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To: Any and All High School Teachers Interested in Enhancing Global Education
Model United Nations of Alaska
Re: Model United Nations of Alaska
Please plan to bring your high school students to the 38th 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.
When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 27, 28, 29 of 2020.
“Global Justice,” is the topic our students will be tackling during this conference. This year Model United Nations of Alaska will have six committees that will spend substantial time dealing with many of the facets of this topic. Please see committee description below:
Model United Nations Committees
- The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (or UNPFII)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- United Nations Office on Counter Terrorism (UNOCT)
- United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
- Security Council (SC)
NGOs and World Bank
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been active in the United Nations since its 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. 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 2020 is to move beyond generalities and focus on specific ideas and goals relating to the topic of “Global Justice” within the realm of the six 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 29, 2020.
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. ❖*If assigned to the UNPFII, at least two students must be represented from the same school. For Example – Australia & Aborigine would come from the same school. Smaller committee, only 16 spots in total. ❖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, a President of the General Assembly and Directors for the NGOS, World Bank, and all 8 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 17, 2020 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 3, 2020. 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 10, 2020. 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 29, 2020. ❖Visit the MUN of Alaska website for useful preparatory materials and research resources, http://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 website.
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 27, 2020.
- 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 website for helpful information, forms, and Secretariat contact information. Look for us on Facebook. We hope to see you and your students at the 38th annual Model United Nations of Alaska.
I look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!
Kimberly J. H. Pace
Faculty Director, Model United Nations of Alaska