History and Background
As a United Nations mandated University, UPEACE has always sought to provide opportunities for its students to familiarize themselves with and better understand the functioning of different UN bodies. This has included a range of partnerships, internships, and courses dedicated to critially engaging with the UN system.
Since 2003, the annual University for Peace Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC) has been a tangible and much celebrated embodiment of the University's relationship with the UN – boasting a personal letter to participants from the Secretary General – and attracting keynote speakers and special guests, as well as national and international conference participants, from the spheres of academia, international diplomacy, and civil society.
Every year, a Secretariat is chosen from among the students to help plan, organize and implement the conference, which so far has gathered people from at least 70 countries. Academic counsel and logistical support is offered by University faculty and staff, who take pride in the tradition of excellence that the students have established over the years.
UPMUNC provides all participants with a true-to-life simulation of the kinds of negotiations that take place in the important committees and organs of the United Nations Organization, while an exceptional media team keeps the Breaking News updates and behind the scenes happenings of the conference entertaining and engaging for everyone.
A simulation such as this works to raise awareness among delegates about imminent global issues, the foreign policies of many governments, and the architecture for world peace and security provided by the United Nations. Given the incredible location of the University in Costa Rica, the welcoming atmosphere of the UPEACE community, and the social events that compliment the conference, participants are given ample opportunities for both personal and professional development.