Model United Nations at Canisius

For over 40 years, Canisius has welcomed Western New York high schoolers to campus for the annual Model United Nations conference. With now over 400 delegates from 20 schools, students benefit from engaging in debates as they hone public speaking, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills. 

The International Relations Program at Canisius and the Model UN Development Organization (MUNDO) are proud to coordinate and run the annual High School Model UN Conference hosted by Canisius University. The student-delegates come to the Canisius campus for day-long simulations of the United Nations Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Economic and Social Council, and the Human Rights Council, among others.

The high-school delegates prepare for weeks in advance to represent their assigned countries with respect to specific global issues. Members of the Canisius community, including faculty and students, are involved in the planning and execution of the event. Awards are given to recognize outstanding student delegations in each of the various sessions.

Event Information

Contemporary Security Council

Each of the Contemporary UN Security Councils is composed of fifteen (15) voting member countries/delegations and several non-voting invited countries as specified on the delegation request form. Suggested delegation size is two students, one student representative is acceptable, though not for invited countries.
Topics for 2020 MUN Conference:
The issue of outer space 

Historic Security Council: 1989

The 1968 Historic UN Security Council is composed fifteen (15) voting member-states/delegations and several non-voting invited countries as specified on the delegation request form. Member-states with seats in the Historic Security Council should be represented by two students per delegation; invited states’ delegations may consist of one or two representatives.
Topics for 2020 MUN Conference: 
The My Lai Massacre

Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is composed of representatives of forty-seven (47) UN member-states. Not all members of the Human Rights Council will be represented in the MUN Conference at Canisius, but members will be assigned in relationship to the regional distribution of the current council membership. Each delegation generally will consist of one or two student representatives.  
Topics for 2020 MUN Conference
Human rights in the mass-information and surveillance world



Contact Us

For questions concerning the event contact Dr. Paola Fajardo-Heyward @email

Event Materials 

Below find rules, sample resolutions and other documents that will shape the event. Check back for topic guides and information on payment and materials submission.