Carmelitas Model United Nations 2021 is a 3-day online international conference that gives high school students the chance to simulate the diplomacy and dynamics of international relations of the real-world United Nations. At CarMUN, delegates will engage in vigorous and productive debate regarding important global issues while creating and working together towards innovative solutions. During the conference, students will develop important skills such as speaking, negotiation, leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, drafting, among others.
The Carmelitas Model United Nations delegation was founded in October 2014. During that first year, we started our careers as delegates. In 2015, the first ever CarMUN conference was hosted at our school in Lima, Peru. Since then, we have organized and held interschool conferences every year, and made our way up into becoming one of the most important ones of Peruvian MUN culture.
Our first big accomplishment as a delegation, came at the national competition of Lima Model United Nations in August, where we were recognized for the first time as Best Large Delegation. This could not have been possible without the help of our advisors at the time, Alfredo Villavicencio & José Luis Valdera.
However, we know that this is not everything MUN is about. Being able to be recognized is just a small part of the experience. For us, one major example of that, was our participation at Harvard Model United Nations 2020, where we had the opportunity to travel all the way to Boston. We got there as a delegation, and returned as a family.
With CarMUN 2021, we are celebrating this year our 7th anniversary, and although we are still in a somewhat unknown and different context, we are working hard to welcome you into the best and biggest CarMUN conference ever. Thank you for being part of this experience!
Meet the Team
CarMUN 2021 is only possible thanks to the joint efforts of our team. Behind this year's conference are current students, advisors and former members from the school's delegation without whom none of this would be a reality.
In case of any doubts, you can send a direct message to our Instagram account or contact us through the following email:
Alberto Varela - Head Faculty Advisor and Conference Director:
Letter from the General Secretaries
Dear faculty advisors and fellow delegates,
Today we have the honor, on behalf of the entire Secretariat, of welcoming you to the 7th edition of Carmelitas Model United Nations, also known as CarMUN. Once again, we will be hosting this event virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Even though this year will be different from others, we will do our best to keep the Carmelitas spirit and enthusiasm we have shown you since we began this journey in 2014. We will do our best to raise the standards established by previous conferences to provide the best CarMUN experience to all of you, while at the same time, ensuring that you have a great time doing what you feel passionate about.
We both entered the Carmelitas MUN delegation in 2019, not knowing what to expect. We were received with open arms, as we both attended our first conference ever. We both fell in love with the debate experience, the adrenaline one feels right before giving a speech and the friendships made and grown there. Here we learned that people live in different realities, who suffer due to power disputes, but most importantly, that we sometimes, in our privileged lives, do not value what we have, and we do not think about those who don’t even have the basic needs to survive.
We both had the opportunity, in early 2020, of traveling all the way to Boston, Massachusetts, in order to attend one of the biggest conferences in the world. Here, we acknowledged that MUN is not only about sharing the policy of the country we represent. It is actually about going even deeper and getting to know people from all over the world representing their different points of view and culture heritage. We learned more about the human values that MUN seeks to spread: empathy, respect, social sensibility, trust and authenticity. Just as we learned from the good experiences, the bad ones have made us reflect on our daily lives.
COVID-19 came, and what we realized is that we humans are capable of adapting to our surroundings and situations, and that we are lucky to have the chance of debating in MUN virtually when others cannot. There is a quote we would like to share regarding the last statement, which is: “Where there is a will, there is a way”. Now, being months away from celebrating Peru’s bicentennial, we encourage you to take these reflections and teachings, plus the information you gain during your research, and share these with everyone in order to build a better society based on values, manners and human rights.
Before we finish, we would like to emphasize that none of this could have been done without the Secretariat as a whole and the guidance and patience from our Faculty Advisors. Moreover, we would like to thank you, delegates, for once again believing in the CarMUN experience and we hope that you enjoy the conference. We know that all of you have the capability of sharing your ideas in a diplomatic way, leading to the solution of issues portrayed not only in your committees, but in the world at the time being. You are capable of much more than you think. Please do not look at Model UN as an obligation or as a fountain of stress. Think of it as the key to unlock the doors of your future.
Thank you, and once again, welcome to CarMUN2021!