UNHCR is challenging Model United Nations delegates worldwide to debate the major issues related to forced displacement.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is challenging Model United Nations delegates worldwide to debate the major issues related to forced displacement.
The best resolutions will win awards and be shared with policymakers.
Model United Nations (MUN) conferences taking place in 2022 are invited to join the MUN Refugee Challenge and debate one or more of the following issues:
The resolutions that emerge from these debates will be put before a jury composed of UNHCR members, young refugee leaders and independent experts. Awards will be announced at the end of 2022. The best ideas will be shared with policymakers and be promoted on UNHCR’s social media channels, which are followed by millions of people.
More than 40,000 students in 80 countries have been taking part in the 2020 and 2021 editions of the MUN Refugee Challenge. And over 180,000 students learned about forced displacement through their peers and the UNHCR and refugee guest speakers who joined their MUN. In 2021, the winning ideas were shared with policymakers during the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection.
Any MUN organized in 2022 can take up the Challenge. The competition is open to MUNs at university and high-school level. MUN organizers are responsible for registering their group’s participation in the Challenge. Students taking part in MUNs as “delegates” cannot directly register themselves but can encourage their conference to take part in the Challenge.
You can either set up a UNHCR committee or debate the Challenge’s topics under other relevant committees, such as the General Assembly, ECOSOC or the Security Council.
MUN organizers should register for the Challenge at least 6 weeks before the start of their MUN conference.
Yes. If your current topics align well with the Challenge’s themes, you can register for the Challenge.
For example, if you are due to debate climate change, you can register this debate under the Challenge’s first topic > climate change and displacement. However, you must ensure that part of your debate touches on the displacement aspect of climate change, and only submit your most relevant resolutions to the Challenge for the jury’s consideration.
Yes. You are encouraged to invite a UNHCR guest speaker. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Absolutely! Indeed, you are strongly encouraged to do so. Here are a few ways of going about it:
For any further questions about the MUN Refugee Challenge, please contact Victoria Andrievska at [email protected], +380504138404.