What is HMUN?


Harvard Model United Nations is a four-day international relations simulation for high school students held annually in downtown Boston. At HMUN, delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by assuming the roles of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets. HMUN is an exciting opportunity for students to debate issues that confront world leaders and to draft resolutions in response to these global issues. Participants will develop their abilities to work with others who are equally motivated and passionate about the topics of debate and to respond to global concerns.

HMUN 2018 builds upon decades of experience. In 1927, Harvard held its first annual model League of Nations, followed by the first model United Nations conference in

1953. This longevity and the dynamic that only a conference of our size can provide make HMUN the preeminent simulation of its kind in the world.

True to the spirit of the United Nations, founded in 1945, HMUN strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues, including international peace and security and economic and social progress. HMUN stresses the in-depth examination and resolution of pressing issues, emphasizing process over product. During the conference, students learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation. Delegates will preserve their countries’ national policy while negotiating in the face of other, sometimes conflicting, international policies.

Why HMUN?


Substantive Excellence

The staff of HMUN is carefully selected to include the most passionate and dedicated directors. Each of the study guides is carefully crafted for its respective committee and reflects careful and thorough research. All of our directors are extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, and committed to HMUN’s ideals, resulting in well-run and focused committees. Many delegates leave our conference with a new-found passion for international relations and greater awareness of the issues that dominate our world.

Tradition and Innovation

Begun over 75 years ago with a simulation of the League of Nations, our conference is the product of years of gradual refinement. While our conference has expanded considerably including to nations abroad, we are fully committed to bringing the prestigious and superb experience you have come to know and expect at HMUN to our conference next year. At the same time, HMUN is an organization dedicated to exploring new and exciting opportunities for all conference delegates and Faculty Advisors. HMUN 2018 will feature innovative committee simulations, cutting-edge technology, and, of course, great entertainment for delegates outside of committee.

Size and Diversity

At HMUN 2018, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with more than 3,000 high school students from more than 200 high schools around the world. HMUN provides a host of substantive issues for this dynamic group of students and creates a forum for debate and negotiation among them – a truly worthwhile experience. Our conference is designed to foster negotiation and public speaking skills, introduce students to a range of global challenges, and provide culturally diverse perspectives on a variety of issues. Our strong emphasis on representation at our conference from schools across the globe ensures the HMUN experience is a truly international one.

What are people saying about HMUN?

“The staff was gracious and responsive. The GA’s and crisis sessions were run well. Bravo.” - The Bromfield School on HMUN 2014

"Thank you for all you do. It's greatly appreciated. The delegates worked very hard and felt rewarded for their work in the committees."- African Leadership Academy, South Africa on HMUN 2014

"It was great to have come across Ethan and his efficient team mates who haven't left any stones unturned in making the HMUN 2013 a great success. Your 360 degree feedback sessions with the faculty advisors held on a daily basis were brilliant in resolving issues then and there." - Chittagong Grammar School, Bangaldesh on HMUN 2013


The Secretariat of HMUN 2018


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