High School Conference General Info

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 PittMUN High School Conference!

When and Where?

November 13th, 2017

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.

2017 PittMUN Committees

1. United Nations Ad Hoc Security Council (Advanced* )

2. World Health Organization (WHO )

3. Special Political and Decolonization (SPECPOL )

4. United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP )

5. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW )

6. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA )

7. United Nations Security Council (UNSC )

8. Historical: 1986 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHGM )

The specific scenarios and issues for discussion/debate can be found in the 2017 PittMUN Manual

*The Ad Hoc Security Council is meant for students skilled and experienced with Model UN, as there will be no information on the topics given beforehand.

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


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

Registration Information

Registration for the 2017 PittMUN conference is full.

If you would like your school to be added to the waiting list, please contact Diana Shemenski at DMS180@pitt.edu

Registration will be open until 11:59 pm on Friday, October 6th, 2017.

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 Diana Shemenski at DMS180@pitt.edu

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 pittmodelun@gmail.com no later than October 23rd, 2017, 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 2017 PittMUN Manual.

PLEASE TAKE CARE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. See the 2017 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.

If for some reason, your students cannot submit their papers via email, please send everything together via FAX to:


ATTN: Diana M. Shemenski.

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 2017 Judging Information Form.

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.


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 Studies
    • European Studies Center
  • University of Pittsburgh International Business Center
  • Pitt's Model UN Club