Model United Nations is a simulation program for college students in which they participate in model sessions of the United Nations in an effort to advance their understanding of the principles and means by which international relations may be maintained. The program helps students develop a greater understanding of the nations of the world, the relations between them, their policies, and the nature of their work in the United Nations. MUNFW is well known for its autonomy, the high quality of its delegates’ participation and the authenticity of its sessions.
The first session of the Model United Nations of the Far West was held at Stanford University in 1951. Three hundred and fifty students from three western states gathered to debate issues. From this small beginning, the organization has grown continuously. MUNFW has welcomed UN personnel and diplomatic staff, foreign dignitaries, and members of the international relations community, including First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt, at our conferences to engage with student delegates. In 1995, the conference made San Francisco, California its permanent home.