Haileybury MUN

20th March - 22nd March 2015


Haileybury hosts its own Model United Nations conference in March each year, welcoming over 800 pupil-delegates from across the world, making it the largest conference in the United Kingdom. Next year the Haileybury MUN conference takes place from Friday 20th of March till Sunday 22nd of March. In addition to the General Assembly, there are committees on Economic and Social, Disarmament, Human Rights, Ecology and the Environment, Politics and the Security Council.

The purpose and nature of Model United Nations conferences such as the one held annually at Haileybury (HMUN) are to replicate the real United Nations. Delegates are assigned to a country and a committee, and are required to play the roles of diplomats. They first have to research the issues (detailed on the Agenda) from the perspective of both the UN and the country they represent, and then have to prepare a stance on these issues, which accurately and realistically reflects their country's views. At the HMUN Conference, delegates have to lobby for support with the delegates of other countries and then debate the issues according to their country's standpoint. Debates are conducted according to rules of parliamentary procedure, and are controlled by pupil officers. Delegates have to operate on a range of levels. They have to research, they have to develop the social skills of the effective lobbyist, and they have to present their ideas in a demanding debating forum.

The Haileybury MUN conference gives pupil delegates confidence and develops abilities, which they had never dreamt, they possessed. They also enjoy the opportunity to meet other young people from across the globe. The MUN was called "the jewel in the crown of Haileybury" in a recent HMC Inspector's report.

We attend conferences in Dublin, Athens, London and The Hague, the latter being the premier event of its type in the world. It is an area at which we excel and we can justifiably claim to be one of Europe's leading MUN schools.