How it works

model-un-small2.jpgStudents work in groups of 3 as delegations to the UN. Most play the role of a UN member state, but there are also slots for observer nations, non-governmental organisations, the international press and the UN Secretariat.

CEWC sets a topic for the conference, and provides background information and guidance at a briefing session 3 to 4 weeks before the conference. The students then undertake detailed research about their country or organisation, devising statements of position and ideas for international agreements.

The aim of the conference itself – usually held in the council chamber of a local seat of government – is for delegates to agree an international resolution on the issue under discussion, while playing the part of their country as authentically as possible.

Reaching agreement

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Previous topics at Model United Nations conferences include:

•Humanitarian Intervention
•Education for All
•Nuclear Disarmament
•Combating Disease
•International Debt
•The Future of Afghanistan

Why not have a look at 2013’s resolutions on the topic “Global Food Security”