The Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) program is a very special educational enterprise. To succeed in the JMUN environment takes the skills of the negotiator: to know how to listen, to persuade, and to sense when to step back and when to push for agreement. The processes of the United Nations that are emulated in the JMUN program are characteristic of the increasingly important principles of democratic life. Respect for the rule of law, civil discourse, the peaceful competition of ideas, and consensus-building and consensus-conversion through international governing institutions are all key ingredients in the JMUN experience. JMUN teaches students the importance of tolerance and the pertinence of resolving differences through dialogue and compromise.
As an academic simulation of the United Nations, JMUN aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems.