What is MUN?

Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.

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Short history

 

 

In 1968, Mr. Paul Sand from The American School of The Hague organised the first Model United Nations in The Hague. In 1981 the THIMUN Foundation was established and is today directed by a Board of Directors consisting of teachers from international and Dutch schools in the The Hague area: the Deutsche Internationale Schule Den Haag, the British School in The Netherlands, the Lyceé Français Vincent van Gogh, the International School of The Hague, Gymnasium Novum, the American School in The Hague and the Da Vinci College Leiden. The THIMUN offices in The Hague and in Qatar are permanently staffed.

 

In 1995 the THIMUN Foundation was accredited as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information. 2001 saw the first annual session of the THIMUN Youth Assembly. In 2003 the THIMUN Foundation was granted Roster Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

 

 

THIMUN timeline

 

 

The color of the year indicates to which conference the event belongs: THIMUN, THIMUN Singapore, THIMUN Qatar, THIMUN Online MUN (O-MUN) or THIMUN Latin America conference.

 

1968 First Hague MUN organized by Paul Sand (American School of The Hague, ASH).
Conference: about 200-300 participants.
1974/5 William Hungerford (ASH) took over from Paul Sand.
1975 The British School in the Netherlands started its MUN programme with Pamela Senior-van Driel.
1976 The Deutsche Internationale Schule Den Haag started its MUN programme with David Williams.
Conference: about 700 participants.
1982 Set up of the The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Foundation.
1982 Conference: about 1000 participants.
1983 15th THIMUN The Hague Conference.
HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as keynote speaker.
HRH Crown prince Willem-Alexander van Oranje as delegate.
1987 1st MINIMUN, one-day conference organized by THIMUN in The Hague.
1993 David Williams becomes chairperson of the THIMUN Foundation.
1993 25th THIMUN The Hague Conference.
HRH Crown prince Willem-Alexander van Oranje as keynote speaker.
1997 THIMUN granted associated status as an NGO with the UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI).
2002 Secretary-General Kofi Annan as keynote speaker.
2003 THIMUN granted Roster Consultative Status with ECOSOC.
2004 Linda Dubock becomes chairperson of the THIMUN Foundation.
2005 1st THIMUN Singapore Conference in the Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore.
Conference: about 1200 participants.
2007 HRH Princess Mabel van Oranje becomes honorable patron of the THIMUN Foundation.
2008 40th THIMUN The Hague Conference.
2009 5th THMUN Singapore Conference.
Conference: about 1500 participants.
2011 25th MINIMUN Conference.
2011 1st THIMUN Qatar Conference by the Qatar Academy in Doha.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani becomes honorable patron of THIMUN Qatar.
Conference: about 1200 participants.
2012 Fran Laughlin & Alain Meidinger become co-chairpersons of the THIMUN Foundation.
2012 1st Leadership Conference in Doha.
2013 Online Model United Nations becomes a full THIMUN partner.
2014 1st THIMUN Latin America Conference in Uruguay.
2014 10th THIMUN Singapore Conference.
2016 5th THIMUN Qatar Conference.
2018 50th THIMUN The Hague Conference.