Debates

We organise regular MUN debates that provide an opportunity for members to engage in discussion and debate on security, humanitarian, environmental, social and economic issues. We simulate various committees of the UN, such as the Security Council (SC) and Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM). Over the course of Hilary Term, we are looking to organise debates that go beyond MUN and give opportunities for students to directly debate and discuss with experts in international relations.

We always welcome new delegates at our MUN debates regardless of experience level, so come along for thought-provoking, skill-building and fun debate!


Preparation for Model UN

Debate training sessions are organised weekly with the aim of introducing students to MUN and training them with the skillset needed to participate in conferences. Since they build week-on-week, with each on a different element of MUN, we encourage students to attend weekly and attend as many of the sessions as possible. We generally follow the OxIMUN Rules of Procedure which can be found here. For an introduction to MUN debating, you can find a presentation here.

Model UN Topics

Recent topics have included resolving the Syrian Crisis, the refugee crisis, reforming the UN Charter, protection of journalists in conflict, the Rio Olympics and the Sustainable Development Goals. We focus our debates on current affairs and topics, as well as on topics most often covered in conferences so that our delegations can be fully prepared.