Coaches United Nations Simulation is a gathering of diverse young people to exchange ideas through constructive debate on thematic issues of growing global concern while acquiring some leadership and diplomatic skills. Simulation activities are tools for learning and teaching about political perspectives of different nationalities. During simulations, participants are addressed as honorable delegates by multiple speakers, whereby they would share their experience and knowledge on identified topics. During the simulation sessions, various countries are represented by delegates in the United Nation General Assembly or a specialized body of the UN.

United Nations simulations basically allows youth to play similar roles to delegates at United Nations. This extra-curricular activity usually takes place at UN simulation conferences organized by students’ groups or non-governmental organizations. This gives youths a fair idea on how the UN system works and prepares them for that diplomatic phase of their careers and lives. Conferences can be held virtually or live depending on circumstances

This simulation platform presents the right opportunity for youth to take active part in the discussions of agendas put forward during the programs and most importantly to enhance their communication skills, critical thinking skills, negotiation and lobbying Skills. This platform avails participants to learn the ways and objectives of the United Nations and its multi-stakeholder partners in global development. It is essential for youth to understand the functions of international organizations (Word Bank, UNDP, WHO, IMF etc.) in relation to issues faced by various nations that impede the progress of member states.

With these, participants will improve their:

Research: Participants will be engaged and tasked to conduct detailed research on series of topics relevant to the United Nation and the world as a whole. Through these, they will get to learn and appreciate opinions and ideas of the countries they are assigned to represent.

Public Speaking Skills: An essential skill in MUN and leadership, participants will learn how to use structure and styles to enhance their public speaking, learn how to engage and interact diplomatically, by employing communication skills like interaction, cooperation and social dynamics.

Negotiations: Participants will be taught on how to effectively and efficiently debate, negotiate and reach consensus on burning global issues. Delegates or participants will be allocated specific countries to represent, and thus assume and portray all of the political positions and attitudes of that country. This will engage them to instill a sense of collaboration and synergies efforts to provide solutions to global problems, while simultaneously remaining adapt with their assigned country policy.

More so, participants will at the end of the day be able to:

  • Describe relevant historical issues affecting the UN and evaluate its effectiveness
  • Understand and completely utilize the rules of procedure, diplomatic protocols, and negation techniques common to UN delegates
  • Outline the procedures and general structures of UN
  • Analyze issues presented before the UN from assigned country’s perspective
  • Explain the basis, format and teaching methods of MUN simulations.

CUNS further seeks to equip delegates or youths to think critically and act in a diplomatic manner, prepare them to think out of the box, behave in accordance to international standards through skills and knowledge acquired through CUNS.

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