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Model UN

Model UN Club

Palos South Middle School

Club Sponsor: Mr. Kouba and Mrs. Partin

History of United Nations:

  • The name “United Nations” was developed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was first used during World War II.  Representatives from 26 nations pledged their Governments to continue fighting together against the Axis Powers.
  • The United Nations was officially established on October 24, 1945 with 51 countries committing to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security.
  • Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the United Nations with memberships totaling at 189 countries.
  • The United Nations has four purposes:
    • to maintain international peace and security
    • to develop friendly relations among nations
    • to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights
    • to be a centre of harmonizing the actions of nation

 What is Model UN?

  • Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the United Nations’ main organs.
  • This club examines many of the current international issues facing our world and explores possible solutions to these issues.
  • You will learn to work with peers, educate yourselves in world affairs, and become skilled at debating issues in a constructive environment.
  • You will prepare draft resolutions, plot strategies, negotiate with supporters and opponents, resolve conflicts, etc.
  • Before playing out your role as a Model U.N. ambassador, you will do research on the particular global problems to be addressed.  Problems are drawn from current headlines.

International Community Concerns:

  • Peace and Security
  • Human Rights
  • The Environment
  • Food and Hunger
  • Economic Development
  • Globalization

In order to represent your country, you will need to look more closely at the needs, aspirations, and foreign policy of the country by exploring insights on their:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Science

Development of Skills through Model U.N.:

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Problem Solving
  • Consensus building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Compromise and cooperation

Upcoming Meeting Topics:

  • How to Research
  • Getting to Know Your Country
  • Writing a Position Paper
  • Working in a Committee
  • Writing Resolutions

Member Expectations:

  • Attendance:
    • All students are expected to attend every meeting. Attendance will be taken at each meeting. 
    • Please let Mr. Kouba or Mrs. Partin know ahead of time if you are going to miss a meeting so you can find out what you will miss. 
    • Students not in attendance will need to come in for zero hour to make up the work done during the meeting they missed.
    • Respect:
      • A truly excellent member must have respect for the other members.
      • This is not a suggestion; it is a rule.
      • Respect is the one tool that will get you the furthest.