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About Us – Positive Impact, Quality Experience

For more than 45 years, the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), sponsor of National Model United Nations (NMUN), has provided quality college/university level programs that bring together the next generation of international leaders. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For a brief historical overview read History of the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) and National Model United Nations (NMUN).

Our Mission

The NCCA is a 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, multi-lateral conflict resolution and equitable, sustainable human development. Visit our Participants page for diversity data and other information on our attendees.

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 even in 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.

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US Mission to the UN


Nongovernmental Organization (NGO)
with UN Dept. of Public Information

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UN Involvement

The National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), sponsor of NMUN, has been a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) since 1982. NCCA/NMUN has also been a recognized member of UN Academic Impact since 2013. Numerous NMUN conference speakers work for the UN. We have been privileged to have UN Secretaries-General Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali; and Deputy Secretary-General 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.

Current Partners

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Palacký University
Olomouc, Czech Republic

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Osgood Center
Washington, DC

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Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Kobe, Japan

Past Partners

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Yonsei University
Incheon, Republic of Korea

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Quito and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Northwestern Polytechnical University
Xian, China

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Better World Campaign

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Sciences Po Lille
Lille, France

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Rome, Italy


NCCA Annual Report

2014 NCCA Annual Report PDF


2015 | UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon once again serves as a keynote speaker at the annual NMUN conference in New York City.

2014 | NCCA creates a DC Advisory Group.

2013 | NCCA/NMUN becomes a registered UN Academic Impact member.
An international conference with our first service project, NMUN•Latin America held in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

2011 | APEC Conference is held in Washington, DC in conjunction with High Level APEC meeting in the US capital.

2008 | UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon serves as keynote speaker at the annual NMUN conference in New York.
NMUN premiers NMUN•China, the first of many international conference locations.

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. Attendance has more than doubled in the past 10 years.
First NMUN•DC conference held in November.

1999 | UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan serves as a keynote speaker at the annual NMUN conference in New York City.

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.

1982 | NCCA is named a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status to the U.N. Department of Public Information.

1981 | NCCA creates a New York Advisory Board.

1974 | NCCA develops National High School Model UN conference (NHSMUN). In 1979 this conference incorporates as a separate nonprofit organization.

1968 | The National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA) is incorporated to assure the long-term educational integrity and financial success of the NMUN conference.

1960s | Before the late 1960s NMUN was managed and staffed entirely by Harvard undergraduates. To become the preeminent program of its type, it was decided that staff and administration would have to become intercollegiate.

1950s | Eleanor Roosevelt is reported to have served as a keynote speaker at an early NMUN Conference.

1945 | The UN Charter is ratified on 24 October. Support for the United Nations in subsequent years includes the development of UN simulations like the National Model United Nations (NMUN).

1923 | NMUN long predates NCCA. Old documents indicate the Conference traces its lineage to a Model League of Nations founded in 1923 under the auspices of Harvard University.

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