Global Outreach & Leadership Development - GOLD 2019

New York Headquarters & Academic Center

The Outreach & Civic Engagement (OCE) Unit at LAU is organizing the Annual Global Outreach & Leadership Development (GOLD 2019) Conference which will take place at LAU’s New York Academic Center under the theme of “Methodology, Epistemology and Pedagogy of Model United Nations”.


Model United Nations Simulation programs provide knowledge and skills-based training in the areas of:

  1. Conflict resolution including the art of coalition building, communications, negotiations, open debate and creative building of alliances in principled manners; 
  2. Diplomatic skills with extensive knowledge about United Nations procedures and rules of diplomatic and protocol representation; 
  3. Knowledge about country demographics, economics and politics and in the setting and implementing of the rules of procedures from background guides to updated papers to navigating the whole process of simulation until resolutions are reached after the dynamics of moderated and unmoderated caucuses and the art of setting working papers are masterfully put in place and negotiated through;  and 
  4. Road map of how to establish an MUN culture from concept to implementation and from recruitment to mobilization and motivation . 


“Methodology, Epistemology and Pedagogy of Model United Nations”:

For the past 14 years, the Lebanese American University (LAU) has been a pioneer in simulation programs both in Lebanon and New York.

With more than 36,359 high school and middle school students taking part in LAU’s various simulation programs and conferences such as (Model UN, Model Arab League, Model European Union, and Global Classrooms International in New York), it is about time to build upon the potential of various school advisors and students. The 2019 GOLD conference will provide clear-cut methodology and introduce the Model UN’s introspective perspective in terms of delegate preparation, teacher preparation, and staff preparation. The United Nations system, structure, and strategy will be demystified for a better performance on all levels for all participants.

Various United Nations Specialized agencies, such as United Nations Volunteers, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, and FAO, as well as other prominent organizations are expected to attend in order to enrich discussions through both interactive workshops and hands-on experience.

If you are interested, please apply through the following link: GOLD 2019 Registration Application by June 8, 2019.

The conference registration fee is $1,500. LAU will provide 50% subsidy for LAU students for the conference registration ($750). Subsidy will also be provided for hotel accommodation. 

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by OCE for further information and for next steps.