Mexico City, March 2019

MEXICO CITY INTERNATIONAL MODEL UN (MIMUN)

Overview

Every spring, delegates from around the globe convene to participate in an advanced, international-style Model UN conference for High School students in Mexico City’s Santa Fe District.

MIMUN is a multi-day conference that was able to leverage with both traditional SC day-long simulations and the Reform day-long simulations which included both forms of voting. Additionally, it has built-in debrief immediately following voting which allowed for students to process both simulations and critically think about how and why the UN was set up and why the Security Council has had little reform since its inception.

The 2019 Mexico City International Model United Nations Conference (MIMUN) is the perfect setting to examine the reform simulations because as an international conference, it brings together practitioners of MUN from different schools, different backgrounds, and it allows us to evaluate reform models from different perspectives and all the stakeholders present. MIMUN is not run through a university and they are able to pull top talent for their staff from more than twenty-five universities from all over the world. Two new US schools participated this year due to Highland Park’s recruitment.

Conference Statistics

Duration:
4 Days

Schools:
25

Students:
250+

Committees:
13

Staff to Delegate Ratio:
1:5

In 2019, the Workable World Trust piloted our Security Council Reform Committee. These reform committees give stakeholders an opportunity to understand how and why the UN was formed and allow them to question if these power structures should still be in place.

It was a great experiment and I think the kids loved it and it’s a great way to to make them think about how the UN is and why. Sometimes you just come to a conference and don’t think about that kind of thing and then having these activities are useful for allowing the students to think and go a little bit deeper and what they’re actually doing when they come here.”

Diego Rivera

Security Council Chair

The 2019 Mexico City International Model United Nations Conference (MIMUN) is the perfect setting to examine the reform simulations because as an international conference, it brings together practitioners of MUN from different schools, different backgrounds, and it allows us to evaluate reform models from different perspectives and all the stakeholders present. MIMUN is not run through a university and they are able to pull top talent for their staff from more than twenty-five universities from all over the world.

Security Council Reform Committee

The Security Committee (SC) ran as a traditional session for the first day (Friday), and then on Saturday, it ran as a Reform Committee. Voting on resolutions was completed on Saturday evening with the first round of voting as Reform and then immediately voting as traditional SC session.

MIMUN - Security Council members talkingSC members during the reform committee session, MIMUN 2019

Voting on resolutions was completed on Saturday evening with the first round of voting as Reform and then immediately voting as traditional SC session.

Voting Procedures

  • In the first round of voting as the Reform Committee, the resolution passed unanimously. The second round of voting as traditional SC immediately shifted as expected with some of the P5 using their veto power to kill the resolution.
  • Immediately following the voting was an informal debrief where the students could process the past two days of traditional versus reform and the power struggles and issues with the P5.

In every MUN conference, you always have the shy kids, the ones that don’t like to talk that much. [In the Reform Committee, however,] they started participating more and even started in the suspensions of the meeting and asking questions and getting excited because this time it was going to be different– this time they were going to be listened to, they had a voice.”

Diego Rivera

Security Council Chair

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Setup

  • More than 16 delegates participated in the reform committee.
  • All of the 12 regions were represented.


SC room setup, MIMUN 2019

I’ve done Security Council in the past and I never realized how much we cater things to the P5 missions. Yes, so this was a nice change of pace. I think it would be beneficial especially to small nations because ultimately the result of the veto is that there’s less action taken and there’s less legislation being passed. So, when there are so many crises coming to the SC and there are not resolutions being passed on all of them then these crises just keeps getting worse so you feel like removing the P5 would allow for actual action and to be able to address things. So, as a voting member of the Africa South, I had to consider what other people wanted so the topic of Venezuela, to be honest, is not necessarily directly relevant to my country in its policies but I had to consider what they both were ideologically and I had to consider what the other countries wanted. So, in real-life SC [traditional] I abstained from the vote, but then in this simulation, I had mostly abstained but some had supported Maduro so I had to go with that while also trying to consider my own policy.”

Participant of the SC Committee

Hillsborough High School, New Jersey

Location:
Mexico City, Mexico

Reform Committee(s):
Security Council

Dates:
March 2019

Website:
www.mimun.mx