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Since 1997, the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI - UNA Italy), aiming at promoting youth engagement in international and United Nations system and values, organizes ROMUN, the youth Model UN, simulations, workshops, conferences, competitions related to the most pressing UN challenges.
Students’ Movement for International Organization (MSOI/UNYA-Italy) cooperate in the organization of all the youth events.
ROMUN serves as an exceptional venue for generating organizational visibility, engaging in young professional networking, and supporting efforts to inform key UN issues. Upwards of 500 highly qualified youth participants representing public colleges, universities, and graduate schools from all around the world attend the initiatives every year.
ROMUN is an extraordinary intellectual and social UN hub that brings together an amazing assortment of young minds from around the world to engage in cultural exchange and gain first-hand experience of negotiating processes, decision making, design thinking, team building, etc...
Its main purpose is to provide students and young professionals with the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the UN system, while enhancing the awareness of the most relevant international issues and contributing to advance feasible and innovative proposals for action.
The events see also the participation of prestigious representatives and experts and is hosted by the most important national and international institutions.
The city of Rome is at the forefront of European and global diplomacy, hosting some of the most important international organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and as such is the ideal location for International Models and youth events linked to the United Nations. Its historical role as a promoter of dialogue among peoples lends an additional value to this unique experience.
What is a Model UN
A Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the United Nations system, intended to give students and graduates who are interested in the complex world of international relations the possibility to play a leading role in the conducting and decision-making of the United Nations for a few days. A Model United Nations faithfully reproduces the mechanism of negotiations of specific committees of the United Nations and follows the official rules of procedure. It aims to open debate on imminent global issues with a view to engender the decisions needed to deal with these critical situations at an international level.
This simulation gives young people from all over the world an important opportunity to comprehend the life and work of international organizations and to provide a platform for international-level discussions among students from different countries. Participants have a real opportunity to demonstrate their political and international knowledge and communication skills openly. Taking the role of a delegate of a chosen foreign country, they have the task of negotiating and discussing the official position of that country so as to defend their national interests regarding international issues. In order to do this, participants are required to demonstrate their profound knowledge of issues under discussion, the official position of the member country, as well as the procedural regulations, which are utilized in the real UN mechanism of negotiation.