Model United Nations
While there is no official record of how Model UN began, we do know that Model UN is the successor of a series of student-led Model League of Nations simulations. Some people believe that the first Model UN conference was held at Harvard University, although other colleges claim they held the first conference. Regardless, simulations of international organizations began even before the birth of the United Nations! This model is currently practiced in over 100 countries with students all over the world interacting and exchanging ideas on global challenges. In the recent past, Model UN organisations in various countries have held conferences at local, regional, continental and international levels to encourage interaction and diversity among students. Model United Nations (also Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about community issues, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In standard Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of a governmental organization. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems in the form of a resolution.
Kenya Model United Nations (KMUN) is an organization that seeks to emulate the work of the greater United Nations. It simulates organs such as the General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice and the various committees. The organization seeks to promote awareness on global issues, diplomacy and activities of the UN among students. The Model United Nations was initiated in Kenya by Mr. Ronald Osumba of Moi University in 2001 with the organization then being referred to as Kenya Model United Nations. Various chapters were then opened in other Universities and there are now 17 chapters in 14 Universities. Kenya Model UN (KMUN) held its first conference in the year 2002 and has since held this event annually in the month of February at the UN offices, Gigiri.
To impart among students knowledge about the UN system, promote diplomacy and equip them with skills that will enable them to become better leaders, diplomats and citizens of the world today and tomorrow.
To educate the Kenyan youth on local and global issues, grow future leaders and diplomats.
JKUMUN is a duly constituted chapter of KMUN. It is also recognized by JKUAT as a student organization. It was started in 2006 by Mr. Kenneth Kemucie who became the University Secretary General (USG) of JKUMUN in 2007 and 2008. The current USG is Mr. George Thinwa. We have a strong affinity to environmental conservation as this is a common denominator for most students within JKUAT. We also represent U.N.E.P as an agency and as such, push forth their agenda. Our primary means of communication is via e-mail and weekly meetings held at C.L.B 001 every Tuesday from 7.15 pm to 9.00 pm. We are open to any and every question, suggestion and comment about J.K.U.M.U.N and K.M.U.N in general.
Membership - Who Can Join
JKUMUN is open to all undergraduate students. Rules and regulations contained in both the KMUN and JKUMUN constitutions apply. Deregistration is also as per both these constitutions. JKUAT alumni are encouraged to participate in whatever method they can towards the noble causes of this student organisation. We are also glad to have Mrs. Rebecca Karanja as our patron who guides us and liaises with the university administration on behalf of JKUMUN.
Students also go beyond discussion and implement projects that are beneficial to Kenyans especially in the rural and marginalised areas in Kenya as identified by students. RIOT (Righteous Invasion of Towns) is a Community Service Project that covers the themes of health, environment and education. There is a fully fledged team that is tasked with handling the RIOT. The RIOT is achieved through project activities such as planting trees, doing clean ups, rehabilitation of school facilities, giving career talks to students, donation of books, mosquito nets and medicine to local facilities among other things. This noble idea was initiated in 2004 by the Kenyatta University chapter and the first area targeted was Voi town. Later, other chapters came on board and visited the same town later that year. In 2005, the project took place in Mwingi District with tremendous success recorded.
To contact the club, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the University Secretary General on (+254) 721 947663. You can also join the interactive facebook page (just search for JKUMUN from your account or use the link on this page). We encourage your full participation since KMUN is a student led and student run organization.