The Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly. The Model UN provides students an opportunity to experience the viewpoint of UN ambassadors from member states. Students play a role as a "delegate" which affords occasion to make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure - all in the interest of mobilizing "international cooperation" to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world. Before engaging in these delegate activities, issue research is necessary to ascertain awareness on topics such as peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development, and globalization. As a delegate, with a designated country, there is need to investigate the designated country's history, governmental structure, geography, economics, culture, needs, goals, and foreign policies.
The Model United Nations provides a vast array of benefits. Some of the benefits are:
- Knowledge through the promotion of interest in world events and a variety of subjects.
- Network of contacts through opportunities to meet interesting new people.
- Education beyond the study and discussion of global issues through the development of useful skills of research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, compromise, and cooperation.
- Experience through in-depth analysis of global issues that promote an understanding of the world that is useful throughout personal and professional venues.
Once a decision has been made that a model U.N. assembly would be beneficial, there are a number of considerations and steps that must be taken to ensure that the embarked upon experience is a success.
Dr. Anne Marie Choup
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