WorldMUN was founded in 1991 by a group of Harvard University students. They aimed at creating a new form of the already existing Model United Nations conferences. The first WorldMUN conference with 100 delegates was held in 1992 in Miedzyzdroje, Poland. After the fall of the Iron Curtain the country had just recently opened its borders. Over the years, the conference grew continuously. Until, in 1997, a host team from Budapest University participated in organizing the conference for the first time. Through the involvement of host teams the WorldMUN conferences were enabled to further and broaden their social activities. Since its 10th year WorldMUN conferences are also held in places other than traditional European cities. Conferences were also located in Asia Minor, South America, North Africa, in the Middle East as well as in East Asia and North America.
In its 20th year, the WorldMUN conference has grown to be the most multifaceted university conference worldwide. Founded out of idealism, today’s conference offers a unique experience to approximately 2000 delegates from more than 65 countries. From 2005 to 2012, the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena participated yearly at WorldMUN conferences. Delegations were sent to
- Edinburgh 2005 (Scotland; country simulated: Latvia),
- Peking 2006 (PR China; country simulated: Honduras),
- Geneva 2007 (Suisse; country simulated: Panama),
- Puebla 2008 (Mexico; country simulated: Hungary),
- Den Haag 2009 (Netherlands; country simulated: Romania),
- Singapore 2011 (country simulated: Tanzania),
- Vancouver 2012 (Canada; country simulated: South Sudan) and
- Seoul 2015 (South Korea; country simulated: Algeria).
- Rome 2016 (Italia; country simulated: Namibia)
- Montréal 2017 (Canada; country simulated: Sierra Leone)
- Panama City 2018 (Panama; country simulated: Agypt)
- Madrid 2019 (Spain; country simulated: Chad)
Until 2010, the Hochschulgruppe der Deutschen Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen e.V. (University Group of the United Nations Association of Germany) of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena advised the delegations. Since 2010, the preparation and the final participation at the conference belong to the university’s master program Political Science.