Educator Information

December 4th, 2017 

To:           Any and All High School Teachers Interested in Enhancing Global Education

From:       Kimberly J. Pace                                           
                 Faculty Director

                 Model United Nations of Alaska

Re:           Model United Nations of Alaska 2018

                 http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/modelun/

Please plan to bring your high school students to the 36th annual Model United Nations of Alaska, primarily sponsored by the University of Alaska, Anchorage and the UAA Political Science Department. The three-day program will provide a tremendous opportunity for your students to learn about the United Nations and how it works.

Topic: Global Cooperation Under Siege

When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 22, 23 & 24 of 2018.

Global Cooperation Under Siege, is the topic our students will to be tackling during this conference.  This year Model United Nations of Alaska will have seven committees that will spend substantial time dealing with many of the facets of this topic.  Please see committee description below:

Model United Nations 2018 Committees

International Criminal Court (ICC)  - The ICC is an international tribunal whose purpose at this year’s MUN is to investigate and prosecute states responsible for international crimes such as war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression.  In teams of two, students will represent one of twelve states involved in cases pulled from current and in some cases ongoing events.  Students will act as attorneys, either defending or prosecuting states, in cases tried before a panel of 3 Justices (including the Director of ICC acting as Chief Justice and two attorneys with experience in Human Rights cases).  This committee provides an opportunity for experienced MUN students to participate in a separate select committee outside of the Security Council.           

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State. 

United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)  - The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) was founded 1972 as a result of The United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which assembled in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier that year. Tasked with the responsibility of addressing environmental problems among United Nations agencies, UNEP acts as the leading global environmental authority promoting coherent implementation of sustainable development and principal advocate for the global environment.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - First established in 1997, the UNODC is dedicated to preventing the global trade of illicit drugs and disrupting the systems of international crime. The UNODC is mandated to assist United Nation Member States in their respective efforts to reduce crime, terrorism and illicit drug trafficking.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, or “the Agency”) was created in 1957 in response to the newly found uses of nuclear technology. The Agency was set up as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organization within the United Nations family. From the beginning, it was given the mandate to work with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.  As tensions are rising around the possible use or threat of use of nuclear weapons this committee is particularly timely.

United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)  - The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was newly established on June 15, 2017 to provide to strategy, leadership, and formal advice on the impact of terrorism on the current and future state of the world. These views are also ensured to be carried out within all work of the United Nations.  

Initially created in the Department of Political Affairs under the names Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and the UN Counter-Terrorism Center, it was expanded into a larger office under the suggestion of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the report the Capability of the United Nations to Assist Member-States in Implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.  

SECURITY COUNCIL (SC) will respond to any current issues that lend themselves to the topic as well as any other issue that may arise.

NGOs and World Bank – MUN 2018

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been active in the United Nations since it’s founding in a number of ways. NGOs may establish working relations with particular departments, committees or agencies of the United Nations System, based on shared fields of interest and potential for joint activities. International NGOs active in the field of economic and social development may obtain consultative status with the United Nations allowing them to inform debate. They also often consult with member states and may be involved in funding a particular project.

NGOs at MUN 2018 will speak onstage during opening ceremonies to explain their mission and what types of resolutions they might be willing to fund.  NGOs will be given a budget to work with ranging in millions of dollars.  Any resolution proposing anything that requires funding will be required to go to the NGO delegates or to the World Bank delegates to find funding sources.  For example: A resolution from Iceland calls for the creation of an international body to definitively measure the amount of thawing of the continental shelf. The delegation from Iceland would have to approach willing NGOs and or the World Bank to see if they could get funding for their proposed project. UAA will represent several NGOs at the conference. They will be free to go into any committee where they feel they can make a valuable contribution. As an NGO they will be able to provide unbiased expertise on a topic, helping to deepen debate, make resolutions more realistic, and pressing countries on key issues that other states may not necessarily challenge them on. NGO delegates are free to stay in one committee for the whole conference or swap between them. NGOs integrate in any committee with rights to speak, disseminate information, and vote on procedural matters but cannot vote on resolutions. NGO delegates will be required to report back to their Faculty Advisor on their progress throughout the conference.

A diverse range of NGOs are being represented at this year’s MUN.  Students representing NGOs will be required to prepare a presentation (may be Power Point) during opening ceremonies.  This will allow other delegates to get familiar with the NGOs and to ask for their financial support.  

The World Bank will be represented by UAA delegates and be embedded in each of the six committees.  Similar to NGOs, World Bank delegates will have a specific budget and be authorized to spend up to their limit within their specific committee.  More details will be given during Opening Ceremonies.

Model United Nations Goal

The goal of Model United Nations 2018 is to move beyond generalities and focus on specific ideas and goals relating to the topic of  “Global Cooperation (or lack thereof)” within the realm of the seven committees.  To encourage thoughtful preparation and serious participation in this simulation, awards will be given to those delegations (teams) that demonstrate the best overall role-playing in representing their nation-state in the Model UN.  Awards will be presented during the closing ceremony Saturday, February 24, 2018. 

Model United Nations Delegations

  • Every delegation represents a member nation-state of the Model United Nations of Alaska or a state with Observer Status. 
  • NGOs will also be represented as will the World Bank.
  • It is up to each Faculty Advisor to determine which committees will be represented by each delegation, i.e. if your delegation only has 3 members; it is up to the Faculty Advisor to determine which committees to represent.   
  • If assigned a Security Council seat, teams may have up to six members and the Security Council seat must be filled.
  • If assigned a case before the ICC, at least two students must represent one country acting as either the Defense or Prosecution – Example:  Russia v. the United States of America – 2 students will act as attorneys for Russia and 2 students will act as attorneys for the United States of America.
  • Every delegation may be represented in the General Assembly on ICC, UNHCR, UNODC, ITO,  and the Security Council.  States that hold a SECURITY COUNCIL seat MUST fill the SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT.
  • Every delegate within a team or representing a nation-state or an NGO has the responsibility for representing “their” nation-state, NGO or World Bank in the committees and in the General Assembly and must participate in the preparation of the particular topic focus addressed in their sessions. 
  • Faculty Advisors with foreign exchange students may request to represent the exchange student’s home nation-state on the registration form.

Model United Nations Secretariat

MUN has a UAA student Secretariat consisting of a Secretary General, an Under Secretary General, and Directors for the NGOS, World Bank, and all 7 committees.  Each of these bodies needs a delegation member to serve as rapporteur (recorder/reporter). If you have any MUN experienced and reliable students that you would like to nominate for this role, please send us this information on or before January 15, 2018 or include the information in your registration form. 

Model United Nations Preparation

To ensure serious preparation and participation in the Model UN of Alaska, teams are required to submit to the Secretariat 

  • One position paper per delegation. Due date is February 1, 2018.
    ALL POSITION PAPERS MUST BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE LINK ON THE MUN HOME PAGE.  
  • One draft resolution representing their nation-state’s key focus of interest in each of the six bodies (, and the SECURITY COUNCIL) in which they are represented. When the agendas for each of the bodies are being prepared, these draft resolutions will be incorporated. Due date for resolutions is February 7, 2017. ALL RESOLUTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE LINK ON THE MUN HOME PAGE.  Delegations that do not submit their resolutions in advance will not be able to get them onto the agendas.
  • Many resolutions are presented and voted on during the closing General
  • Assembly Plenary session on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
  • Visit the MUN of Alaska website for useful preparatory materials and research resources, https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/modelun/ 

Model United Nations Registration and Payment deadlines

Model UN is funded by the students’ registration fees ($45 per delegate), the generous donations of the UAA community, donations from the Consulates in Anchorage, and from Anchorage’s business community.  Registration fees cover administrative costs, rental fees, and food and refreshments. Payment does not need to accompany registration, but must be received before the deadline in order to secure your nation-state assignments. 

The registration form can be found on the Model UN web site:  http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/modelun/.

Nation-state assignments are made after the registration form is received.

Email registrations will NOT be accepted.

The registration fees and deadlines are as follows:

$45.00 - Registration Fee
Payment and registration deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018.

No Refunds Will Be Given.

We encourage early registration to allow ample time for preparation.

You are expected to pay for the number of registered delegations so please just register for those you need. You can always request more before the payment deadline.

Nation-states are assigned by the Faculty Director to ensure proper representation in each of the bodies being simulated.

Please respect all deadlines as it provides for smoother conference preparation.

Please visit the Model United Nations web site at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/modelun/ for helpful information, forms, and Secretariat contact information. Look for us on Facebook. We hope to see you and your students at the 36th annual Model United Nations of Alaska.

I look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!

Sincerely,

Kimberly J. H. Pace

Faculty Director, Model United Nations of Alaska

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