Model United Nations

Model United Nations at Richland College

The United Nations' goal is to dream for a better world and to play an active role in making that dream a reality.

Model United Nations will provide to Richland College Administrators, Faculty, Professional Support Staff and Students a unique opportunity to change the world that we live now, as a member of a global community, facing the challenges and the opportunities that the future is bringing to us with a strong commitment for peace, human rights and sustainable development.

What is the Model United Nations?

  • A simulation of UN organs, committees and agencies.
  • A student based activity where students role play ambassadors of the U.N.’s 191 member states.
  • A vehicle or tool to teach: geography, history, current events, international relations, global studies, as well English Language Arts skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

Why Model United Nations?

According to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS):

  • Social Science and humanities promote civic competence.
  • Integrate anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, humanities , mathematics and the natural sciences.
  • The primary purpose of the social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in the interdependent world.

The main skills you will develop are

  • Researching
  • Public Speaking
  • Debating
  • Writing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Problem Solving
  • Civic Participation

The Model United Nations provides the opportunity for the participants the following benefits:

  • Appreciate the difficulties experienced in developing a solution that will benefit all nations.
  • Analyze and evaluate background information on the country they are representing and the issue selected for debate.
  • Develop a point of view based on the foreign policy of the country they are representing.
  • Synthesize the data to develop creative solutions that will benefit all nations.
  • Begin to understand the complexities of the issues facing the international community.
  • Begin to understand the complexities of the issues facing the international community.
  • Develop speeches, working papers or resolutions to be used in the debate.
  • Negotiate with other participants to develop a consensus.
  • Model United Nations allows participants to practice diplomacy, negotiation, and policy writing. It exposes students to global viewpoints that would otherwise remain foreign to them.
  • Most importantly Model UN highlights the benefits of international cooperation and concern for the welfare of humanity regardless of national borders.

Millennium Development Goals Video

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