IMUN, also known as Italian Model United Nations, is an educational simulation and academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. IMUN involves and teaches participants speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.

Participants in Model United Nations conferences, known as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries to represent, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in the committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent.

One of the committee that the students will simulate will be the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) which is a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Commission provides the General Assembly and ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant science and technology issues.

The Commission has forty-three Member States elected by ECOSOC for a term of four years. Experts nominated by their respective governments should possess the necessary qualifications and professional or scientific knowledge.

The Commission comprehends:

  • Eleven members from African States
  • Nine members from Asia-Pacific States
  • Eight members from Latin American and Caribbean States
  • Five members from Eastern European States
  • Ten members from Western European and other States

At each session, the Commission elects a new Bureau (a Chairperson and four Vice-Chairpersons) for the next session. The Bureau assumes responsibilities for the forthcoming activities during the inter-sessional period.

The main goals of this Commission are:

  • The examination of science and technology questions and their implications for development;
  • The advancement of understanding on science and technology policies especially in developing countries;
  • The formulation of recommendations and guidelines on science and technology matters within the United Nations system.

So now we know how IMUN and one of the committees work.

How will this simulation be? Will it find useful resolutions?

Let’s see in the next three days!

Sara Castellano