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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 fourteenth year that this prestigious conference will be held, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. VMUN takes pride in providing a formal and professional environment where students 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 2015 take place?
VMUN will take place from January 30th to February 1st, 2015. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency, located at 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. We are extremely pleased to return to this venue, which will enhance delegates’ experiences and provide them the opportunity 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 be a wonderful setting for an amazing experience.
How much does it cost to attend VMUN?
Check the Registration Overview page for information!
When is registration available?
Registration will open in the fall. Please visit the Registration Overview page 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 2015; however, high school students may apply for these positions, for VMUN 2016, 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 have closed for VMUN 2015, we encourage interested students to apply to staff VMUN 2016 next year. For Secretariat positions, students must be in high school, have had extensive Model UN experience, and hold an outstanding commitment to VMUN. Committee staff positions are open to high school students with a substantial history in MUN. We look forward to working with you!
How do I prepare for VMUN?
Delegates should familiarize themselves with the background guides written by their committee directors, which will be posted here. In addition, delegates are encouraged to do additional research elsewhere to learn more about their nation’s policies and interests. We’ve compiled a wealth of resources on this page. Delegates new to Model UN should especially consider reading through our Battlefield Earth preparation guide.
Does VMUN have double delegations?
At VMUN, all delegates will represent their country in their committee individually.
Is there a limit to size of each delegation?
VMUN 2015 may have a delegation cap, in order to maintain our tradition of excellence while accommodating as many delegates from around the world as we can. We encourage you to register early to avoid having to deal with a waitlist!
What is the dress code?
The dress code for all committee sessions is Western business attire. This means a dress shirt and pants, suit jacket, tie, and dress shoes for gentlemen and a smart suit or dress for ladies. Running shoes, jeans, and other casual wear are not acceptable in committee.
For the delegate social, we urge you to use your discretion in dressing comfortably but appropriately. VMUN reserves the right to turn away delegates at the door who are not dressed appropriately at our discretion.
Can I win awards?
Yes, awards are presented 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 will have distinguished themselves by demonstrating leadership through their combined efforts with others. Position papers are highly recommended for delegates seeking an award.
Do you provide scholarships or financial aid?
VMUN does not award students with merit scholarships. However, we are proud to provide a substantial amount of need-based financial aid. Both delegate fees and school fees can be entirely or partially be waived. Please see our Financial Aid page for more information. Please note that the financial aid process is subject to change for VMUN 2015; details will be announced soon.
Are teacher chaperones mandatory?
Teacher chaperones are a necessity for VMUN. Their presence verifies to us that delegates’ participation in the conference is sanctioned and will assist our staff in maintaining efficient operations.