The LFA has a passionate PAMUN club that meets every Friday and also participates in all the inter-school meetings, as well as the annual MUN Conference at the United Nations in Paris. But what exactly is MUN?
MUN (Model United Nations) is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and its Committees, which catapults students into the world of diplomacy and negotiation. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of UN member states, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe to debate the current issues. The students, better known as delegates in Model UN, prepare positions and speeches, plot strategies, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, debate and seek to resolve conflicts, while navigating the UN complex “rules of procedure” – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect almost every country on Earth.
The benefits of this learning experience are tremendous, as students are encouraged to develop skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives: researching and analyzing, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, cooperation and compromise, leadership, etc.
While PAMUN (Paris Model United Nations) offers students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding the issues debated as well as the complex processes in an international body such as the United Nations, it is aimed first and foremost as an educational experience for the students, in which they are invited to develop two important human skills: listening for comprehension and not for controversy, and keeping an open mind. Our hope is that students participating in PAMUN will experience the thrill of debating and the joy of finding solutions, while experiencing firsthand the power and the limitations of a multilateral organization like the United Nations, and that they will come away with a better grasp of its purpose and potential both today and in the future.
For more details see the PAMUN website: http://asparis.net/pamun/
This year, MUN participants from LFA will take part in INDMUN in St Germain en Laye, in ILYMUN in Lyon and of course in PAMUN in Paris.