Every year around the world more than 400,000 school and university students take part in Model United Nations conferences. These events are a role-play of UN meetings and are usually based on the Security Council or General Assembly committees. Participants assume the role of national ambassadors or representatives; they engage in a debate and seek to solve global issues.
The United Nations Association - UK (UNA-UK) has developed this set of resources to support all those organising and taking part in Model UN events. The web page answers the 'top five' questions that UNA-UK receive about Model UN, and has links to downloadable PDFs they have written to support teachers organising a Model UN.
As well as a comprehensive guide to running and participating in a Model United Nations, there is also a set of curriculum-linked lesson plans for Key Stage 3, covering the following topics:
- Why does the UN exist and what does it do?
- How does the UN keep and build peace around the world?
- What are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and why are they important? What is UNESCO’s role as part of the UN system?
- What are human rights and children’s rights?
- How does the United Nations Security Council tackle global issues?