Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to many questions about the conference, registration, event details, and ways of getting involved. If you have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@vmun.com.

What is Model United Nations?
MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations. Students are assigned to represent a nation in an engaging debate regarding the pressing moral issues that the global community faces. The different divisions in MUN cover a diverse range of topics including global health, environment, security, finance, economies, human rights, and development. It helps familiarize students with the UN procedures as well as the variety of global events that occur in the world. In addition, MUN teaches delegates the importance of negotiations and listening to others as they work with other nations in hopes of producing a comprehensive resolution to address the topic of debate. MUN is also an enriching experience as it encourages students to investigate and be considerate of perspectives other than their own.

What is Vancouver Model United Nations (VMUN)?
Vancouver Model United Nations is the largest student-run conference in western Canada. This is the thirteenth year that this prestigious conference will be held in February in downtown Vancouver. VMUN takes pride in providing a formal and professional environment where students may challenge themselves to debate some of the world’s most controversial and intriguing events. Find out more about VMUN here.

Where and when will VMUN 2014 take place?
VMUN takes place in the heart of Vancouver from February 14-16. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency, located at 655 Burrard Street, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. We are extremely pleased with our venue, which will be able to provide delegates with immense opportunities to enhance their MUN experience and to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Located steps from Vancouver’s finest shopping, dining, and entertainment establishments, and with a Starbucks in the actual hotel itself (perfect for grabbing breakfast on the go while finishing up working papers), the Hyatt will undoubtedly provide students with a wonderful venue for an amazing experience.

How much does it cost to attend VMUN?
Check the Registration Overview for information!

When is registration available?
Registration is now open! Please visit the Registration Overview for more details.

What committees will delegates have to choose from?
This year, VMUN is pleased to present 18 carefully-chosen committees, including General Assemblies, mid-size specialized agencies, smaller regional bodies, and crisis committees. Please visit the Committees Overview page for more information.

How can I get involved with VMUN?
If you are in secondary school, you can register yourself as a delegate for this year’s conference. Secretariat and staff applications have closed for VMUN 2014; however, secondary students may apply for these positions, for VMUN 2015, in March and April next year. VMUN does not have volunteer positions.

How do I apply to be a Secretariat or staff member?
Although applications are over for VMUN 2014, we encourage everyone to apply to staff VMUN 2015. For Secretariat positions, students must be in high school and have had extensive Model UN experience. Committee staff positions are open to high school students with a substantial history in MUN. We look forward to working with you!

Are promotional materials (posters, pamphlets, etc.) available?
Yes, promotional materials may be obtained from our Marketing team, at marketing@vmun.com.

How do I prepare for VMUN?
Delegates should familiarize themselves in advance with the background guides that their committee directors will provide them. All resources will be available on the VMUN website. In addition, delegates are encouraged to do additional research elsewhere in order to become educated on their nation’s policy on the topic of debate. Position papers may or may not be required in their committee; however, writing them is highly recommended. Writing position papers might also prove influential if delegates wish to be considered as a recipient of an award.

Does VMUN have double delegations?
No, you may not register as a double delegation. All delegates will represent their country in their committee individually.

Is there a limit to size of each delegation?
There is no limit to the number of delegates each school can bring.

What is the dress code?
The dress code for the committee sessions at VMUN is Western business attire. This includes a jacket and tie for gentlemen and a smart suit or dress for ladies. Running shoes, jeans, etc. are not acceptable during committee sessions.

Can I win awards?
Yes, awards are given out to delegates who demonstrate a keen interest and passion on the topics of discussion as well as a strength in the quality of their arguments throughout the debate. Award recipients should also have distinguished themselves by demonstrating leadership through their combined efforts with others. Position papers are highly recommended for delegates seeking an award as they may prove to be influential during the decision process.

Do you provide scholarships or financial aid?
VMUN does not award students with merit scholarships. Rather, we are proud to be able to provide considerable financial aid based entirely on need. Both delegate fees and school fees can be entirely or partially be waived. Please see our Financial Aid Page for more information.

Are teacher chaperones mandatory?
Teacher chaperones are indeed required for VMUN, as their presence will not only verify to us that your participation in the conference has been sanctioned, but they themselves will also be able to assist our staff in maintaining efficient operations.

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