High School Conference General Info

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 PittMUN High School Conference! We would love to see you again this year!

Registration Information

Registration for the 2019 PittMUN conference is now closed.

We're looking forward to seeing all the delegations soon.

Note: In order to participate in the Model UN Simulation, each delegation (country) will require at least 7 but no more than 14 delegates (students). No school may bring more than a total of 30 delegates (students). If you have a problem registering online, please email ucisengage@pitt.edu

When and Where?

November 4th, 2019

University of Pittsburgh

William Pitt Union

3959 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

What is Model United Nations?

Model UN is a simulation of the sessions of the United Nations. This is an opportunity for students to apply prior research and studies in a real-world context and practice diplomacy, negotiating, and resolution writing.

2019 PittMUN Committees

1. United Nations Environment Programme

2. United Nations High Commission on Refugees

3. United Nations Legal (Sixth) Committee

4. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

5. United Nations Development Programme

6. International Labour Organization

7. United Nations Security Council

8. Ad Hoc Committee *

For everything you need to know about debate, procedure, regulations, and more, please read the 2019 PittMUN Manual. For details about judging, please see the section below.

*Note: Due to the nature of the Ad Hoc committee, in which delegates are unaware of the topic before committee begins, all participants must have prior MUN experience.

Tentative Schedule

8:00 am -- Registration

9:00 am -- Opening Ceremonies

9:30 am -- First Committee Session

11:30 am -- First Lunch Begins

1:30 pm -- Last Lunch Begins

12:00-2:00 pm -- Last Committee Session Starts

4:00 pm -- End of Committee

4:15 pm -- Closing Ceremonies

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE DAY.

If your school cannot do this, please do not register.

Position Papers

A well-crafted position paper can serve as an excellent preparatory tool for Model U.N. participants. It helps guide preparation and research among members of a delegation. The position paper will outline your country's policies regarding topics that will be discussed in your Committee.

Please note that PittMUN's policy regarding position papers has changed from previous years. Position papers are no longer required from all delegates. Position papers will be optional, but if submitted will be considered for an award. The top three position papers will be recognized at closing ceremonies with the top paper receiving the Clarke Thomas Memorial Award.

In order to be considered for an award, position papers must be emailed to ucisengage@pitt.edu no later than Wednesday, October 16, 2019, by 5 PM. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of the position paper. Delegates should not assume that the paper has been received until the sender receives this confirmation. In order to be considered position papers must adhere to all of the requirements laid out in the 2019 PittMUN Manual.

PLEASE TAKE CARE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. See the 2019 PittMUN manual for the full list of directions. Last year a significant number of position papers were disqualified because students did not follow the directions.

Awards and Judging

The PittMUN simulation is competitive, and awards will be assigned at the end of the conference.

For details on awards and the judging system, please see the 2019 Judging Information Form.

*THIS FORM IS THE CURRENT JUDGING CRITERIA! It is the updated version of the form currently in the Manual. The form in the manual does not reflect how the delegates will be judged during the conference this year.*

Dress Code

We are requiring that all delegates dress in a manner befitting international diplomats. The rule of thumb for professional attire at Pitt's Model United Nations is Western business attire. Because of a few problems last year, we will reiterate: no denim (including skirts), no spaghetti straps (shoulders and upper arms must be covered), skirts must be knee length, no athletic shoes, and the young men must wear shirts and ties. Teachers may copy this dress code and send it home to parents.

Sponsors

The University of Pittsburgh Model United Nations Simulation is sponsored by:

  • The University Center for International Studies and its Area Studies Programs:
    • African Studies Program
    • Asian Studies Center
    • Global Studies Center
    • Center for Latin American Studies
    • Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies
    • European Studies Center
  • University of Pittsburgh International Business Center
  • Pitt's Model UN Club