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UNHCER Model UN Refugee Challenge

Model United Refugee Challenge

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Apply for the MUN Refugee Challenge today!!!

Worldwide, over 80 million people have to flee their homes due to conflict, violence and persecution. UNHCR believes that young people have a central role in finding ways to help them thrive.

UNHCR is challenging Model United Nations (MUN) delegates worldwide to debate the major issues related to forced displacement.


Any MUN organized in 2022 can take up the Challenge. The competition is open to MUNs taking place online as well as in-person at university, high school and primary school levels. Also, students taking part in MUNs as “delegates” cannot directly register themselves but can encourage their conference to take part in the Challenge.

Debate Topics

UNHCR invites you to debate on four major issues:

  1. Refugees and the impact of COVID-19
  2. Protecting the rights of refugee women
  3. Supporting the social inclusion of refugees
  4. Empowering refugees through technology

The debate can also be one or more of the following issues:

  • Finding durable solutions for refugees
  • Climate change and displacement
  • Ending statelessness
  • Protecting LGBTIQ+ refugees

How to Participate in MUN Refugee Challenge

  1. Register your MUN’s participation
  2. Set up a committee to debate one or more of the Challenge’s topics.
  3. Ensure a minimum of 25 delegates are on your committee.
  4. Give one student the role of UNHCR delegate.
  5. Share the Challenge’s background material with delegates.
  6. Invite a UNHCR guest speaker.
  7. Also, tell others about the Challenge!
  8. Once your MUN conference is over, share your thoughts and resolutions.

A jury composed of UNHCR members, young refugee leaders as well as independent experts will judge the resolutions that emerge from these debates. There will be an announcement of the awards at the end of 2022. The best ideas will be shared with policymakers and there will be its promotion on UNHCR’s social media channels, which are followed by millions of people.





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