.