How To: Start a Model UN Team

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Model UN is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. Students can participate in the conference to learn how the world's most famous foreign policy association promotes peace, human rights, and other influences.

Prepare your friends and classmates for participation in the conference by forming a Model UN team.

  1. Get permission from your school or community center to set it up. Most schools will have guidelines for setting up an extracurricular activities group.
  2. Write a purpose statement to declare your commitment to creating this team. It should include why you want to start this team, what the group will stand for and how you propose to achieve this.
    • Example "The Model UN team engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. We have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events."
  3. You need a place where the team can meet and where you can set up a workspace with book resources, maps, and a computer if possible. Also, set up a consistent time to meet.
  4. Reach out to your school or community through social networks, blogs, and paper flyers. The team should include members who are familiar with one or many of the following skills:
    • debate
    • public speaking
    • international affairs
    • negotiation
    • conflict resolution
    • writing draft resolutions
    • plotting strategy
    • understanding UN rules and procedures
  5. Set a communications system. Include a telephone list of members, e-mail addresses, etc.
  6. Use the Model UN Preparation Guide to build your team's capacities and strengths for when you attend a Model UN.
  7. Once the team is ready, find a Model UN to attend in your area.

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