The Sub Saharan International Model United Nations (SAIMUN) is a five-day international relations simulation for both high school and university/college students that is held annually at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri.
Thanks to the work done through the years; students are able to develop leadership skills, research, writing, public speaking skills as well as problem solving expertise. An active participation encourage consensus building through mediation and negotiation, conflict resolution and the ability to rapidly build friendly and profitable relations among people.
Additionally, Sub Saharan International Model United Nations – which is part of hundreds MUN Conferences globally – selects and plans special educational activities every year choosing among the most important global issues to be addressed to the Committees (for example: global warming and climate change, water shortages and sanitation, peace and security, human rights, poverty and hunger,social and economic development, globalization and most importantly the SDGs).
At SAIMUN, delegates from all over the world interact with one another through debate and diplomacy to solve complex challenges facing the world today. Students take on the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets, and learn about the workings of international politics and problem solving. By engaging in topics concerning security, economic development, and social progress, delegates learn to navigate the complexities of international negotiation and teamwork, adopt new perspectives and develop comprehensive resolutions to pressing global issues.
The simulations entail the creation of a real or hypothetical scenario, within which a negotiation is held.The participants take on the role of the principal actors within the negotiation, representing their values and interests. The simulations are directed at a vast array of figures: students, managers, entrepreneurs and representatives of the public sector, the Armed Forces and Police Corps. The simulations represent an innovative tool to assimilate knowledge of various issues, improve leadership skills and the ability to work in a team, strengthen negotiation skills, acquire a strategic overview and orientate with regard to future choices.
There are various types of MUN globally, created to satisfy the practical educational needs of a range of individuals: students, professionals and managers in the private sector and members of the Armed Forces. However, all MUNs have certain common goals:
- To provide a deeper understanding of multilateral diplomacy;
- To strengthen negotiating and leadership skills;
- To improve the ability to anticipate evolving scenarios of complex issues.
- Learn about cultures, governments and peoples of nations throughout the world.
- Use research skills, writing skills and written and oral communications skills.
- Develop critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and evaluative skills.
- Debate current global issues and world problems.
- Practice and use leadership skills in a real life global situation.
- Understand the need for peace and conflict resolution throughout the world while developing their own conflict resolution and debating skills.
- Participants are required to act like real UN delegates partaking in sessions of various UN committees.
Each participant in a committee represents a different country. The delegate has to work, faithfully respecting the assigned country’s standpoint, to obtain the approval of documents that favor the assigned country and the collective interest.