Democracy thrives with participation – of that we are convinced at Deutsche Model United Nations (DMUN) e.V. However, this presupposes political knowledge – on current topics, processes and structures – and the competence to deal with it critically. This is especially important for young people. Therefore, we at DMUN e.V. are committed to the field of political youth education.
We are young adults who are enthusiastic about international politics and the United Nations. As a unique institution for international understanding, the implementation of human rights and the promotion of democracy, social progress and sustainable development, the UN are the cornerstone of our activities at DMUN e.V.
Applying the peer-to-peer principle, our goal is to inspire and enable young people to shape the future in a reflected, open-minded and human way. Thereby, political education becomes political action.
In order to achieve this goal, we have been organizing annual political simulation games since 2002, with around 1,000 pupils and students between 15 and 21 years reproducing the procedures of a United Nations conference.
These so-called Model United Nations conferences enable the participants to engage with foreign countries, cultures and perspectives, to take a close look at the United Nations, to train personal competences, and to build networks with like-minded people in an inspiring environment.
With an educational program specially developed for our conferences, we take on our didactic responsibility and offer our participants comprehensive seminars, workshops and panel discussions in various areas of international politics beyond the simulation games.
As one of two Model United Nations organizations worldwide, we are accredited as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). We also have an affiliation with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). We make intensive use of these possibilities.
On the one hand, to bring the experience of our activities in the field of political youth education and of the encounters with young people into the work of the United Nations. To this end, we regularly participate in international conferences, where we stand up for innovative concepts of political youth education and to the participation of young people in political processes.
On the other hand, we aim at passing on our knowledge and competences in organizing and executing large-scale projects to other organizations by networking and cooperating. Thereby, we are contributing to the success of projects that take our activities as an example.