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Watch the Model United Nations video above to see the format of the programme, and hear first-hand about its life-changing impact.

Since 1994, SAIIA has been running a Model United Nations (MUN) programme, with over 150 schools participating annually.

The MUN programme is an opportunity for learners from around the country to research and debate various international topics together, and learn how the United Nations and other international and regional bodies function. MUN is an important tool that allows learners to expand their world view.

University students serve as tutors for participating schools, to ensure that all schools have a fair chance in the programme. In efforts to create more opportunities for learners and educators to be able to participate, SAIIA coordinates a series of Mini-MUN conferences in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. Schools are encouraged to take part in at least one Mini-MUN conference, in order to better prepare for the large annual conference held in Johannesburg in September.

Model United Nations 2017

The 2017 SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference (SJMUN) will take place on 16 September at the Wits Science Stadium on the main campus of the University of the Witwatersrand. Space is limited for our large conference, and as we usually have more interest than spaces available it is important to complete the School Registration Form as soon as possible. Final registration deadline is Friday 23 June, but allocation of countries and topics will be on a first come first serve basis.

We will allow an initial entry of two teams of three learners per school, with a possibility of more teams allocated later in a lottery system. Please indicate the total number of teams your school wishes to enter on the School Registration Form. Please note that this programme is open to Grades 8-12.

To participate, educators need to complete the online School Registration Form or download the Registration Form and return to youth@saiia.org.za. Final registration deadline is 23 June 2017.

Top participants from the 2017 Model United Nations programme will be invited to take part in the annual Young Leaders Conference. As part of the conference learners will get to hear from experts and inspiring leaders on issues related to international affairs, and hold their own youth negotiations on global issues.

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