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A Model United Nations

Socially-based Curriculum Unit

This unit, developed for CGW4U, Canadian and World Issues, Grade 12, has students participate in a “Model United Nations” (MUN), a simulation where students gather to represent participating United Nations General Assembly nations and debate a resolution related to a world problem.

At a typical MUN, students research the official policy of a government on specific issues, write position papers, debate positions, create alliances and voting blocs, and make recommendations on various submitted positions to resolve the issue at hand.

Participating delegates gain insight into the workings of the United Nations by assuming the role of UN representatives.  It is an exciting chance for students to make their own decisions about the issues that confront world leaders, and a unique opportunity to have students experience the challenges of international negotiations.

The United Nations was founded to foster constructive, cross-cultural, open dialogue in order for nations to solve complex world problems.  In that spirit, a MUN stresses an in-depth examination and resolution of pressing issues, and emphasizes process over product.  Students should learn the importance of balancing national interests with the needs of the international community.

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