About NMUN

National Model United Nations (NMUN), the world’s largest intercollegiate Model UN conference.

Our Mission

National Model United Nations (NMUN) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. We positively affect the lives of participants and prepare them to be better global citizens through quality educational experiences that emphasize collaboration and cooperative resolution of conflict. We envision a world comprised of civically engaged people who strive for peaceful, multilateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development.

Guiding Principle

Cooperative, hands-on, experiential learning allows students to confront a range of topics with the perspective of their assigned country or organization. Through these experiences - during preparation in committee sessions and hallway caucuses - students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experience the challenges of negotiation, see the rewards of cooperation, broaden their world view, and discover the human side of international relations and diplomacy.

UN Involvement

NMUN has been a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) since 1982 and a UN Academic Impact member since 2013.

Numerous NMUN conference speakers work for the UN. It has been our privilege to have UN Secretaries-General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali; and Deputy Secretaries-General Amina J. Mohammed and Jan Eliasson serve as keynote speakers. UN officials have also served as advisory group members, and many student delegations meet with their official national delegations during the conference.

UN facilities, including the General Assembly Hall, are generally used on the last day of our New York conferences. In 1952 we were the first Model UN conference to use the UN headquarters in New York City for our final session.

We were pioneers in using rules more aligned with those used by the UN. The rules of procedure used at NMUN programs were adapted by us from actual UN rules. The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) reviewed and approved them in the 1990s.

Experiential Learning Programs

Our programs provide a diverse group of informed students and their faculty advisors a forum for addressing global concerns in a real world context. Conferences address important issues including regional conflicts, women and children, peacekeeping, human rights, economic and social development, and the environment. Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN as students build skills in diplomacy and compromise.

A Brief History

Our roots go back to the intercollegiate Model League simulation in 1927 at Syracuse University. Subsequent conferences, known as the Model Assembly of the League of Nations, Middle Atlantic Section, were hosted at various Mid-Atlantic college and university campuses. The transition to a Model UN simulation began in 1943 at Hamilton College campus and 1944 at Bryn Mawr College campus where model United Nations (World War II allies) simulations were held instead of a Model League of Nations. Annual conferences in our lineage have been held every year since 1927 with the exception of 1945 when U.S. World War II travel restrictions prevented a meeting.

In 1946 the conference became the Middle Atlantic Model (UN) General Assembly (MGA); this was the first Model United Nations conference held after the ratification of the UN Charter. Lafayette College was the host institution. In 1964 the name was changed to National Model (UN) General Assembly (NMGA). From this year on, the conference was held in New York City rather than on campuses.

For the most part, from 1927-1967, the conferences were organized by a Continuation Committee in conjunction with a Mid-Atlantic college or university and the League of Nations Association (LNA), then its successor the American Association for the United Nations (AAUN) or their college affiliate the Collegiate Council for the United Nations (CCUN).

After the 1967 conference the official name became NMUN. In 1968, to ensure the long-term success of the conference, the organizers incorporated under the name National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA). In 2017 it was decided to retire the NCCA name and only use NMUN. Our conferences continue to provide quality university level programs that bring together the next generation of international leaders. Our annual New York conference is the largest intercollegiate Model UN conference in the world. Since 2007, we have also held annual conferences in Washington, DC. In 2008, we expanded yet again and started running international conferences with partners from around the globe.

Read our History of National Model United Nations (NMUN), History of the NMUN Conferences Prior to 1970, the NMUN Milestones below, and consult our Annual Reports for more information.

NMUN Milestones

1927

The first conference begins as a Model Assembly of the League of Nations at Syracuse University. It is composed of students and faculty from New York colleges and universities.

1928

The conference expands in its second year and welcomes students from colleges and universities in Mid-Atlantic states. It becomes the Model Assembly of the League of Nations, Middle Atlantic Section.

1933

The first constitution and by-laws are adopted. They include the creation of a Continuation Committee composed of 4 faculty, 4 students, and a representative of the League of Nations Association.

1942

The term United Nations is used in the document entitled Declaration by United Nations.

1943

The conference attendees represent United Nations countries (WW II allies). The United Nations and the Organization of Peace is the main topic. This is the start of the transition to a Model UN simulation.

1944

Once again the delegates represent United Nations countries (WW II allies). Possible solutions to the issues faced by the United Nations related to establishing an international organization is the theme.

1945

Due to the U.S. Office of Defense Transportation's travel restrictions related to World War II, this is the only year this conference is not held.

The UN Charter is ratified on 24 October.

1946

The conference becomes the Middle/Mid-Atlantic Model (UN) General Assembly (MGA). It's the first Model United Nations simulation to be held after the ratification of the UN Charter.

1952

The final session for this conference is held at the new UN Headquarters building in New York City. The first conference to use the building for this purpose.

1956

Eleanor Roosevelt serves as the keynote speaker at the final session.

1960s

The conferences are staffed by Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, and other U.S. east coast students. In this decade the conference transitions from being held on different campuses to being held at a hotel in New York City.

1961

Eleanor Roosevelt serves as the keynote speaker at the opening session at the UN building in New York.

1964

The conference becomes National Model (UN) General Assembly (NMGA).

1967

After the 1967 conference, the official name of the conference becomes National Model United Nations (NMUN).

1968

The governing body incorporates as National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) on 30 April to assure the long-term educational integrity and financial success of the NMUN conference.

1974

NCCA develops the National High School Model UN conference (NHSMUN). In 1979 this conference incorporates as a separate nonprofit organization.

1981

NCCA creates a New York Advisory Group.

1982

NCCA/NMUN is named a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status to the U.N. Department of Public Information.

1990

NCCA develops the Southern Regional Model UN conference (SRMUN) in Atlanta in response to the absence of Model UN opportunities in the region. In 1993 SRMUN incorporates as a separate nonprofit organization.

1990s

The rules of procedure used at NMUN programs which we adapted from actual UN rules are reviewed and approved by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

1999

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan serves as a keynote speaker at the annual NMUN conference in New York City.

2004

In order to manage the growth of the conference and provide more professional service, the first full-time, paid employee is hired, an Executive Director.

2007

To better serve participants, NMUN is held as one conference at two New York City venues. More than 4,000 students attend, half from outside the United States.

The first NMUN•DC conference is held.

2008

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon serves as keynote speaker at the annual NMUN conference in New York.

NMUN•China premiers, the first of many international conferences.

2013

NCCA/NMUN becomes a registered UN Academic Impact member.

2014

NCCA creates a DC Advisory Group.

2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again serves as a keynote speaker at the annual NMUN conference in New York City.

2017

A decision is made to retire the NCCA name and operate both the conferences and the governing body under the NMUN name.