Frequently Asked Questions
Where is HMUN held?
Conference will be held at the Boston Sheraton Hotel and the Boston Marriott Copley Hotels from January 30th to February 2nd of 2020.
Who runs the conference?
The staff for conference, including the Secretariat, the Directors, and the Assistant Directors, is composed entirely of 300 students from Harvard. Staff members are from all over the country and represent a diversity of backgrounds, academic interests, and talents. No staff member receives any compensation for staffing at HMUN and all fees collected are used to pay for conference venues and logistics.
Who is eligible to attend HMUN?
HMUN is open to all students who will be enrolled in a high school at the time of the conference. For detailed eligibility, please see our application process page here.
All delegates must be accompanied by at least one faculty advisor—an adult who can take legal responsibility for the student—regardless of the age of the delegate.
If you are a college student, please see our sister conference, Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN), here.
Will students have the opportunity to see Harvard?
Students will have the opportunity to sign up for optional tours of Harvard’s campus on what our conference calls Harvard Day. Harvard Day will be the morning of Friday, January 31, 2020. More information will be sent in the weeks leading up to the conference.
Where can delegates stay during the conference?
Delegates and are offered reduced hotel rates at the conference venues: the Boston Sheraton Hotel and the Boston Marriott Copley Hotel. Both hotels are located in the Boston Prudential Center and are separated by a 5-minute, indoor walk. Most delegates choose to stay in one of these two hotels because of price (the hotel rates offered are very competitive compared to hotels in the area) and convenience (committees are held downstairs in the meeting space and it is easier to meet with other delegates). Additionally, Specialized Agency delegates who stay in other hotels may not be able to participate in midnight crisis.
Once delegates are accepted into the conference, the hotel registration form will be distributed to faculty advisors.
For more information on hotels, please see our hotel page here.
Are there any flight discounts?
United Airlines provides discounts to delegates traveling to Boston for HMUN 2020 which can range from 2 to 10% depending on airport of origin. These discount applies to United’s international partner airlines as well. For more information on how to use the discount, please see our flights and hotel page here.
What is the difference between committees in the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies, and the Specialized Agencies?
HMUN offers three types of committees: General Assembly (GA), Economic and Social Council and Regional Bodies (ECOSOC), and Specialized Agencies (SA).
GA committees are our largest committees, composed of 100-400 delegates. GA committees strive to have every country that is a member of the UN represented, each with one vote each, although due to room capacities this is not possible for every committee. These committees discuss topics that are relevant to every UN member state and are run with very strict rules of procedure, meaning speaking time is very structured. Much informal debate happens outside the committee room in unmoderated caucuses as delegates gather into groups to draft proposals and vote as a bloc. These committees challenge even seasoned delegates, and students have the opportunity to leave these committees with heightened negotiation skills.
ECOSOC and RB committees are mid sized committees of 30-80 delegates each. No committee has every member state of the UN represented, and topics are more specialized and may not be relevant to all 193 member states. Debate inside and outside the committee rooms is very balanced, and these committees are good for both experienced delegates and new ones. Committees follow the same rules of procedure as General Assembly committees, although some committees will adopt special voting rules to be a more accurate simulation of their real-life bodies. The ECOSOC versus RB distinction is important for country assignments, although both types of committees are of similar size and structure and are within the same organ at our conference.
SA committees are our smallest bodies, with 20-30 delegates each. They simulate the United Nations Security Council and various historical crisis simulations. These committees follow rules of procedure different from the other two organs which involves the use of crisis notes. While role playing in the shoes of their represented country or historical figure, delegates can use crisis notes to impact the flow of debate and create crises for the rest of the committee to respond to. These committees attract the most experienced delegates and assignments are done through a separate application process.
Where do I register for the conference?
What happened to the old MUNBase?
This past year, HMUN has contracted a software development company to develop a new MUNBase, to replace our 20-year-old software used in prior years. Usernames and logins are not transferred over from the previous software so please create new credentials in order to register!
We hope you enjoy the new and more modern look of our software, as well as the more streamlined registration and payment process. You can find the new MUNBase here.
What are the registration dates and deadlines and what do they mean?
Registration Opens: May 17th, 2019 (now open)
Priority Registration Deadline I: June 15th, 2019 (now closed)
Priority Registration Deadline II: August 30th, 2019
Regular Registration Deadline: October 4th, 2019
Registration is divided into 3 rounds. Delegates who complete registration by priority deadlines will receive preference for application reviews and country assignments. Priority applications are considered all at once after the deadline has passed. Applications submitted during the regular registration deadline are considered on a rolling basis.
We especially recommend that international schools register during the priority registration periods so that ample time is given to apply for visas.
How are country assignments done?
The philosophy of the Secretariat is that no country assignment is better than others; each delegate, no matter what country they represent in committee, will receive the same educational experience and be on an equal playing field with other delegates. The assigned country does not affect speaking time in committees nor give some delegates advantages over others when it comes to recognition of their achievement and negotiation skills. When choosing which country to assign a delegation, the most important factors are quality of the application and the number of delegate positions requested. If you are not assigned one of the countries you requested, it may be to ensure that you receive the number of spots requested.
Countries are assigned separately depending on the type of delegation requested. There are two types of delegations:
General Assembly, Regional Bodies, UNSC, and HSC
Economic and Social Council.
If your school receives the first type of delegation/country assignment, then your school will only receive committees of those types (and analogously the same will happen if you receive an ECOSOC delegation). Due to the large number of schools interested in HMUN, we will assign no more than two General Assembly delegations or one General Assembly and one Economic and Social Council delegation to any single school. Schools that apply for two Economic and Social Council delegations may be assigned one General Assembly delegation instead.
How does my school apply for Specialized Agency committees?
Every school must submit a MUNBase application for their delegation that lists the number of students they would like to bring to conference. On the general MUNBase application, schools have the option of noting that they are interested in Specialized Agency committees. Any accepted school who expressed interest in applying for the Specialized Agencies will be sent an additional application where they will be asked how many positions they would like and what their committee preferences are. Assignments will be done on a rolling basis.
What is the Country Matrix and where can I find it?
The Country Matrix is a spreadsheet of each Country that can be represented at our conference along with all the committees in which that country has representation. Schools often use this to explore which countries they would like to rank in their preferences in their applications.
The Country Matrix can be found here.