Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) is the product of a long history of excellence and service. The conference is one of the oldest in the world, having been introduced more than 70 years ago; along with its fellow initiatives within The Harvard International Relations Council, HMUN has repeatedly been the one to break new ground, set global trends and achieve the highest levels of quality within International Relations-based education. Today, HMUN engages over 6000 students each year across its three conferences in the United States, China and India.
Our conferences are academic simulations of the United Nations that hosts students from across the world, inviting them to come together and respond to the most pressing global issues of the time. True to the spirit of the United Nations, HMUN strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on a range of complex issues, including international peace and security and economic and social progress.
We ask delegates to think critically about the world around them, and to think in new and ambitious ways. What is the purpose of multilateral organizations like the United Nations? What can they achieve? How do we balance national interests with the interests of the international community? How do we ensure that those with power use it responsibly? What can young people do to affect change in their own communities and the world at large?