Students 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.
Previous topics at Model United Nations conferences include:
•Education for All
•The Future of Afghanistan
Why not have a look at 2013’s resolutions on the topic “Global Food Security”