Model United Nations

This resource aims to help young people and those working with them to organise and take part in a Model United Nations - through debate, in Committee and in General Assembly.

Creative Junction forms meaningful partnerships that develop values, skills and understanding and finds creative approaches to inspire children, young people and those around them to discover potential. You can read more about our partnerships and projects and sign up to our monthly ebulletin at www.creativejunction.org.uk
A particular interest for us at Creative Junction is international and cultural collaborations, encouraging young people to grow as global citizens.
Creative Junction used the inspiration of the London 2012 games to develop, connect and champion partnerships and opportunities that broaden the international outlook of young people in the region and encourage them to develop their qualities of openness, understanding, enquiry, cooperation and equality.
We believe these qualities are important to their future lives and that this work will leave a legacy of young people in the South East and around the world with broadened horizons, new skills, enhanced global awareness and a greater sense of connectedness.

The United Nations (UN) is the nearest thing we have to a world parliament, but it doesn’t have the power to make laws; it passes resolutions which all 193 member states agree to act on through the Security Council, committees and General Assembly.

The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organisations based around the world to carry out its missions.

The UN has 4 main purposes:
• To keep peace throughout the world;
• To develop friendly relations among nations;
• To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy,
   and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms;
• To be a centre for harmonising the actions of nations to achieve these goals
   www.un.org/en/
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations

Model United Nations is a simulation activity in which young people play the role of diplomats representing a particular Member State of the United Nations, with older young people, teachers or youth workers taking on the role of UN advisers.

Taking part in a Model UN involves playing the role of an official delegate representing one member state of the United Nations and working in a team to form a delegation. Each delegation will try to persuade other member states to support their resolution.

The activity encourages you to stand outside yourself and look at the world differently.
Everyone involved learns something essential about how the world works and how as individuals and members
of an identified group we fit into it.

Planning and running a Model UN encourages the development of:
  • political literacy
  • human rights education
  • an understanding of global issues
  • independence of mind; gained by having to present a point of view that is not one’s own.

Young people, teachers, youth workers, partners and community organisations are all learning together about the complex issues that face the whole world, through the process of building a Model United Nations.

Use the links and prompts on this site to find out what the UN is, what its current priorities are and how these fit with what young people think are the most important issues that face the world. Young people choose the topics the want to debate.

The United Nations Association website is a good place to start and has resources to guide you through the whole process: www.una.org.uk/content/model-un

Start by choosing the countries that will make up the Assembly. It can be done with almost any number of people taking part, but whatever the number, a good range of countries is essential: geographically, economically and culturally. Read More

before ontheday aftertheday

The following comments came from students at secondary schools in Slough UK:

‘One of the best days of my life. I enjoyed every moment of it and
I have learnt to be more confident about myself.’

‘I’ve learnt how to stand my ground in an argument.’
‘This shows how children can take the lead.’
‘I liked the way we were treated like adults.’
‘This project evoked deep thoughts in me.’
‘The project has made me aware of the problems our world is facing.’
‘I’ve really enjoyed debating and taking the floor.’
‘I learnt how important communication is in our world.’

The UN has set the following eight Millennium Development Goals

 

End Poverty and Hunger
Universal Education
Gender Equality
Child Health
Maternal Health
Combat HIV/AIDS
Environmental Sustainability
Global Partnership

http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

Read about additional activities

Running a Model UN encourages you to stand outside yourself, understand what it is to be human and look at the world differently. We think artists and arts and arts and cultural organisations are great at doing this too.

Creative Junction works with artists and arts and cultural organisations to support the development of values, skills and understanding and to find creative approaches to inspire children, young people and those around them to discover potential. This is particularly relevant when planning and running a Model UN. Read More