After World War 2, nations needed to establish a common voice…

…in order to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security. This establishment became the United Nations. This forum was an ideal opportunity to engage students in global policy, thus teachers began “Modeling” the United Nations.

Today there are hundreds of annual conferences throughout the entire world that “Model” the Assemblies and Specialized Agencies of the United Nations, as well as national and multinational committees, in order to give middle school, high school, and college students the experience of passing national, international, or global policies that target the six goals of cooperation of international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace. As any wise person can see, this is quite a mission. And to put our students/future leaders into the driver’s seat of this collaborative exercise is quite an experience. In these “simulations,” Parliamentary Procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order are constantly being employed in conference halls of more than 200 students as well as smaller classrooms of about ten members of a presidential cabinet.

When Oprah Winfrey sends the students of her South African school to Cornell University to compete with American and other international high schools, you realize that this experience is all about creating the future.

 Check out the wikipedia page on Model UN for a more thorough discussion. And check out BestDelegate’s page on WHY you should do Model UN!

By the way, we’ve written a book about being successful at the best high school activity you could possibly be a part of. It’s written in your language, for you!

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