Registration for the 2020-21 Jr. Model UN Program is NOW OPEN! 

Welcome to the Student Diplomat / Jr. Model United Nations Program, a five-month journey (January to May) that introduces over 750 middle school students to international affairs and cultural diplomacy. With an emphasis on developing students’ research, writing, cultural competency, and communication skills, the program helps meet the growing demand for global affairs curricula in local middle schools.

The program offers students an exciting opportunity to examine global conflicts and trends while working together to create promising solutions to some of the world's greatest challenges. Additionally, it is designed with an emphasis on building cultural competency and diplomatic skills; expanding knowledge of world geography, cultures, and political structures; increasing understanding of how national and international institutions tackle key global issues. The committee topic for the 2020-2021 Jr. Model United Nations Program is "Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being for All."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council will be moving this program to a virtual format for the entire academic year. Please view the recording from our September 16th Welcome Back meeting with faculty advisers for more information and updated program details!

Program goals for students include: (1) gaining a deeper understanding of world geography, history, and cultures; (2) exploring the mission, structure, and function of the United Nations; (3) applying research and critical thinking skills to specific global issues; (4) learning to write, debate, and amend resolutions; (5) understanding the role of diplomacy and deliberation in international affairs; and (6) developing skills in conflict resolution, problem solving, and cross-cultural communication.  In addition to class or club work facilitated by teachers or parents throughout the school year, the Council meets with the middle school students on three separate occasions between January and May, producing three very distinct programs: The Cultural Diplomacy Conference (January), the Preparatory Conference (March), and the Final Conference (May).

Upcoming Programs

Please visit this page in the coming weeks for more information about our 2020-2021 Student Diplomat/Jr. Model United Nations program and our MUN conference programs. 

Past Programs

Welcome Back Program

Please join us for our virtual Welcome Back Program! This session will be dedicated to introducing the Council's signature Student Diplomat/Jr. Model United Nations Program for the upcoming academic year and how the program will be adapted to fit the current educational environment. 

Jr. Model UN Preparatory Conference

Over the course of two days, the Council meets with all 750+ students to conduct an intensive four-hour prep session that includes an introduction to the United Nations, writing and amending resolutions, and a substantive topic briefing by an expert. Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) hosts both the Council’s Jr. Model UN Prep Conference, as well as the final conference.

Cultural Diplomacy Conference

Produced in partnership with the Penn Museum, 750+ students explore the importance of cross-cultural understanding and diplomacy through collaborative presentations conducted by the Council and the Museum. The program also includes small group guided tours of the galleries.

Middle School Welcome Back Reception

The 2019 Welcome Back Reception invites faculty and administrators from our partner middle schools to attend a special podium event featuring Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. Faculty are invited to a special welcome reception where World Affairs Council staff will introduce topics for this year's programming and preview the program schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Program Sponsors

We would like to recognize the Middle East Center at The University of Pennsylvania and The South Asia Center at The University of Pennsylvania for their sponsorship of the 2019-2020 Student Diplomat / Jr. Model UN Program. 

Jr. Model United Nations Registration is Now Open!

Join hundreds of students across the Greater Philadelphia area on a five-month journey to learn about international affairs, world cultures, and diplomacy!