Boston Invitational Model United Nations, or BosMUN, is a three-day simulation of the United Nations held annually in February in downtown Boston. BosMUN is an entirely student-run organization on the Boston University campus, under the umbrella organization of Boston University’s International Affairs Association, or BUIAA. BUIAA is home to a diverse group of students from all schools and colleges within BU, and presents those involved with a myriad of opportunities to engage in, including multicultural events and educational opportunities within the world of foreign affairs at large. BUIAA also encompasses several other groups that hold their own weekly meetings including BU’s Model UN Travel Team, a teaching centered group known as Global Civics, and the International Relations Review. Throughout the year, BUIAA hosts three thought-provoking MUN conferences, BosMUN, BeanMUN, and BarMUN, which each present additional chances to get involved and gain valuable experience.
Entering its 19th session, BosMUN will feature committees of all shapes, topics, and sizes in order to accommodate the over 1,500 delegates in attendance. We aim to create an all-inclusive, educational, and diverse atmosphere for each and every high school student that attends our conference. At BosMUN, delegates have the chance to delve into the world of international affairs, public speaking, and diplomatic skills, all the while utilizing creative freedom in their various committees through policy debate. Students assume the role of UN representatives and members of other international bodies and national cabinets in order to debate day-to-day issues that confront world leaders, and eventually draft resolutions in response. During the conference, students will learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community, while also learning about the powers and limitations of international negotiation. Delegates must strive to preserve their countries’ foreign and domestic policies while also negotiating in the face of other, usually conflicting, international policies.
True to the spirit of the United Nations, BosMUN’s mission is to to reach students both within the Boston University community as well as in the international community to provide students with enriching academic debate and to teach diplomatic practice. Through creative thinking, compromise, and negotiation, we cultivate an environment to engage our future diplomats and politicians by simulating current and historical events.