Model United Nations at Canisius

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For over 40 years, Canisius has welcomed Western New York high schoolers to campus for the annual Model United Nations conference. With now over 400 delegates from 20 schools, students benefit from engaging in debates as they hone public speaking, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills. 

The International Relations Program at Canisius and the Model UN Development Organization (MUNDO) are proud to coordinate and run the annual High School Model UN Conference hosted by Canisius College. The student-delegates come to the Canisius campus for day-long simulations of the United Nations Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Economic and Social Council, and the Human Rights Council, among others.

The high-school delegates prepare for weeks in advance to represent their assigned countries with respect to specific global issues. Members of the Canisius community, including faculty and students, are involved in the planning and execution of the event. Awards are given to recognize outstanding student delegations in each of the various sessions.

Event Information

Date: November 7, 2019
Location: Montante Cultural Center 

Contemporary Security Council
Each of the Contemporary UN Security Councils is composed of fifteen (15) voting member countries/delegations and several non-voting invited countries as specified on the delegation request form. Suggested delegation size is two students, one to three student representatives is acceptable, though not for invited countries.
Topics for 2019 MUN Conference:
·         Rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Christianity
·         Civil war in Yemen
·         Stopping global corruption

Historic Security Council: 1989
The 1989 Historic UN Security Council is composed of eleven (11) voting member-states/delegations and several non-voting invited countries as specified on the delegation request form. Member-states with seats on the Historic Security Council should be represented by two students per delegation; invited states’ delegations may consist of one or two representatives.
Topics for 2019 MUN Conference:
·         Fall of the Berlin Wall and democratic revolutions in USSR
·         Pro-democracy rallies in Tiananmen Square
·         US Troops in Panama
Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is composed of representatives of forty-seven (47) UN member-states (and representatives of two observer organizations: Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch). Not all members of the Human Rights Council will be represented in the MUN Conference at Canisius, but members will be assigned in relationship to the regional distribution of the current council membership. Each delegation generally will consist of one or two student representatives.  
Topics for 2019 MUN Conference:
·         Housing as a human right
·         Anti-LGBT laws globally
·         Chinese detention of Uyghurs
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is composed of fifty-four (54) member states. Each delegation will consist of one or two student representatives.
Topics for 2019 MUN Conference

  • Global Sustainable Public Transportation
  • Climate Change
  • Rise of misinformation and protection of journalists 

International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court features several timed trials, each with a Prosecuting Attorney, a Defense Attorney, and a Jury. The ICC Chair will clarify later the total number of participants.
Topics for 2019 MUN Conference
·         Trials of accused war criminals, historic and contemporary
·         Likely selection will include: Barshar al-Asaad, Efraín Ríos Montt, Ahmed Haroun
·         Students might serve as prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, or jurors
“Crisis Committee” (Mini Security Council):
The Crisis Committee is composed of 15 voting member-states each represented by single delegate
Topics for 2019 MUN Conference  - We forewarn you that we might spring a crisis or two on the students, particularly in the Security Council sessions, if they seem to be moving through their agenda at a good pace.
·         Delegates prepare their countries’ interests and ideas ahead of time, but they will not know the specific topic(s) of discussion until conference day
·         The chairs will then introduce a topic with running updates as the session proceeds 
·         Delegates prepare broad-based position papers for review by Chair prior to conference
Press Corps In this committee, students will assume the role of journalists and will travel between the other committees and write short reports based on what they observe. The Press Corps is composed of a small group of students.


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Contact Us

For questions concerning the event contact Dr. Paola Fajardo-Heyward or

Event Materials 

Below find rules, sample resolutions and other documents that will shape the event. Check back for topic guides and information on payment and materials submission. 

2019 Conference Topic Guides

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