Model UN

What is the Model UN Experience?

The Model UN experience may be the best experience you ever have! This section of the website explains what Model UN advocacy is, how you can get involved in UN Youth as well as research and debating strategies for the most effective delegates. The resources contained here will be useful to all Model UN enthusiasts, but particularly if you are looking for guidance on the Model UN process.

This section of the website is part of the New Zealand Model UN Programme. Office holders may have access to the restricted part of the Programme, which has information on how to run a Model UN event.

If you have any queries or questions about the Model UN Experience, the New Zealand Model UN Programme or access to these databases, please email



UN Youth, UN Youth and Model UN's in New Zealand

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) was formed in 1946 to be the Peoples Movement for the United Nations. It is a non profit, non-governmental organisation which supports a national office and a number of branches around the country. UNANZ has several hundred adult members, publishes a regular newsletter, and holds seminars and events in support and celebration of the work of the UN.

In 1999 UNANZ established UN Youth, to further engage young people in its work. In its seven year history UN Youth has grown in leaps in bounds to encompass regional, national and international programmes and has developed a special character associated with the fact it is entirely run by young people. Today, UN Youth consists of over 400 individual members aged under 25 from around New Zealand. In addition to this, the New Zealand Model UN Programme annually reaches around 1000 secondary school students through Model UN.

Model UNs within New Zealand are almost exclusively run by UNANZ, UN Youth or Rotary Clubs. UNANZ further divides its local work by its Branches nationwide, UN Youth similarly has created regional branches and it is these UNANZ and UN Youth branches that run the Regional Model UNs.

UN Youth runs the New Zealand Model UN in June/July of each year, and sends delegations to the UN Youth Conference (UNYC) in Australia and The Hague International Model UN (THIMUN) in the Netherlands.

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