Alma High School Model United Nations Club
What is Model UN?
Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of delegates from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student "delegates" make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure -- all in the interest of promoting international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
Before playing out their ambassadorial roles in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue that their committee will address. Model UN participants learn how the international community acts on its concerns about topics including peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization. Model UN delegates also look closely at the needs, goals, and foreign policies of the countries they will represent at the event. The insights they gain from their exploration of history, geography, culture, economics and science contribute to the authenticity of the simulation when the role playing begins. The delegates' in-depth knowledge of their countries guarantees a lively and memorable experience.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone! The club is for any student that is interested in politics, policy, and problem solving. Students who participate gain valuable experience in communication, researching, and conflict managment.
What are the Time Commitments?
The great thing about Model UN is that most of the time commitments are after school and at your own pace. Becoming an ambassador of another country takes a lot of research and work, but it's research and work that you complete at your own leisure. There are only two competitions (one in November and one in February) and both are during the school day. No matter what sport, club, or job you have, you'll always have time for Model UN.
How Do I Get More Information?
If you are interested in learning more about Model UN, contact Mrs. Eggenberger.