Model African Union

A conference designed to provide young leaders with an opportunity to explore the inner workings of the African Union, and to practice international diplomacy by assuming the roles of African leaders.

ALAMAU is a five day conference affording young leaders from secondary schools around the world the opportunity to resolve, in five days of intense brainstorming and negotiations, some of the longest-running and most complicated issues on the continent.

The conference experience is not limited to committee sessions; through keynote presentations by African Union officials and foreign policy experts, a diplomatic roundtable featuring ambassadors from several countries, educational tours to historic sites, and a celebration of cultural diversity through the Cultural Night, delegates experience a highly intellectual, educative, and exciting conference.

Inspiration for ALAMAU is drawn from Model United Nations conferences held all around the world, which allow for diplomatic discussions about world issues. However, we choose to take it to a different level by focusing on Africa. By having delegates assume the roles of current African leaders, ALAMAU aims to empower young leaders to model international cooperation for development while celebrating diversity. In the shoes of these leaders, they are tasked to come up with resolutions as well as action plans that could reshape the way we think about the future of our continent through diplomacy.

Delegates to ALAMAU serve as representatives of various African governments on nine organs of the African Union. This affords them the opportunity to study complex African issues, understand the positions of African countries, and learn to successfully negotiate without compromising national interests.

The conference includes presentations by African Union officials and multi-sectoral experts, as well as a diplomatic roundtable featuring ambassadors from several countries. There are also parallel sessions for educators who will participate in discussions with thought-leaders, and engage in peer learning to advance their knowledge of the continent.

Delegates will also get to bond with their peers through other activities such as, tours to historic sites, a cultural night celebrating the continent’s diversity, a Gala Dinner and a Delegates’ Dance. The beauty of ALAMAU lies in the fact that both delegates and advisors involve themselves in an all-inclusive experience.