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 are 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. Students from three western States gathered to debate issues that were, at the time, simultaneously being considered in the halls of United Nations Headquarters in New York. MUNFW has welcomed UN personnel and diplomatic staff, foreign dignitaries, and members of the international relations community. Prominent guests of the conference include Ralph Bunche, one of the most important American diplomats of the twentieth century. Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States and architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was the conference’s second keynote speaker. MUNFW made San Francisco, California, the birthplace of the United Nations, its permanent home in 1995.
Model United Nations of the Far West is one of the oldest and longest running MUN organizations in the world. Its academic rigor, unique rules, and dedication to developing students into global leaders have helped to set it apart and keep it running longer than almost any other conference.