Who we are
Sub Saharan International Model United Nations (SAIMUN) is a five-day international relations simulation for both high school and university/college students that is held annually at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri. The international conference is attended by more than 500 students from all over the world, in which they debate on various issues affecting the world. We are also recognized under the Registrar of Societies and Associations of Kenya.
Our mission is to promote and encourage awareness, understanding, tolerance and acceptance of different people, cultures, beliefs and attitudes by organizing, sponsoring and promoting Model United Nations conferences and other international events. We believe that the youth’s involvement at all levels of decision making (local, national and global) is essential in order to achieve the goals of the United Nations. Together we are building an international Youth decision making body where the voice of youth is heard worldwide.
Accurately reproducing the actual working procedures of the major UN multilateral bodies, SAIMUN gives participants the opportunity to take on the role of ambassadors to the UN representing the viewpoint of a single Member State or a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) within several different committees. During the conference, students from different countries cooperate with each other to build concrete proposals, negotiate to reach consensus, and eventually pass resolutions that represent the results of an intercultural creative process addressed to face our world’s most pressing troubles.
By simulating the United Nations, we encourage knowledge on international affairs, research, understanding of parliamentary procedures, analytical reasoning, problem-solving, professionalism in negotiation, oral and written presentation of ideas, etc. By working together as a team, drawing from the past and present, we are preparing youth for the future and we empower them to be a part of decision making at all levels. Model United Nations transcends from a mere simulation to an actual youth decision-making process. It goes beyond a simple conference and ensures that the outcomes of your discussions and debates are presented, edited and transmitted in a clear and concise manner to the regional and international decision-making bodies (such the UN ) and the world at large. Through this novel and innovative approach, Sub Saharan International Model United Nations brings a new vision to the MUN Network and to the other conferences of this type