Page 52-59 (pdf) – International Human Rights
Page 60-61 – French Headscarves Ban
Pages 124-125 – Human Trafficking
In this unit, every student from Middle School to High School will participate in a ¨mini¨ Model United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Throughout the year, we have carried out various policy debates, in which the Proposition Side presents to the house a real problem and an adaquate solution to that problem, which the Opposition Side rejects. This process is not all that different from how real-world policy makers work.
Arguably the most important international organization for making real-world policies is the United Nations, where 193 member states get together with the intent to pass resolutions to conflicts, crisis and catastrophes.
Identify a problem in the world.
Relate to that problem on a personal level ¨putting yourself in their shoes¨.
Create a viable solution to that problem.
You will be working in groups, representing a country and given some problems to resolve. In groups, you must research your country, the problems and imagine how that country would want to present its case in the matter. Then, we will have the general assembly, which includes a debate, a caucus, draft resolutions and finally voting.
EVALUATION will be a peer assessment (plus a written component for 7th-8th grades).
WATCH EXAMPLES OF WOME WORLD LEADERS OPENING SPEECHES AT THE MOST RECENT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK…
MUN Training – Points and Motions:
M.U.N. Vocabulary… (COPYBOOKS!!!)
- Motion – topic being presented to the table in which country delegates can vote ¨FOR¨ or ¨AGAINST.¨
- Delegate – a speaker present at the United Nations General Assembly meetings who represents his or her country.
- Placard – a card with the name of a delegate´s representative country.
- Roll Call – when the chairperson calls out the names of the countries present, and delegates respond ¨present¨ or ¨present and voting.¨
- Agenda – list of topics to be discussed.
- Draft Resolution – a plan for a potential resolution to a real world conflict, which will be voted on (normally a 2/3´s majority vote is necessary to pass a resolution in the United Nations).
- Debate – when delegates are invited to present their country´s stance on an issue. Speeches from a ¨speakers list¨ are usually limited to 1-2 minutes, but there may be a motion to speak longer.
- Unmoderated Caucus – a temporary recess (approx. 20 minutes) when delegates can get together to informally discuss topics and prepare draft resolutions.
- Point of Information – when a delegate wants to oppose or question something the speaker says.
- Point of Order – when a delegate believes the rules of procedure have not been followed correctly.
- Point of Personal Privelege – when a delegate feels any personal discomfort (ex. noise, bathroom, distractions, etc.)
- Point of Inquiry – when a delegate is unsure about procedures.
- All students will be delegates representing a UN member state.
- Groups of 2-4 delegates will work together (Students can choose groups).
- Students may choose the country they wish to represent, however there are two restrictions: 1) that there is a good representation of the different regions of the world, and 2) that they cannot choose Chile.
- Students will vote on 2-3 resolutions regarding the following topics: Syria, Darfur, France Headscarves ban, Globalization, Isreal/Palestine conflict, Climate Change, Human Trafficking or North Korea´s Nuclear Program.