The Johannesburg Model United Nations conference was founded by AISJ in 2002 with the goal of hosting a high caliber conference in a location accessible to international as well as South African schools. JoMUN is entirely student-run, with the Secretary General of the conference to the chairpersons of each committee. Each committee within the conference debates different types of issues ranging from human rights to economic policy. Conference themes each year centre on current issues in Africa such as development, security, and equality.Each committee in JoMUN debates issues related to the overall theme of the conference that has been recently discussed in the UN itself. The debates at JoMUN always mirror real-world scenarios and encourage students to come up with innovative solutions to modern day issues.
JoMUN aims to develop in students:
- Interpersonal and collaborative skills
- Public speaking skills
- Global mindedness
- An understanding of current issues in Africa
- Leadership skills (for those who act as student officers)
Who can get involved?
Participation in JoMUN is open to any student at AISJ from Grade 8-12. There are a variety of different roles available at JoMUN for students with different areas of interest, as follows:
Delegate: A delegate is a student who is placed in a specific committee room to represent a certain country or organization assigned to him or her. Students will spend time before the conference researching their country/organization and writing resolutions to the issues up for debate. Delegates spend the conference in their committee rooms arguing either for or against resolutions based on their assigned countries'/organizations' positions on the matter. Delegate positions are open for students of all ages and experience levels.
Secretariat Member: The secretariat is the organizational arm of the MUN conference. Most students in the secretariat are part of the administration team, a group of students who are in charge of all setup and logistics for the conference. Other roles include press corps, students whose job it is to photograph and write about the proceedings of the conference and to create the online conference newspaper, and the tech crew, students who are available during the conference to set up and assist with any technological issues. Secretariat members do not have any research work to do at the conference but must have problem-solving and organizational skills. Secretariat positions are open for students of all ages and experience levels.
Student Officer: For experienced MUN'ers who are interested in taking on a leadership role in the conference, 2-3 chairperson positions are available in each committee room. It is the chair’s role to oversee the debate in the committee and guide the delegates' work. Each branch of the secretariat also has a chair who acts as a team leader.
Students from any secondary school are welcome to participate in JoMUN. A link to the online registration system is available on the "Sign Up" tab above.