School registration for VMUN 2021 is now open!

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 delegates@vmun.com.

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.

Vancouver Model United Nations is the largest high-school-student-run conference in North America. This is the twentieth year that this prestigious conference will be held, for the first time on an online platform. 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.

VMUN will take place from January 29th to January 31st, 2021. The conference will be held on an online platform, created in partnership with Classrooms.Cloud, designed to help facilitate committee sessions and events as per usual. The Secretariat has been closely following updates regarding British Columbia’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, and are pleased to announce that students and staff will have the unique opportunity to participate in the art of faux diplomacy from the comfort of their homes. VMUN’s very first online iteration is sure to enhance delegates’ experiences and will undoubtedly provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for all who choose to attend. More information on the platform will be released shortly.  

The transition to an online platform will provide delegates with a new and exciting experience in comparison to that obtained from previous iterations of the conference. Some notable changes may include, adjustments to the flow of debate in committee sessions, and a modified version of the delegate social. With that being said, delegates will be provided with all the necessary information well in advance, and are always able to contact VMUN at communications@vmun.com should any questions arise.

Information regarding registration is available on the Registration Overview page.

This year, VMUN is pleased to present 21 carefully-chosen committees, including General Assemblies, mid-size specialized agencies, smaller regional bodies, two parliamentary simulations, and crisis committees. Please visit the Committees Overview page for more information.

If you are a high school student, you can register yourself as a delegate for this year’s conference. Secretariat and staff applications have closed for VMUN 2021; however, high school students may apply for these positions, for VMUN 2022, in the spring of next year.

Although applications have closed for VMUN 2021, we encourage interested students to apply to staff VMUN 2022 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!

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Delegates should familiarize themselves with the background guides written by their committee directors, which will be posted on the committees’ respective pages. 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.

At VMUN, all delegates will represent their country in their committee individually.

VMUN 2021 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!

The dress code for all committee sessions is Western business attire. Delegates are required to adhere to the dress code from the waist up. This means a dress shirt, suit jacket, and tie for gentlemen and a smart suit or dress for ladies. Casual wear is not acceptable during committee sessions. 

VMUN reserves the right to turn away delegates at the door who have not dressed appropriately at our discretion.

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.

VMUN does not award students with merit scholarships.

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