Conference Structure


At HMUN 2018, each delegate will partake in a simulation of the United Nations or another international body and gain better insight into the subtleties of international affairs. Each HMUN committee will address issues of international importance. The wide range of committees provides for topics to suit each student’s interests. HMUN simulates four types of committees: the UN General Assembly (GA), the UN Economic and Social Council (EcoSoc), Regional Bodies, and Specialized Agencies (SA). In addition, HMUN offers opportunities for students to participate in the conference as part of the Press Corps or as a representative of a Non-Governmental-Organization.

General Assembly

General Assembly committees deal with a wide variety of issues, ranging from disarmament and security to law, health, and development. By espousing the principle of “one nation, one vote,” all 193 member states and two observers of the United Nations, the GA remains true to the original premise of the UN. Every nation plays an important role; delegates from China and Botswana negotiate and debate as equals on issues of great global importance. Debate in the GA is spirited, as delegates attempt to balance their responsibilities to their nations, regional blocs, and the committee as a whole. Delegates emerge from a GA committee with a thorough understanding of the promises and pitfalls of international diplomacy.

Economic and Social Council

The committees of the Economic and Social Council concentrate on providing specific solutions to a wide array of pressing social and economic issues such as human rights protection, criminal justice, economic development, international trade, and more. To achieve this goal, delegates will work with a medium-sized group of their peers. The EcoSoc committees are large enough to foster animated and informed debate, but small enough to guarantee delegates the opportunity for constant substantive involvement, interacting with and challenging each other. The end result for delegates is a comprehensive awareness not only of viable solutions to important global concerns, but also of individual nations’ roles in an ever-changing, increasingly complex world.

Regional Bodies

HMUN 2018 will include Regional Bodies that facilitate international discussion and cooperation on issues specific to particular regions. The issues presented to the Regional Bodies will include education, health, natural disasters and climate problems, peace, security, and region-specific social and economic development.

Specialized Agencies

Specialized Agencies provide delegates with an opportunity to delve into detailed and often complicated issues in a small-group setting. The SA consists of the world’s most powerful and dynamic bodies in which delegates are forced to confront volatile international conflicts requiring immediate resolution. Well-informed and well-researched delegates who are not only unafraid of speaking and writing extemporaneously, but also thrive on the challenge presented by the most demanding committees the high school circuit has to offer, will find their match in the SA. The fate of the world is in the SA delegates’ hands; whether the globe is shattered or preserved lies squarely on each SA delegate’s shoulders.

NGO Programme

HMUN 2018 offers a unique delegate experience in addition to our standard committee offerings: The Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Programme. The NGO delegates enrich and offer fresh perspectives to the resolution-making process in committees by representing the views and policies of an assigned NGO, instead of a country delegation. The work, ideals, policies, and intentions of each NGO should instead be captured within committee debate and resolutions. To advance debate, explore yet unimagined aspects of humanitarian aid, and enhance the weight of resolutions, crises will periodically be introduced to the committee. Unlike crisis committees, the NGOs Programme will not be taking crisis notes from delegates.

Press Corps (press.harvardmun.org)

The Press Corps will simulate real news organizations by reporting on the proceedings of HMUN 2018. Using weblogs and multimedia, the Press Corps will cover all committees and other conference-wide events. While maintaining professionalism and journalistic integrity, the press will learn from experience about the challenges of gathering facts, analyzing information, and presenting them in an clear and efficient way. All delegates at HMUN 2018 will be encouraged to follow the Press Corps coverage of the conference on HMUN’s website.