IDIA and Rutgers University present

Philadelphia Model United Nations

Welcome to PhilMUN!

PhilMUN 2023 will take place from February 23-26.

Philadelphia Model United Nations is our second conference of the Model UN season. This program of the Institute for Domestic & International Affairs, Inc., started empowering students in 2007 when we chose to hold a conference outside of New Jersey. PhilMUN has grown dramatically in size since the first year, bringing many students together to discuss and address global issues.

PhilMUN is characterized by its in-depth topic briefs, well-trained staff, and small committee sizes. Backed by IDIA, all PhilMUN staffers are Rutgers undergraduate students who complete a year-long training program before running the conference. Attend to learn why PhilMUN is one of the best conferences for your delegates, novice and veteran alike.

Committees & Topics

Browse the committees available at this year’s PhilMUN conference, and start the registration process.

From the Secretary-General

Hello everyone and welcome to Philadelphia Model United Nations 2023! The conference will be taking place February 23-26, 2023 at the Wyndham in Old City, Philadelphia.

PhilMUN, as always, has a regional and thematic focus to help delegates gear their in-committee discussions towards challenges in certain parts of the world, in a specific context. This year’s will be focused on Africa and preserving humanity among advancement and promoting proactive development. As the world becomes more advanced and we see rapid growth from both developed and developing nations, this comes with a set of dilemmas. Ultimately, to create a “better” world, we should not have to be asked to sacrifice our humanity or empathy for the cause of development, even if this means making tough decisions, which raises the question of what we’re willing to sacrifice to take the world into the future. The concept of proactive development comes from my observations in committee, where I’ve seen reactive decision-making that focuses too specifically on a certain situation or set of circumstances, leading to solutions that might not hold up in the future, or potentially create more problems. Reactive thinking as opposed to proactive thinking leads us to leave out important considerations in our solutions and leads to the same problems popping up again and again. Promoting proactive thinking, and particularly proactive development in terms of the world stage ensures that delegates and policy makers are considering the big picture and keeping in mind the greater good, and it is my goal that delegates keep this in mind while discussing their topics over the course of committee.

If you have any questions, especially about registration or the conference itself, feel free to contact us at Any questions or comments can also be sent to me at Prior to the conference, the Secretariat, along with the rest of our staff, is available to provide information or do outreach programs to help schools prepare. With that, we look forward to meeting you all in February at PhilMUN 2023!

Mohit Khandekar
PhilMUN 2023


About PhilMUN

Philadelphia Model United Nations 2023 will take place from February 23-26, 2023.

PhilMUN will take place at the Wyndham Historic District in Philadelphia’s Olde City neighborhood. The Wyndham serves as both the conference center and hotel for students attending the conference.

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Logistics & Lodging
Rules & Policies
COVID-19 Info

PhilMUN is a four-day conference that begins on Thursday evening and continues until Sunday early afternoon. Delegates debate their topics in committee, and also have the opportunity to attend workshops focused on both policy issues and life skills.

Lodging is provided at select hotels conveniently located at or near the conference premises. Please see details below, or email for more info on how to include lodging in your registration.

The conference schedule listed here is tentative and subject to change based on venue availability, speaker schedules, etc.

As an IDIA-sponsored conference, IDIA adheres to a uniform set of rules governing participant conduct, debate style, and awards. Please see detailed policy documents below, and email with any questions.

In accordance with local, state, and federal guidance as well as the protocols established by the Wyndham and the City of Philadelphia, IDIA will be enforcing several new COVID-19 rules for all conference participants, chaperones, and staff.

  • All participants, chaperones, and staff are required to wear a face mask or cloth covering at all times on conference premises, except when in own hotel rooms.
  • Even as IDIA takes all possible measures to ensure a safe conference environment, there is always an inherent risk in any group activity. As such, this year’s permission slip will include a COVID-19 waiver that is required for all participants.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 protocols, please contact us at 

Register your team for PhilMUN today, and ask us about available scholarships for schools and students with demonstrated need.