Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other UN bodies. For years MUN conferences have given young people the opportunity to debate important world issues. Each participating school represents one or more countries or organisations. It puts forward the views and opinions of that country on issues such as human rights, disarmament and international security as well as legal, social, humanitarian, historic and cultural affairs.
By taking part in a Model United Nations conference, participants learn to negotiate and co-operate with other delegations. Besides researching the various issues on the agenda, they produce policy statements, resolutions and speeches. Their perspective on current affairs is broadened and they learn to appreciate the importance of diplomacy whilst developing their debating skills in English. Additionally, MUN offers students the invaluable opportunity to gain greater confidence in public speaking and make friends with students from different countries and cultures.
MUNOM is a consistently popular extracurricular activity for students from years 4 to 7. ESM students have been regular and successful participants in MUN debates both within Germany and throughout Europe.
The MunoM Conference is held in November in a variety of locations such as the Bavarian state parliament, the European Patent Office as well as a number of conference locations. It is organised by ESM students and a Board of Directors which is made up of teachers of the European School. The MunoM conference has approximately 350 participants and the facilities of the European Patent Office and Bavarian parliament building give the conference an official character and contribute to the excellent standard of it.
The participating schools are located in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Turkey, France, Spain, Great Britain, the USA and Sweden, however, the participants themselves come from all over the world. The MunoM Executive Staff consists of 10 students. Five new pupils join the committee in December to be trained by the five more experienced students in the organisation of the conference. The team meets weekly in order to prepare the conference.