The Leader in Global Issues Education through Simulation

IMUNA, a not-for-profit educational organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications, is dedicated to global issues education at the secondary school level.

Who We Are

IMUNA has served for more than four decades as the vanguard in global issues education through simulation. By leveraging its unique philosophy and human resources, IMUNA conferences provide engaging and transformative learning opportunities that empower students with the skills they need to be responsible global citizens. IMUNA holds itself to the highest standard for educational programming that builds upon students’ classroom skills by providing them with the means and confidence to be effective agents for global change. The organization actively builds and supports a network of international practitioners and organizations in a community of excellence, utilizing expert resources to identify new improvements and innovations in global issues education, and integrating emotional and social intelligence with interdisciplinary academic skill-sets to develop empathy, critical thinking, and cross-cultural understanding. Welcome to IMUNA: your headquarters for global issues education!

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What is IMUNA?

World's Largest Model UN Conference

Four days of exclusive problem solving at the world-renowned NHSMUN Conference in New York City, USA

World Class Staff

Students from the world’s leading universities, plus global experts on education and leadership

International Connections

Meet and connect with other MUN delegates and faculty advisers from around the world

Educational Resources

The most comprehensive research archive, country profiles, and resources for MUN programs of all types

Unforgettable Experience

Meet and network with the world’s most prominent United Nations diplomats, government officials, and international thought leaders

Advancement

Get ahead in your professional career by getting involved with Model UN and education-based simulations

Solutions You Take Home

Formally published committee resolutions at the end of each conference

Technology

Experience 21st-century Model UN. IMUNA’s style of international issues engagement is infinitely more than a simple conference!

Be Part of the Action!

IMUNA, a United States 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC), is dedicated to promoting global issues education through simulation. IMUNA hosts premier education-based conferences in numerous cities throughout the world. IMUNA conferences teach students to cultivate excellent communication and decision-making skills by leveraging the power of compromise, consensus, and cooperation.

IMUNA partners with international and regional organizations that promote education and international dialogue, as well as collegiate and university educational institutions. We welcome the opportunity to partner with like-minded organizations around the world. Please email us at info@imuna.org if you are interested in working with us!

Whether you are a teacher looking to start an MUN program at your school, a delegate looking to hone your diplomacy, or an individual simply interested in global issues education, we have something for you. IMUNA is the premier portal and hub for global issues education and MUN research. Our volunteer staff publishes research papers, curriculum guides, training and self-study resources, and educational materials on a platform accessible worldwide. IMUNA supports the next generation of globally-minded leaders by facilitating cross-cultural debate and exchange programs, equipping learners with the academic and social skills necessary to solve some of the world’s most pressing international issues.

IMUNA’s flagship New York City Model UN conference, the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference, is the world’s largest and preeminent event for high school students. For more information about how to participate, please visit the NHSMUN website. Alternatively, you are always welcome to email us at info@imuna.org for additional information or any inquiries you have about our programming. It would be our pleasure to work with you!

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Why do Model United Nations?

Many years ago, I, myself, was a Model UN delegate. In fact, my high school came to NHSMUN each year. To this day, I give credit to my faculty advisor, who has since become a dear friend, for getting me involved with Model UN, as it directly inspired me to pursue a career in foreign service.

Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen

Ambassador Jonathan R. CohenUS Mission to the United Nations

Networking, negotiation, compromise…this is the stuff that makes the world go around. You might not realize it until years from now, but the skills you’re learning here…they might be more important than anything you’ll ever study in a classroom.

Ambassador Susan Rice

Ambassador Susan RiceFormer US Ambassador to the UN; Former U.S. National Security Advisor

We may be citizens of our sovereign countries, but more importantly, we’re also global citizens. This presents a tremendous responsibility for all of us. That’s why I commend you for being here at NHSMUN. You’ll use what you learn here in the real world; of this I’m certain — and sooner than you may think.

Chuck Hagel

Chuck HagelFrmr. U.S. Secretary of Defense

I wish you could stand where I am standing right now, to be able to look out at all of you. Model United Nations really is enough to give one hope…to really inspire one…about what your generation is going to achieve in the world. We need you. That’s my main message to you here this evening.

Samantha Power

Samantha PowerUS Ambassador to the United Nations, 2013-2017

You will have to represent countries in talks with States that have policies you may not agree with. It will train you to be open-minded and flexible. To analyze all of the positions, even those that you oppose. To propose constructive solutions that will benefit all parties. Developing these diplomatic skills will help you as you prepare for leadership in the future. Such skills have never been more important.

Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-MoonUnited Nations Secretary-General, 2007-2016

It is a great pleasure to welcome everyone to NYC and to NHSMUN. The UN strives every day to promote peace and security, uphold human rights, and tackle the world’s most pressing crises. We are proud to be home to its headquarters and the many political, educational, and cultural events it inspires. NHSMUN is one of these terrific events, helping to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the skills they will need to ably guide us into the future.

Bill de Blasio

Bill de BlasioMayor, New York City

“What a great, great privilege it is to be here with all of you in this astounding hall. This is an amazing privilege to be with the future leaders of our world. I just wish that the whole world, the world’s leaders, had your energy. Because if they did, this world would be the happiest place in the universe.”

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy PatinkinActor, Singer, Comedian, Voice Artist

“It is an honor to be here at this prestigious NHSMUN event. I am sure that I am speaking to some of our greatest future leaders, problem solvers, innovators. How impressive it is to be a part of the excitement of our next generation. This week you will learn what it takes to be a leader.”

David H. Petraeus

David H. PetraeusRet. General, US Army | Former Director, CIA

To share a few words to the delegates of NHSMUN: First, thank you for doing it. The UN is a vital global institution. It better work because we have to figure out ways to make this planet work together, and that’s the way we get 193 countries around the table and try as we might to get global agreements on critical issues—exactly the task you face as the ambassadors and UN leaders in the Model United Nations.

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs

Dr. Jeffrey SachsSpecial Adviser to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the SDGs

The beauty of Model United Nations is that it is unlike most other things we teach and grade in school, unlike the ‘competition’ to win and show yourself ‘on top’ and better than others. The beauty of Model United Nations is that it is a simulation model that allows you, encourages you, to learn as you go. Just like life itself.

June Gorman

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