How it works

Students work in groups of 3 as delegations to the UN. Most play the role of a UN member state, Model-UN-1but 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


Previous topics at Model United Nations conferences include:

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


What if young people ruled the world?

During the 2013 series of Model United Nations Conferences students of schools and colleges from around Wales came together to discuss the theme ‘Global Food Justice’. During a day of intense negotiation, delegates representing nations from around the world entered into formal discourse within the General Assembly*. Tasked with the challenge of representing their nation (pre-allocated a month prior to the conference) on the global stage, nations worked together to create a resolution to make the global food system fairer.

Find out how students from each conference decided to tackle Global Food Justice by clicking the link below to see the final resolution.


*CEWC would like to thank the following local councils who kindly provided CEWC with the use of their Council Chamber for the days proceedings: Gwynedd, Flintshire, Swansea, Vale of Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire.