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plymun09_ghana_chambermun_logo_homeSecondary and sixth form. 

A Model United Nations (UN) Assembly is a simulation or role play of the United Nations. Participants take on the role of delegates from countries who are members of the United Nations and debate serious global issues such as climate change, child soldiers or the Israel-Palestinian conflict. 

Model UN Assemblies enable participants to experience, practice and experiment with technical writing, debating, public speaking, listening, strategic thinking, conflict resolution, negotiation and decision making.

Successful Model United Nations Assemblies have taken place in the South West, with annual Assemblies now established in Torbay, Plymouth and Exeter. The programme is currently expanding to other parts of the South West including Cornwall. MUNSW has a dedicated interative Moodle website which students use when preparing to take part in a MUN Assembly:

See our MUN_flier_2013.pdf for more details or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the Global Centre in Exeter if you would like to become involved.

The Assemblies are targeted at gifted and able KS3 and KS4 students and sixth formers.

un_flagsThe learning objectives of MUN Assemblies are to enable participants to:
• Gain insight into the workings of the United Nations and the dynamics of international relations by providing opportunities to assume the roles of UN representatives
• Understand relations between countries and particularly power relations between rich and poor countries
• Carry out in-depth research which will include geography, history, science and economics related to climate change and issues of global poverty and the MDGs
• Debate the issues that confront world leaders and draft resolutions in response to these global issues
• Develop and experience important social skills such as teamwork and group cooperation, conflict resolution, negotiation, consensus-building, critical thinking, public speaking and listening.

 plymun09_saudisThe Plymouth Model UN Assembly 2010 enacted a UN Security Council debate on Israel-Palestine conflict. This was the first time that MUNSW staged a UN Security Council debate. The event took place at the Civic Centre in Plymouth during December and involved sixth formers from schools and colleges around Plymouth.

In terms of team participation, this was one of the best MUN Assemblies yet; all participants really threw themselves into the roles of diplomats from Security Council member states. The debate was livened up considerably thanks to strong performances by the Israeli and Palestinian 'observer delegations' who had researched very thoroughly the history of the conflict and the position that their countries were taking. Each country represented gave well researched presentations followed by lively question and answer sessions. Having heard each other's country position, teams lobbied one another and formed alliances before a debate on the resolution itself took place. The final resolution (PDF 78MB) was forwarded to the British Ambassador to the UN, HE Sir Mark Lyall Grant. He forwarded it to his colleagues and here is the response from Reza Afshar, the First Secretary (Political) to the UK Mission to the United Nations:

"I... congratulate the students on debating these very difficult issues and agreeing a text, ... parts of which are not far off some of the language that has appeared in Security Council texts in the past. I'll certainly keep the resolutions on file!... The involvement of young people in the Model United Nations is be much encouraged, it is a great way to get young people interested and engaged in international relations."


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