High School Conference General Info

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 PittMUN High School Conference. The date for the upcoming 2017 High School Conference is coming soon.

When and Where?

The date for the upcoming 2017 PittMUN High School Conference is coming soon

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.

2016 PittMUN Committees

1. United Nations AD HOC Security Council (Advanced Committee)*

2. Social, Humanitarian & Cultural (SOCHUM) (Novice Committee)

3. Disarmament and International Security (DISEC)

4. Economic and Financial (ECOFIN)

5. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

6. Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

7. United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

8. Board of Directors: BP

The specific scenarios and issues for discussion/debate can be found in the 2016 PittMUN Manual *Ad Hoc Security Council will not have background guides or pre-set debate topics and ONLY students with significant Model UN experience should be assigned to this committee.

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 2016 PittMUN simulation is closed.

Registration for the 2017 PittMUN conference is not yet open.

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 17th, 2016, 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 2016 PittMUN Manual.

PLEASE TAKE CARE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. See the 2016 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 2016 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