ISP Model United Nations

ISP Model United Nations

The ISP Model United Nations (ISP MUN) is a truly international and multicultural event where our students come together from around the world to experience an educational simulation of a real UN conference. This activity invites the school community to join a real-life committee representing a country’s delegation. The task is to  debate with other countries to solve an international issue in a diplomatic manner following the ideals from the Charter of the United Nations. Student delegates learn about diplomacy, international relations, research techniques, public speaking, debating, compromise, and writing skills in addition to improving their critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities.  

Delegates are placed in committees and assigned countries, and occasionally are asked to represent specific organisations or political figures. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics for their committee to discuss. Delegates carry out research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with fellow delegates in pre-assigned committees, staying true to the actual position of the member country they represent. At the end of a MUN the best performing delegates from each committee, as well as delegations, are usually recognised with trophies and/or awards. 

ISP MUN conferences typically last for just over a week and are hosted by a different ISP school each year; making it a valuable international and cultural experience for our students to take with them into their future. Beyond the debateit is a unique learning opportunity for our students to discover more about the  diversity of the host countrymeet people from different countries and cultures make connections from around the world and foster long term friendships. 

The first ISP MUN entitled ‘Together we can make a difference’ was hosted at Laude The Lady Elizabeth School in Spain. The delegates discussed and debated topics including the Denuclearization of DPRK and Solving the economic and political crisis in Venezuela. 

The second annual ISP MUN entitled Solving Issues – Building the Future’ took place at St. Jude School in Costa Rica in April 2019. Around 90 students aged 15-18 years old from 11 ISP schools in Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico and Spain took part in a memorable international opportunity.

During the debates at this year’s ISP MUN, delegates were passionate about making the world a better place and came together to propose solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. They discussed and debated topics including Misuse of Personal Information and the limits of privacy, Ensuring the protection of children seeking asylum and Transitioning to Sustainable Energy: meeting growing energy demands. 

Student delegates also learnt about the traditions and culture of Costa Rica and had the opportunity to discover the amazing wildlife and breath-taking natural beauty of the country by visiting the Poás Volcano, la Paz Waterfall Gardens and the city of Sarchí.  

In 2021, despite travel restrictions, the show goes on and we have partnered with IMUNA to help us deliver a virtual MUN to our students around the world. IMUNA is a not-for-profit organisation formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, dedicated to promoting global issues education through simulation.

Our virtual MUN is aimed at ISP students aged 13-18 years and provides them with 4 hours of debate for each day of the conference. Participating students receive weekly online training sessions in the 10 weeks leading up to the conference so that everyone can have an enjoyable and engaging international learning experience. An additional speakers programme with experts from the UN, NGOs, and top universities to address will address the students about issues that face their generation or the entire world.


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Students boost their self-confidence, being able to express their opinions and personalities in a respectful and polite atmosphere, being respected and respecting others regardless of their points of view. They enhance their public speaking and problem-solving skills. Students also increase their knowledge of world issues and realise we are living in a linked world, so we have to work together.

It is not only an adventure, it’s a whole new experience!!!!!!!

I loved seeing my students being passionate about global solutions, developing their full potential and making new friends.

I am really grateful and happy to have taken part in this event and I had great experiences in both academic and social areas. Having a connection with other schools around the world through ISP is an incredible tool that students can take advantage of, and this event really showed me that. Making friends and knowing that we have this connection is a really nice thing. I feel excited about taking part in international interactions and events in the future.

It’s an experience that will change your life, from debating with other countries to making long-lasting friendships.

Worldwide issues require global perspectives to achieve a solution; the ISP MUN is the perfect opportunity to envision a peaceful world through the perspective of young students from multiple continents.

The ISP MUN is a perfect opportunity to embrace a new mindset as well as a whole new culture as you get to interact with people from all over the world and hear their unique perspectives.

The ISP MUN provide students with the professionalism of an international event while also providing plenty of social opportunities with people from all over the world.

The friendships made are unforgettable.

The ISP MUN is not just an event to debate, it is an event to grow academically and create connections with people around the world.

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